The reserve takes its name from the Great Selati River which traverses the northern sector of the reserve from east to west. The river was named after the Selati Gold Fields and was the scene of a minor gold rush in 1865. The gold fields were named after Shalati, the female chief of the small Tebula tribe who lived in the bush around the Murchison Range to the north of the area.
The rolling, hilly countryside is punctuated by spectacular granite outcrops and the relief affords visitors spectacular views of the surrounding bushveld and the magnificent Drakensberg range to the west.
The beauty of the many riverine structures that permeate the reserve is topped by the semi-perennial Selati River which meanders for some 22 km through the reserve.
It offers visitors excellent game viewing. Vehicle traffic on the reserve is very low due to the low development density and relatively low occupancies by the owners.
The Selati Game Reserve is home to over 50 different species of medium to large size mammals, including elephant, black and white rhino, sable antelope, lion, leopard and cheetah.
The varied habitat on the reserve supports a vibrant bird population and the diverse geological substructure gives rise to a variety of plant species, including the Encephalartos Dyerianus, the rarest cycad on the planet.
A unique feature of the Selati Game Reserve is its constitution, which fosters a collaborative approach towards the management of the reserve amongst the private owners.
With strong ties to farming and agriculture, the owners have always played to their strengths in shaping the reserve’s evolution.
There are no hospitality operations on the reserve. Instead, efforts have been directed at managing the game and veld resource in a closed system all aimed at realising our vision and purpose.
Our commitment is to our vision: to create an enduring legacy by conserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the ecosystem through the astute and sustainable management of resources.