A Brief History of Mahlathini Private Game Reserve
Mahlathini Private Game Reserve was initially part of the bigger farm Silonque but in an early sub-division it was separated as Portion 1 of Silonque 23 LU and called Spore (tracks). In the early days it was used for cattle farming but later was turned into a hunting farm by Hans Harri, who also bred disease free bufalloes.
In 1998 Hans had the farm sub-divided into 61 portions of about 21 hectares each and created Silonque Private Game Reserve, selling the sub-divided portions to private owners. In 2014 the name was changed to Mahlathini Private Game Reserve to distinguish it from several other entities going by the Silonque name. Mahlathini is the Tsonga-Shangaan word for “in the bush”.
Currently there are 17 residences on the reserve, excluding the old hunting camp on Stand 11 and including the house on Stand 62, which was incorporated into the game reserve, along with Stand 63, since the original sub-division.
The 63 stands are now owned by 53 different owners of which some own multiple stands.