Reintroducing the indigenous wildlife that previously roamed this terrain
Restoring the landscape to its former wild glory
Return to nature
We invite you to responsibly explore this long-forgotten piece of Africa
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The intention for Magic Hills is to first and foremost become a conservation destination and a blueprint for how to responsibly and intentionally rewild and restore landscapes to the desired state. While offering various luxurious accommodation options and invigorating activities in nature, the core purpose at the heart of Magic Hills is rehabilitation and restoration.

Something magical has begun  to unfold in the Great Karoo. Far off the beaten track, a great distance from the city, completely cocooned by nature, lies the Magic Hills Private Collection in the Magic Hills Private Game Reserve. There is nothing ordinary about this 20 100-hectare reserve – in fact, the opposite is true. Here in the vast and expansive plains of the Eastern Cape, this once-ravaged and ruined natural landscape is rebirthing.

There is a powerful, mesmerising energy that exists in this unique corner of the world – and as custodians of that we understand that with great power comes even greater responsibility. This is why we are committed to this journey of rewilding, rebirthing and returning to nature. Join us!

We invite you to become a part of this great story, a story far greater than us, alone. Whether as a guest, an investor, a student or a philanthropist, join our conservation journey.

We would like to emphasize that all money received from visitors, following the deduction of running costs, is reinvested into our reserve. These funds help us to keep looking after the land and its animals.


of iSantiKaroo foundation


Together with the world-renowned organization, The Aspinall Foundation, iSanti Karoo will become a safe haven for previously mistreated animals that have been rescued from international zoos and other ex-situ environments. Where possible, indigenous game will be rewilded, and in situations where this is not suitable, animals will spend time at the Rescue Centre – currently under construction – on Magic Hills Game Reserve until such a time that they can be rehomed. The Aspinall Foundation will assist in identifying reserves that are fit for recovered wildlife.


The vegetation of Magic Hills is representative of two Biomes, the Thicket Biome and the Nama Karoo Biome. With species from both biomes present, the reserve makes for a diverse variety of animal and plant life that guests can explore. Particularly special among this plant life is the Spekboom (or Elephant Food Tree), which occurs naturally throughout the Magic Hills landscape, but is most abundant on the southern valleys and slopes.

cultural heritage

The history of the Great Karoo is infinite. It’s hard to believe that this desert-like expanse of nature was once an inland sea. But history confirms that approximately 250 million years ago, that was the reality. Slowly, as the global climate changed shape, the water gradually evaporated, turning the sea into a vast swamp, where amphibians and reptiles thrived. The area was also previously home to many different civilisations – from the last of the Stone Age population, to the bushmen and the nomadic Khoekhoen people and the notorious General Jan Smuts and his allies.

The Aspinall Foundation has long been a pioneering force in the conservation world. Magic Hills Game Reserve is proud to partner with this foundation to rehabilitate and rewild indigenous animals.



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