The Mjejane Game Reserve Lifestyle Experience
Mjejane Game Reserve is the last significant tract of undisturbed bush adjoining the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park. At 4000ha this property can be considered completely unique as it offers an authentic Kruger Park orientated wildlife lifestyle experience that will be impossible to match by future developments that may take place alongside the Crocodile River.
Mjejane adjoins the Crocodile River more or less south of the Biyamiti section of the Kruger National Park. Technically this ecozone (D1) is referred to as the Crocodile River thickets. The vegetation in the Biyamiti/Mjejane area is particularly attractive being comprised of tall woodlands dominated by trees such as knob-thorns, red bushwillows, marulas,
leadwoods as well as apple-leafs, silver cluster-leafs and tambotis. Growing alongside the watercourses and drainage lines are magnificent bushveld trees such as the jackalberry, sausage tree and sycamore fig.
Along Mjejane’s 12 km river frontage with the Kruger National Park the Crocodile River flows through a variety of aquatic environments such as reed beds, rocky channels and deeper pools. Where the river is flanked by floodplains the spotting of game coming to drink is particularly easy and photographic opportunities abound.
The Crocodile River at Mjejane Game Reserve is home to a high density of hippos and crocodiles.
With game moving across the river on a daily basis the opportunity of witnessing something extraordinary is a real possibility.
Mjejane Game Reserve has been Big 5 territory ever since 2008 when the fences separating it from the Kruger National Park were removed. Ever since then herds of elephant and buffalo have crossed over the Crocodile River and entered the reserve along with a variety of top predators such as Lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
Mjejane has a resident pride of lions that are specialized in hunting buffalo. In fact the reserve has become internationally renowned for the ongoing and often violent interactions between the resident lions and buffalos. Hunting and kills are frequently seen from close quarters.
Herds of plains game such as zebra and wildebeest also occur in the reserve. Waterbuck and other antelope such as kudu, bushbuck and impala are common. With this mix of species it stands to reason that kills by predators do occur within Mjejane Game Reserve. In this regard Mjejane is no different from the Kruger National Park as the animals are all from the Kruger National Park and they do not distinguish between the north or the south of the river.
The reserve falls under the conservation management authority of SANParks who, in the early days, stocked the reserve with game species that typically do not cross rivers.
Major rivers cutting across the Park are excellent year round birding environments and the Crocodile River is no exception. In fact the Crocodile River ecozone is an exceptional birding destination being a region where the distribution ranges of species typically found to the north and to the south of the region overlap. Mjejane Game Reserve boasts a large permanent dam and other lesser seasonal water holes – all of which attract game and prolific birdlife. The Mjejane bird list will continue to grow in number through the participation of owners and guests submitting their sightings made on and from the property.
Mjejane Game Reserve is first and foremost a place of rest – a wildlife sanctuary - where property owners will find a tranquil bush retreat alongside other like-minded investors.
Homeowners enjoy traversing rights on all open roads in the reserve in their own Mjejane registered open safari vehicles. Private cars may only travel to and from residential nodes along the main access road when entering into or departing from the reserve. A 500ha portion of the property stocked with non-dangerous game has been set aside for safe walking and mountain biking.
An outstanding feature of the lifestyle experience offered by this game reserve is the privately owned low level bridge between Mjejane and the Kruger National Park. This bridge provides Mjejane home owners with exclusive direct conditional access into the Kruger National Park. It is a first in the history of the Kruger and is likely to be the last as well.
In addition to the wildlife experience on offer in the reserve itself, Mjejane Game Reserve enjoys a central situation between the Malelane and Crocodile Bridge Gates of the Kruger National Park which makes Kruger access via either of these gates an easy alternative option especially when stocking up on supplies as both Malelane and Komatipoort offer a choice of supermarkets and other of shops, medical facilities and the like. The Super Spar in Malelane provides a delivery service directly to the private lodges in Mjejane Game Reserve. Place your order in advance of your stay and your supplies will be waiting for you on arrival. How’s that for convenience?
Three excellent golf courses (Malelane Country Club, Leopard Creek in Malelane and Kambaku in Komatipoort) are situated within 15 to 30 minutes from the entrance to Mjejane Game Reserve. A fourth golf course at Skukuza is within an easy drive through the Park and a number of courses within 60 minutes drive are to be found in the Nelspruit and White River precincts. Tiger-fishing in the Komati River is within 30 minutes and other activities such as elephant-back safaris and microlight flights are offered a mere 15 minutes from the entrance to the reserve. Day outings to Swaziland and Mozambique are also within easy striking distance from Mjejane Game Reserve.
What makes an investment in Mjejane Game Reserve especially attractive is its ease of access from major centres around South Africa and indeed the world. Drive time from Gauteng is about 4.5 hours on tar (N4) all the way while Kruger Mpumulanga International Airport with connecting flights from
O.R. Tambo and Cape Town International airports is a mere 60 minutes drive from the reserve.
All of these features combined make Mjejane Game Reserve a highly desirable investment proposition that is certain to deliver healthy returns into the future because when you live at Mjejane you can enjoy the African bush as if you were living in the Kruger Park itself.