Nestled between fertile farmlands and the historic ‘settler country’ enclave of Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) in the malaria-free Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, lies an authentic slice of Africa. This 13 000-hectare private game reserve is a veritable Eden of dramatically diverse flora, fauna and ecology featuring four different flora biomes.
Buffalo Kloof offers an unforgettable experience for those committed to contemporary, considered hunting and conservation – operating in a symbiotic and holistic manner – in line with its ethos of conservation with class, and hunting with thought. From the genteel giraffe, enigmatic elephant, iconic black and white rhino, roan, sable, Cape leopard, cheetah and Cape buffalo that roam the land to the spectacular contrasts of the land itself, this is a truly special place. The land is pristine with everything from steep shady ravines teeming with thick indigenous riverine bush to open plains, grassland and everything in between.
Buffalo Kloof Wildlife Safaris operates with absolute integrity, according to the highest standards of international free roam and fair chase best practices and ethics, which stem from a bedrock of passion for their wildlife, their land and all that they do on the land. The reserve is already home to the Big Four (elephant, black and white rhino, leopard and Cape buffalo), with elephants walking proudly on its soil for the first time in 300 years. In an exciting new development, lions will soon also be introduced.
As part of Buffalo Kloof’s efforts to continuously push the boundary in conservation, it is custodian of several black rhino through conservation within the community partnerships. This project is a joint venture between the East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, private and communal landowners, facilitated by the World Wildlife Fund’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. The primary focus is to protect the critically endangered black rhino and assist in creating sustainable new breeding populations for the rhino.
Guests at Buffalo Kloof have the choice of either Acacia lodge or Spekboom bush camp for accommodation. Spekboom Camp is named after the prolific indigenous spekboom plant (Portulacaria Afra), which grows abundantly in the vicinity. This succulent is a true environment miracle worker with the ability to tackle carbon emissions like no other plant.
The camp is off grid, with energy generated from solar panels, water sourced from a borehole and much of the building material sourced from the reserve itself.
After a delicious meal and a convivial evening spent around a roaring camp fire in the boma, guests can retire to their en-suite bedrooms in the lodge or bush camp. With extra-length king-size beds, they are assured of an excellent night’s sleep.
A truly African experience does not come better than this. Buffalo Kloof is an excellent example of the conservation, management and sustainable use of wildlife, with their involvement in a variety of game management and conservation activities, as well as community empowerment initiatives.
In recognition of their effort and contribution to conservation, Buffalo Kloof Private Game Reserve has been nominated for the WRSA Eastern Cape Game Rancher of the Year Award, a testament to their passion and commitment to the heritage of South Africa’s wildlife.
For both the hunter and the eco-tourist, this destination offers comfort combined with a superb African wildlife and bush adventure safari experience.
Visit www.buffalokloofsafaris.co.za for more information.
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