Sandfields & Forests

Private Wildlife Reserve



Sandfields and Forests is a private wildlife reserve of 6000 acres bordering the Nylsvley Provincial Nature Reserve in South Africa's Nyl floodplain - an internationally recognised wetland, a Ramsar and World Heritage Site.


Sandfields offers an intimate and rejuvenating bush experience with facilities for small group wildlife and outdoor getaways and wellness retreats. All accommodation is self catering and fully serviced. Sandfields is located within a 2.5 hour driving distance from major urban centres in Gauteng and is a malaria free area.


Sandfields has a special sense of place reminiscent of the Okavango Delta and East African Savannah, with diverse landscapes of grassland, woodlands and floodplain, offering three distinct ecotypes of mixed broadleaf savannah, acacia thornveld and floodplain. Spectacular stands of indigenous trees on deep Kalahari sand include Marulas, Wild Syringa (the "Pierneef Tree"), Umbrella Thorn and Silver Cluster Leaf. The Nyl floodplain is the largest in South Africa and is fed by summer rains, flooding from February to March.


Abundant birdlife (361 species) makes the area a mecca for bird lovers. It is also home to a wide range of game notably Roan, Sable, Tssessebe, Eland, Red Hartebeest, Southern Rhebuck, Nyala, Zebra and Giraffe. Predators include Leopard, Brown Hyena, Caracal, Serval, Small Spotted Cat, Jackal and Honey Badger.



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Traditional thatched farmhouse set in a tranquil, lush garden with vistas into the Waterberg and bushveld

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Secluded and comfortable off-grid thatched woodlands cottage forms part of Bottero's Private Nature Reserve




Off grid, private bushcamp 

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Original farmhouse of the Farm Voordeel




Dorothy Momberg

“Such memories of that walk through your secret forest. Friends completely wowed by Sandfields. Thank you for all you value add for us and our guests always, so generous of your time.” 

Beate Holscher

“We would once again thank you very much for an amazing weekend!  It was very special to see Sandfields in the winter, with all the hues of brown and the carpet of leaves under the trees.   Quite different than what it is like in summer, yet amazing!” 

André Laverman 

“Thank you for a wonderful weekend at Bottero’s Cottage.  Our hosts were warm and welcoming and thought of everything.  We enjoyed the game drives and the family time spent outdoors.” 


The farm is within easy reach of Gauteng, approximately 2.5 hours north of Johannesburg and 1,5 hours from Pretoria, depending on traffic. A good road network makes the farm accessible to two wheel drive vehicles.