The Nyathi Story

Our history, philosophy and our vision for the future


Approved in 2005 as a Wildlife Sanctuary, and originally a private hunting farm Nyathi comprises virgin bushveld and has never been tainted by cattle overgrazing. As it was originally stocked with prime game for hunting purposes this has led to Nyathi having, and being recognised as having quality game, with a strong genetic footprint, and many trophy animals which are a pleasure for game viewing. The finger of land around which the original Nyathi was wrapped, was a tobacco farm. This farm was purchased and amalgamated into the greater Nyathi, and was allowed to return to its native savannah, introducing wide plains of grassland into the Nyathi ecosystem.

Nyathi is a wildlife sanctuary comprising limited, exclusive, private residences which are secluded, unfenced, and well positioned on their own freehold portions of this private game farm, with traversing rights across the common land which is owned by the Home Owners of Nyathi. The farm is meticulously managed and maintained by a team of Nyathi Staff under the direction of an experienced farm manager.  Biodiversity, conservation and game viewing are managed in harmony.



Our philosophy is driven through our conservation plans, to contribute to the conservation of landscapes, ecosystems, species and genetic variation, of the vast Waterberg Plateau.

The Waterberg is home to hundreds of bird species, of which 21 are threatened. The large rivers, streams and wetlands, cliffs and mountainous areas are important habitats for many game species. Conservation efforts protect not only the charismatic creatures the Waterberg is renowned for, but also precious ecosystems and vegetation types endemic to the region.



To take a longer-term approach to ensure the ecological integrity of the Nyathi wildlife reserve going forward, to maintain a naturally balanced ecosystem and to ensure that the associated lifestyle and game viewing experience retains its vitality and competitiveness well into the future. This requires a clear management vision for the reserve.

The key objectives of our conservation plan are to promote the biodiversity of Nyathi Eco-Estate through:

  • The restoration and preservation of all aspects of biodiversity of the Nyathi Eco-Estate.
  • Promotion of stability and sustainability of the ecosystem with minimal intervention and in the most cost-effective manner.
  • To provide a natural and marketable game viewing experience to all stakeholders on Nyathi Eco-Estate.
God in his wisdom made the fly
and then forgot to tell us why
Ogden Nash