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About Babanango Matatane Camp

Matatane Camp at Babanango Game Reserve invites adventurers to a rustic yet comfortable self-catering retreat, where seven beautiful chalets and a majestic main lodge blend into the surrounding wilderness. Spread across 130 hectares of captivating, malaria-free landscape in KwaZulu Natal, this camp ensures a secure environment for encountering the wonders of the wild. Whether venturing on thrilling walking trails, conquering obstacle courses, or experiencing the heart-pounding multi-platform zipline, guests are immersed in nature's beauty and diverse wildlife.

Gather under starlit skies in the traditional boma for a South African braai or explore the pristine wilderness. Matatane Camp promises an unparalleled bush encounter with zebras, wildebeests, impalas, kudus, and a symphony of vibrant birdlife. The camp captures the spirit of the wild, offering an extraordinary experience, with a communal braai area, and excellent facilities, perfect for family celebrations, corporate events, and weddings. Additionally, two self-contained tented satellite camps, each with 14 and 8 Meru-style canvas tents respectively, provide a closer connection with nature. All tents feature en-suite bathrooms, kitchen facilities, and daily servicing.

Babanango Matatane Camp Setting

Located in the White Umfolozi Valley near the majestic Nhlazatshe Mountain of Zululand in South Africa, Matatane Camp offers a breathtaking setting. Surrounded by historical and battlefield sites, the camp is a gateway to the intriguing stories and heritage of the region. For outdoor enthusiasts, Matatane Camp is a haven. Explore hiking trails, and indulge in game viewing, mountain biking, and birding. Soon, an Activity Centre will offer high-energy activities like abseiling and zip-lining. Beyond adventure, Matatane Camp is abundant with wildlife – bring binoculars to spot diverse species of animals, birds, and reptiles. Whether it's a family escapade or a nature lover's retreat, Matatane Camp promises an immersive experience among South Africa's natural wonders.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Is Matatane Camp suitable for children?

  • Is Babanango a Big Five Game Reserve?

  • Is Malaria prevalent in this area?


  • Lovely stay

    The view was absolutely stunning! Our chalet has everything we needed, it was a very comfortable stay.

    Conservio.com review

    D. Phillips

  • Unique place

    Everything about this special place was excellent! We will definitely be back again in the summer.

    Conservio.com review

    E. Clark

Babanango Matatane Camp impact highlights

Babanango Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, stands as a notable success story intertwining conservation and community prosperity. This achievement is the result of a visionary partnership between local communities holding land ownership rights and philanthropic investors dedicated to sustainable conservation practices. The reserve has undergone a remarkable transformation, transitioning from a state of intensive cattle grazing and illegal hunting to formal conservation stewardship.

A significant portion, nearly 74%, of the reserve is contributed by community trusts, specifically Emcakwini, Esibongweni, and KwaNgono. This highlights the pivotal role of community land ownership at the core of the conservation initiative. The lease income generated from these trusts directly benefits the community, improving their overall quality of life. One of the most impactful outcomes for the residents is the creation of new employment opportunities, with around 60% of the 220 permanent positions being filled by individuals from these communities. The project places a strong emphasis on skills development, upliftment, and vocational training, fostering the emergence of a new 'wildlife economy' in neighbouring communities as entrepreneurial ventures take root. The reserve serves as a prime example of the transformative potential of collaborative conservation efforts, breathing new life into both the natural environment and the lives of those residing within its sphere of influence.

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