Mpumalanga New Year Retreats – Part 2 - The Andover Nature Reserve


The start of the New Year brings with it the promise of new adventures, unchartered journeys to new destinations and experiences unsurpassed by years gone by. Uninhibited by school term schedules, young families, couples and solo travellers in search of solitude head out on vacation early in the year following the festive season surge. Considered by some the smarter time to travel especially when visiting popular destinations often overcrowded during peak season, planning an early year vacation is one of the most positive ways to start the year! In this part two insert of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks New Year Retreats we showcase the Andover Nature Reserve, epitomising the tranquillity one expects to experience during an authentic bushveld break.


Catering to an untouched bush experience, the Andover Nature Reserve is set amidst the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands and the Timbavati Game reserve triangle. Offering an intimate and unspoilt African bush experience, Andover is located west of Mpumalanga’s Manyeleti Nature Reserve, nestled on the R531 (Longitude 31.2175, Latitude -24.5719).  A holiday hideaway for couples in the hopes of finding romance hidden in the African bushveld, for intrepid explorer’s seeking never seen before wildlife sightings or for young families hoping to instil a sense of adventure into every day routines the Andover Nature Reserve caters to every type of traveller!


Satisfying a taste for the African outdoors the Andover Nature Reserve accommodates caravan and camping enthusiasts with up to 10 grass covered caravan stands each fitted with serviced  electricity points and comfortably located around central communal ablution facilities.


Alternatively, offering a choice of 5 quaint self-catering bushveld bungalows equipped to sleep up to 4 guests and each fully fitted with en-suite facilities, the Andover 4 sleeper units ooze a homely ambiance, African charm and secluded tranquillity in a relaxed setting, taking care of your most essential comforts.


The Andover Family House sleeps up to six guests, with an en-suite main bedroom, large family room / lounge and fully fitted kitchen which makes for the ideal accommodation for a travelling family.


Attributed to its intimate and private setting, the Andover Nature Reserve offers the ideal opportunity for guests to "go off the radar" with a well-deserved lengthy stayover. Alternatively, equipped with all essential amenities to rest and recharge, the reserve makes for an idyllic watering hole for those travellers just passing through in search of a brief break when journeying between Polokwane and Mpumalanga.

A carefully preserved bushveld conservancy project, the Andover Nature Reserve makes its home to all types of game (with the exception of elephant and larger cat species) that can be discovered while exploring the maintained network of self-drive game viewing routes. Alternatively explore untouched African beauty and an abundance of wildlife and birding during a pre-arranged guided bush walk offered by experienced Andover park rangers. Native to the reserve Andover is home to a large variety of small antelope, Giraffe, Zebra, monkeys, baboons, as well as a prolific display of birdlife throughout the reserve as well as at the hippo dam.


For more about the Andover Nature Reserve, to check accommodation or camping site availability or to make a reservation contact the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency Reservations Clerk on telephone +27 13 759 5432, Mobile 079 775 9539  or email

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