An area covering 2 512.08 ha was initially proclaimed as a game reserve and native flora reserve, to be known as the Percy Fyfe Nature Reserve, on 8 September 1954 in terms of Section 11(d) of the Transvaal Game Ordinance, 1949 (Ordinance No. 23 of 1949) and Section 2(2)(a) of the Transvaal Native Flora Protection Ordinance, 1940 (Ordinance No. 9 of 1940). This reserve was then de-proclaimed as a game reserve and cancelled as a native flora reserve in terms of the same legislation on 15 February 1967, with effect from 13 December 1966. A larger area, measuring 2 939.38 ha, was subsequently proclaimed as a nature reserve and native flora reserve, to be known as the Percy Fyfe Nature Reserve, in terms of the above-mentioned Ordinances on the same day, i.e. 15 February 1967, also with effect from 13 December 1966. Portion 1 of the farm Driefontein No. 9 KS was later added to the reserve and proclaimed as a nature reserve on 30 December 1970 in terms of the Transvaal Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1967, which repealed the aforementioned two Ordinances.
The Transvaal Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1967 (Ordinance No. 17 of 1967) was repealed by the Transvaal Nature Conservation Ordinance, 1983 (Ordinance No. 12 of 1983), which, in turn, was repealed by the Limpopo Environmental Management Act, 2003 (Act No. 7 of 2003), which is still effective today. Each one of the aforementioned repealing laws made provision for the preservation of the actions taken under the repealed legislation; in this case the proclamation of game reserves, nativeflora reserves and nature reserves.
The PFNR currently falls under the legal protection of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act No. 57 of 2003) (NEMPAA), in terms of Section 12 thereof.
Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism (LEDET) (2012), FIFE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE PERCY FYFE NATURE RESERVE, LIMPOPO PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA. Web Reference: http://www.ncc-group.co.za/sites/default/files/u66/Percy%20Fyfe%20NR%20-%20DSP.pdf