Kwalata covers an area of 2300 ha and is part of the Dinokeng Game Reserve (18 500ha), a premier big five tourism destination in the making in Gauteng. The game reserve is home more to 34 species of planes game and an abundance of bird life. By 2012 all of the big five had been reintroduced after an absence of 100 years!
Kwalata started out as a youth camp, 25 years ago on a cattle farm, where students used to camp under the trees and sleep around the fire! This basic bush camp grew into the Kwalata Main Camp Lodge and the Phiri Adventure Camp was developed thereafter.
Kwalata background and focus 1994-2008:
Kwalata is located 45 km north of Pretoria/Tshwane city centre and is a mere hour’s drive from OR Tambo International Airport. The protected Tamboti tree also enjoys prominence at Kwalata as the Main Camp is built amongst a number of these beautiful trees. 21 chalets and 10 rooms, rustic but comfortable all air-conditioned, are well spaced in the camp. The restaurant and bar area caters for up to 200 seated guests; while the outside boma, with restaurant, bar, dance floor and open fire area caters for up to 300 seated guests.
Stone and thatch buildings provide a bushveld atmosphere just outside Pretoria. We also have one of the biggest African Art Collections and this adds to the true African experience. This Camp hosts local and international guests and events ranging from conferencing teambuilding or the first night stay in Africa! A state of the art kitchen allows for exceptional catering facilities and true bushveld cuisine. During the evenings dinners are served in bomas around the campfire.
Weddings are one of our specialties. A unique stone and thatch roof church provides a special place for the wedding ceremony. This church can accommodate 250 guests and is judged to be one of the best in South Africa. Lovely gardens around the church make it ideal for photo sessions. A game drive to the veldt insures that once in a lifetime photo!
Phiri Adventure Camp is designed for adventure, school, church and environmental groups. This camp provides facilities for educational camps, fun filled weekend & adventure camps and a variety of environmental education programs are run. The centre has a conference facility, boma, swimming pool, beach volleyball court, as well as a low rope and adventure course.
Teambuilding programs are presented and designed by in house facilitators and we have the capability to present team development & teambuilding programs nationally. We also can present eco challenges & adventure base programs. Both our camps have fixed low rope experiential learning courses. Our team of top facilitators & mobile activities ensure results were you are! Fun activities such as Drumming, Paintball war games, and GPS orienteering, Quad bikes, Clay pigeon shooting are just some of the activities available.
Township and Cultural Tours to Mandela Village and SteveBikoville provide a unique experience for one and all. We provide an interactive opportunity for our guests to visit our vibrant community. Depending on the time a tour can consist of visiting a “Spy-shop” and look at life in a “Tin house” , interact with children at a Day Care Centre and we follow the drumbeat and join the local Tshwana Dancers! The tour ends at one of three restaurants where we enjoy local cuisine! Guests can participate in one of many community development projects facilitated by the Kwalata team in our neighbouring communities.
The Dinokeng Game Reserve followed – 2008 – 2014:
Just north-east of urban Jo’burg and Tshwane lies the vibrant and warm, big-sky region of Dinokeng, the area includes Cullinan where the world’s largest diamond was discovered. Today Dinokeng sparkles with natural, cultural and historical attractions, a place where South Africans and their visitors enjoy the outdoors and the history and culture of Africa.
The name Dinokeng is derived from the languages of the baTswana and baPedi people who traditionally inhabited the area. Meaning “a place of rivers”, Dinokeng lies in the catchments area of two rivers that flow into the Oliphant’s and Limpopo rivers and on to the Indian Ocean. In African culture, river sources have sacred significance and their confluences are believed to hold healing powers.
Dinokeng is situated in the north-eastern quadrant of Gauteng province. It’s very accessible from Jo’burg (45 minutes) or Tshwane (15 minutes) on the N1 or the N4, and it’s well traversed by good quality roads once you’re there.
Dinokeng has many game reserves and conservancies, which are being linked together and restocked with the Big Five to form a large Dinokeng Game Reserve.
Against this natural backdrop, Dinokeng offers a melting pot of history and culture. The area’s history is of particular significance to the Tswana, Pedi, Afrikaans, Ndebele, English and Tsonga-speaking people, many of whom can trace their roots back to the ancient bush and rolling grasslands.
Dinokeng is a Blue IQ initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government to establish a premier tourist destination close to urban Gauteng. The project aims to promote economic growth, job creation and social upliftment through conserving and developing the historical, natural and cultural heritage of the area. It also aims to enable many South Africans to experience tourism for the first time. Dinokeng is symbolized by the calabash – representing the hospitality and prosperity of the region as an outdoor recreation destination, and a hub of significant natural, cultural and historical attractions.
The Dinokeng Game Reserve is the first free roaming “Big Five” Game Reserve in the Gauteng Province! 18 500 ha was big game fenced by Gauteng Government and gates and access control were installed by December 2010, ensuring that Elephant and Lion could be introduced by 2012.
This game reserve caters for the ‘”time poor” tourist and traveller on leisure or work in Gauteng. Residents and communities also benefit by having a big five activity based game reserve on Gautengs door step! With a total investment of R 155 million, by Gauteng Blue IQ, there is no doubt to governments’ commitment in ensuring the success in this exciting new tourism destination!
Kwalata Game Ranch has been an active role player in taking this from a dream to reality!
About the Kwalata Community Development Initiative – “Alive in our Community”
Kwalata is a privately owned Game Lodge in the Dinokeng Game Reserve and is adjacent to the township of Mandela Village and Steve Bikoville, Hammanskraal situated 35 km North of Pretoria – Tshwane, Gauteng Province, RSA.
For the past 20 years we have been involved in community development and facilitating community responsibility programs. Kwalata is not a charity organization, Kwalata initiative is an idea and concept which supports already existing entrepreneurs, schools and crèches (Pre-schools). The support is designed to facilitate funding, support in terms of infrastructure, equipment and marketing, stimulating sales or securing a sound customer base.