The ancient geological Murchison Greenstone mountain range provides a majestic northern backdrop to the Selati plains. The plains are bounded to the south by the Lillie Hills, home to the rare Encephalartos dyerianus cycad, the only known occurrence on Earth.
The Selati Game Reserve takes its name from the Great Selati River which traverses the northern sector of the reserve from west to east. The river was named after the Seltai Gold Fields which was the scene of a nearby minor gold rush in 1865. The gold fields were names after Shalati, the female chief of the small Tebula tribe who lived in the bush around Murchison Range to the north of the area. The area encompasses around 300 square kilometers of pristine environment without any major commerical tourism facilites. This is a unique area which is largely undisturbed by human habitation. The challenge, whilst we are custodians of this area, is to continue to preserve it in its current natural state for following generations.
The Selati Wilderness Foundation NPC recognises the value and the uniqueness of the Area, its historical position in the Lowveld as well as its geological, faunal and floral assets. The Foundation was established as a Non Profit Company to raise awareness and funds to retain and enhance these unique attributes in the longer term.