Wildschutsberg Game Farm
- +27 (45) 966 9789
The Eastern Cape is the only one of South Africa’s nine provinces to have all seven of the country’s ecological zones within its boundaries. Scenic diversity is one of the most striking characteristics of the region. The Game Farm is 55 000 acres (22 000 hectares) in extent and is some 25 km long and 15k wide (15 x 9 miles). and Wildschutsberg Game Farm is malaria free.
The farm was owned by a British nobleman in the early 1800’s and then renamed Wildschutsberg by a later Dutch owner. The current farm has been extended through purchase of nearby farms and Wildschutsberg is now one of the largest game farms in the Eastern Cape. The farm extends from the foothills of one mountain range, across a wide open plain to another range of mountains and then beyond. The vegetation ranges from open savannah to bushveld. Several natural springs run all year round. Some areas of the farm have been used to grow lucerne and other fodder so that the game can be fed during the dry winter months. The Wildshutsberg mountain, at 7 000 feet, which overlooks the farm was named by the Dutch settlers. The San (Bushman) paintings on our farm are a fascinating insight to the heritage of the area.
The diverse terrain is home to over 60 different animal species, including many rarely seen species of buck from all over the world. We have lion, rhino, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, hippo and tigers for viewing, including magnificent white lions. Our buck species include sable, kudu, gemsbok, blue and black wildebeest, eland, waterbuck, nyala, blesbok, impala steenbok, duiker, bushbuck, springbok, hartebeest, and reedbuck. Also on the farm are other mammals such as baboon, warthog, spotted and brown hyena and more.
Eastern Cape game farms tend to be larger and more diverse than game farms further north in Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces. This means a greater diversity of terrains and species. Due to the cold and snow in winter ticks and other disease bearing insects are killed off in winter, so our game is healthy and a wide variety of species and excellent specimens can be seen during your game drive.
Wildschutsberg Game Farm is owner managed and run. This hands-on approach means that there is always one of the owners on site to welcome guests and ensure that every stay is enjoyable and that high standards are maintained.
The Wildschutsberg Game Farm is run on highly ethical grounds and has a total commitment to conservation and sustainability. We have ongoing breeding programmes and are proud to have grown the numbers and quality of all our species since the farm was first established in 2000. We have expanded the size of the farm and have reclaimed large areas which have previously been barren or overgrazed by domestic animals. We now have herds of buck that are extinct in their native habitats. We allow hunting on the farm but this is restricted to certain times of year and to only certain animals. Income from hunting allows us to maintain and improve our herds and to supply other game farms and zoos. When hunting is on we do not allow other visitors to the farm or, on rare occasions when hunting and eco-tourism coincide, we inform other visitors beforehand.
Wildschutsberg was established by Greg Harvey in 2000 with just 1 200 hectares; now it is 55 000 hectares. The emphasis is on constant improvement and development. All the dams have been fully renovated, fencing improved and firebreaks constantly monitored. Although our concentration is on wildlife, we have recently started a mini zoo, with a number of animals from black swans to a tame sitatunga from Johannesburg Zoo and a large koi pond. For those committed to fitness we have a gymnasium with over 70 pieces of equipment and a squash court. Horseback riding can be arranged. Future plans include a tented camp in the mountains, new koi ponds, and introduction of more species. We also have a plan to build trout ponds.
At the lodge we have recently established a mini zoo, with a number of animals from black swans to a tame sitatunga from Johannesburg Zoo. Emus wander around the lodge and there is a large koi pond. Greg never misses an opportunity to acquire new species and has recently added finches to the aviary, more waterfowl, pigs and other animals.
Educational tours are a regular occurrence, which Huntershill does not charge for. Children are brought by coach from various surrounding schools, sometimes 80-90 at a time. At Wildschutsberg they are given the opportunity to see game and domestic animals and are given talks on farming, ecology, conservation and wildlife. A snack and a cool drink in the lapa make this a wonderful experience for the children.
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At Wildschutsberg Game Farm we offer a variety of accommodation, with tea / coffee making facilities in all rooms:
The Thomas Baines LodgeThomas Baines
- Sleeps 9 people
- Luxury self-catering cottages with bath and fireplace
- Bed and breakfast, additional meals are provided on request
The Big Five Cottages and The Poplars
- 9 luxury thatched stone chalets which each sleep two peoplePoplar
- Facing the Poplar plantation
- En-suite shower
- Inter-leading family rooms available
- Dinner, bed and breakfast offered
The Mountain View Luxury Chalets
- Big 52 spacious free-standing chalets with double bed and en-suite bathroom
- Mountain views
Our dining room offers a set menu for guests. Our cook has been with us for many years and serves excellent meals, home-made biscuits, and mouth-watering desserts.
Our bar is well stocked and we have an excellent wine list. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day.
Wildschutsberg will ensure that your stay is a comfortable one. After a day of game drives, horse riding, bird watching, hiking or mountain biking, you can relax in our cocktail lounge, swim in our outdoor pool or relax around the campfire and admire the stars. Visitors can also enjoy camping in the mountains, sundowners and picnics with spectacular views. We can also accommodate small conferences and functions for up to 12 delegates or guests.
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- Buffalo, Black Wildebeest , Blesbok - Common, Blue Wildebeest, Bushbuck, Duiker (Common, Grey), Eland (Cape), Gemsbok, Impala, Kudu, Mountain Reedbuck , Nyala, Ostrich, Red Duiker, Red Hartebeest, Sable Antelope, Springbok - Common, Steenbok, Warthog, Waterbuck, Zebra
We have a number of activities at the farm, including:
- Game Drives in 4x4 game viewing vehicles
- Enclosed swimming pool and entertainment area
- Hiking or Mountain-biking on many trails
- Bird watching
- Relax around the camp fire under the stars
- Sundowners and picnics with spectacular views
- Camping in the mountains
- Conference facilities
- Cycling trail
- Mini zoo
- Braai / Barbeque area
- Bar / Cocktail lounge
Off-site activities we can arrange for you include:
- Fly fishing (by arrangement)
- Local tours to shops, shebeens and craft villages
- Deep sea and shore fishing (at Kidds Beach, by arrangement)
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