Mattanu Private Game Reserve

Mattanu Private Game Reserve is a luxury conservation area and lodge located in the Northern Cape Province, the biggest, safest and Malaria free province in South-Africa, approximately 58Km north west of the diamond digging city of Kimberley. Here you will savour uncompromising high standards of service, efficiency and personalised attention. Come and relax in the African Kalahari Bushveld Savannah amidst the Camel-thorn trees. Enjoy your evenings in our air-conditioned luxury restaurant and bar and experience true South-African cuisine.

Grade

Epic

Disabled Friendly

Yes

Accommodation

No

Team Building Facilities

Yes

Family Friendly

Yes

Game Drives

The Game Drives usually depart early morning and late afternoon and snacks/cold drinks are included.

Quad Bikes

Early morning game drives may also be done on Quad bikes at R350 per person for accommodation guests replacing the morning game drive with a quad bike ride.

Game Capture Safari

If accommodation is booked a minimum of 1 hour helicopter flying time needs to be booked at R6500/hour and this includes flying time for 2 pax. R1050pp excl VAT wanting to fly thereafter.

As a day trip the package will be booked as above and R450pp excl VAT will be charged additionally for a game drive and dinner.

Massage Treatments

Massage treatments ranging from a foot to a full body massage can be arranged along with your accommodation packages.

Our therapists can help you relax with a foot and leg, back neck and shoulder (R300) or full body massage (R500).

Helicopter Game Viewing & Bushveld Dinner Fly-Inn Flips

We also have Helicopter game viewing and bushveld dinner fly-inn flips (total combined weight of 255kg). Flip rate of R6800 excl VAT. Bushveld dinner fly-in for day visitors, R1425 incl VAT per person.

Accommodation guest’s short helicopter flights at R1368 include VAT. Weights need to be accurate for your own safety otherwise flights will be cancelled without reimbursement.

Helicopter Fly-Fishing

Fly in to fly. Few pastimes evolve into obsession and none can derive such satisfaction irrespective of result. The anticipation of the first nibble at your line along with a scenic helicopter flight to the banks of the mighty Orange or Vaal River culminates into sheer excitement for what lies hidden beneath the surface. Fly in to any river or dam in the Northern Cape and test your skill against the Largemouth and Smallmouth Yellowfish, Carp, Barbel or Bass. The History

Mattanu Private Game Reserve

Mattanu is a Hebrew phrase meaning, “gift from above”. This is the underlying factor why we want to share Gods creation with everybody. This 4700 ha (11600 acres) Game Reserve, owned by the Kriek family, started in 1991 when the owner, Dr JC Kriek, originally from Zimbabwe, imported 95 endangered Roan antelope and 65 rare Sable antelope species into South-Africa from Malawi.

This is regarded by many as the most successful Game capturing and importation operation ever. Dr JC Kriek is also regarded by many as the pioneer for the breeding of endangered antelope industry in Southern Africa. Ever since then more than 300 Roan, Sable and Disease free Buffalo have been bred at Mattanu. Dr JC Kriek also wrote the protocol for the breeding of disease free Buffalo and fittingly was the first private game rancher to receive permission for the breeding of these Buffalo.

The profit returns from the Malawi operation was used to purchase Mattanu Private Game Reserve, which was then a cattle farm, in 1990 and to date many millions have been spent in the development of the infrastructure and the re-introduction of numerous species. To date there are over 36 different animal species and approximately 700 animals on Mattanu.

The Northern Cape is a very dry province and therefore not many diseases exist in this province. This is one of the main reasons way most of the animals breed so well and why the conservation of all our species are so positive. This is all worthwhile as Mattanu Private Game Reserve is not only a Game Ranch or a business, but a dream being realized and a passion of the whole Kriek family.

The breeding of endangered and rare antelope species is the main industry at Mattanu along with the game capture and immobilization by Dr JC Kriek, veterinarian and commercial helicopter pilot, and his son Johann Kriek, commercial helicopter pilot. Mattanu’s private helicopter is also used in the very popular bushveld dinner fly-inns, helicopter game viewing and the transportation of numerous guests. Therefore it is a very handy tool in the eco-tourism on the farm, managed and marketed by the younger son, Jacques Kriek, whom finished his degree in tourism management and marketing. The Kriek family is personally involved in the reserve and with all tourists and visitors to Mattanu and thus guests can be assured of great service and hospitality through their personal attention to your every need. The catering on Mattanu is done by the mother, Daleen Kriek, and the distinct flavours of the unique South-African dishes is brought out in all of her creative and divine meals. Mattanu also employed another chef from Zimbabwe to define the service and combine the African aromas to create an experience rather than a meal. The youngest daughter, Heleen Kriek has her degree in Somatology (beauty therapy) and future plans for Mattanu will include a natural state-of -the-art health and fitness spa.

It was the younger son, Jacques Kriek, who saw the need to diversify and market the existing product to tourists. Therefore the tourism part of the business started developing in 2006 and very soon after that we saw a great need for an upmarket lodge, conference facility, wedding venue and luxury accommodation in the Northern Cape area. The Northern Cape with its Kalahari Bushveld savannah has so much to offer if marketed correctly. So we started with our new developments in September of 2006 and finished around November of 2007.

Hopefully this investment into our beautiful province will bring more feet to the Northern Cape and increase the economic contribution and multiplier effect the tourism industry already has. The local community of Barkley-west and Kimberley benefited greatly from this development as only local labour was used and local businesses and establishments were supported.

The new development entailed a new lodge with fully equipped kitchen that can easily cater for up to 150 delegates in a truly traditional way. The lodge also includes a bar area, an underground wine cellar and state of the art conference facility. In addition to the lodge there is a wooden deck walk way to the centre of our new island centre swimming pool area which is overlooked by a natural rock waterfall feature. A tiled pathway leads you from the lodge to the new luxury tents. All five tents are air-conditioned, have their own private decks, mini-bars, jet-spa baths and under floor heating. A luxury thatched roof suite and log cabin is also available for families as a fully catered or self-catering option.

In addition to the new lodge development Mattanu also upgraded from their R22, 2-seater helicopter and invested in a new R44, 4-seater helicopter. This luxury air-conditioned leather seated addition is key to our unique activities including helicopter fly-fishing trips, helicopter game viewing, helicopter paintball, bushveld dinner fly-inns, luxury transfers and game capture safaris.

Our game capture safaris are often run as part of overseas veterinary student courses. During these courses we mentor and transfer skills to up and coming wildlife veterinary enthusiasts. One of our aims is to keep this 4-star and AA superior graded establishment affordable to the local and international tourists and share our conservation efforts with everyone with a sense of adventure. These unique factors contributed to the numerous accommodation, service and wine list awards Mattanu has received over the last 11 years.

The Kriek Wildlife Group was joined by Heleen’s husband Burger Schoeman in 2015 and his role is to manage the reserve and infrastructure along with all staff relations. Future plans include a meat processing facility which will also fall under his expertise. The Kriek Wildlife Group’s latest project was to host a very successful annual auction in 2016 and 2017 where everybody is involved in the planning, game capture, execution of event and delivering of animals.

Our Awards

•        2008 OFM Sanlam/Cobalt good service award

•        2009 Northern Cape Tourism Excellence Silver award

•        2009 Dr Kriek receives Wildlife Ranching SA Game Rancher of the year award

•        2010 AA accommodation award finalist for best Game/Nature Reserve in SA

•        2011 AA accommodation award national winner for best small (7 rooms or less) Game/Nature Reserve in SA

•        2012 Diners Club Platinum Wine List award

•        2012 AA accommodation award national winner for best Game/Nature reserve Experience in SA

•        2013 Diners Club Diamond Wine list award

•        2013 Lilizela award winner for best accommodation service provider in the Northern Cape

•        2013 PMR Diamond arrow award for best Game Lodge in the Northern Cape

•        2015 Lilizela Award Winner for best accommodation service provider in the Northern Cape

•        2016 Lilizela Award for Best Lodge Accommodation in the Northern Cape

Accommodation
Thatched Roof Suite

R3600 for first two and R700 pp

Extra for additional room per night

The luxury suite can accommodate 4 adults. One room is a double bed loft room opening up onto a deck and the downstairs room is either a twin room or can be moved together as a queen.

This double storey, thatched roof building is very private and offers a fire place lounge with plasma screen, boma/braai area, kitchenette, viewing deck and two bathrooms (One with corner bath and one with shower). This includes an afternoon game drive followed by dinner and a morning game drive followed by breakfast. You will also receive a welcoming drink, cold drinks, champagne and chocolate in the rooms.

Self-Catering
Thatched Roof Suite

R2300 for first 2 and R400 pp

Additional for extra room per night

This option is available which would include all amenities, fire wood and all basic cutlery and crockery. This double storey, thatched roof building is very private and offers a fire place lounge with plasma screen, boma/braai area, kitchenette, viewing deck and two bathrooms (One with corner bath and one with shower). Morning or afternoon Game drives (R200pp), Dinner (R200pp) and Breakfast (R100pp) can be arranged additionally and in advance.

Fully Inclusive
Log Cabin

R3600 for first two and R700 pp

Extra for additional room per night

One luxury Log Cabin is available which can accommodate 4 adults. Both rooms are identical, en-suite with corner bath and shower, and opens up onto a wooden veranda with a view of the waterhole. A 6-seater Jacuzzi is also available on the veranda for your private use.

The Cabin is very private and offers a fire place lounge with plasma screen, own braai area, covered veranda, fully equipped kitchen and undercover parking. This includes an afternoon game drive followed by dinner and a morning game drive followed by breakfast. You will also receive a welcoming drink, cold drinks, champagne and chocolate in the rooms.

Self-Catering
Log Cabin

R2300 for first 2 and R400 pp

Additional for extra room per night

One luxury Log Cabin is available which can accommodate 4 adults. Both rooms are identical, en-suite with corner bath and shower, and opens up onto a wooden veranda with a view of the waterhole. A 6-seater Jacuzzi is also available on the veranda for your private use.

The Cabin is very private and offers a fire place lounge with plasma screen, own braai area, covered veranda, fully equipped kitchen and undercover parking. Morning or afternoon Game drives (R200pp), Dinner (R200pp) and Breakfast (R100pp) can be arranged additionally and in advance.

Fully Inclusive
Safari Tented Accommodation

R1 790 pppn sharing

Five Luxury Tented units are available. Tented accommodation is R1790/person per night sharing and includes an afternoon game drive followed by dinner and a morning game drive followed by breakfast. A single supplement rate of 50% will be charged for non-sharing guests. Children u/12 sharing a room with their parents will be 50% of adult rate.

Every tent has its own private deck, under-floor heating, air-conditioning and a jet spa bath. You will also receive a welcoming drink, cold drinks, champagne and chocolate in the room.

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