Mapesu situated within the Mopane veld dominated by Colophospermum mopane (commonly called the mopane tree, butterfly tree or turpentine tree) on the Archaean Beit Bridge complex. The reserve consists of undulating plains with several drainage lines and some hills (Limpopo Ridge Bushveld) in the East and South. There are plenty of (artificial, some solar-powered) waterholes with plentiful drinkable water on the property, including one natural dam/wallowing hole, which has been dug larger and deeper to allow for some hippos to later be settled in, as well as creating wallowing spaces for rhinos, buffalos, and elephants. There is also a river from which the reserve gets its namesake, the Mapedu, running through the property on a seasonal basis.
Also, there are over 49 mammal species, either currently on the reserve or that have recently been on the reserve. In September 2016, we released a herd of elephants; in 2017, cheetahs; in 2018; sables, giraffes, buffalo; and in 2019 with great effort rhinos and many more species, all of which continue to shape the reserve’s flora and fauna.