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SOUTH AFRICAN SAFARIS

THINGS TO DO IN THE VREDEFORT DOME

  • 4x4 

  • Birding

  • Quadbiking

  • River rafting

  • Abseiling

  • Hiking

  • Tours

  • Game Drives

  • Horse Trails

  • Wildlife viewing

  • Flying

  • Hot Air Ballooning

  • Fishing

  • Paintball

  • Mountain biking

  • Picnicking

  • Mampoer tasting

  • Swimming 

  • Day visits

  • Canoeing

  • Zip Lining

Other World Heritage Sites: Robben Island, the Greater St Lucia Wetlands Park, the Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, the Cradle of Humankind, the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park and the Cape

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A 12 000 acre private game reserve is nestled in the world famous Vredefort Dome, an easy hour and a half’s drive from Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport.

This game reserve boasts three of the big five (buffalo, lion and rhino) as well as species like kudu, nyala, impala, sable,  blue wildebeest, eland, blesbuck, springbuck and more.

The Vredefort Dome (Crater) (see also www.vredefortdome.co.za) is currently the largest and one of the oldest known meteor impact sites in the world. It is South Africa's seventh World Heritage Site and this is largely due to the research scientist from Wits University, including Dr. Rodger Hart. 

Despite the importance of impact sites to the planet’s history, geological activity on the Earth’s surface has led to the disappearance of evidence from most of them, and Vredefort is the only example to provide a full geological profile of an astrobleme below the crater floor.

Vredefort is a small farming town in the Free State province It is home to 3,000 residents. The area displays exceptional scenic beauty and is rich in biodiversity with remarkable animal and plant populations. Various cultural features also add to the value of the area. The Vredefort Dome has an exceptional tourism potential, the Vredefort Dome is situated approximately 100 km from Johannesburg. 

Not many impact craters are found on the surface of the earth (approximately 160), because much of the surface of our planet is covered by water and therefore exposed to the effects of erosion. The earth’s impact record therefore consists mostly of recent craters, and a few old, but very large ones.

The other game reserve concession lies in the Waterberg region of the Limpopo province, just north of the small town Marken. The rich habitat, unique to this region, allows a high diversity of birdlife and game - perfect for any wildlife enthusiast.

On the 17 500ha open farm area, one has the opportunity to view not only general plains game, but also favorites such as Cheetah, Leopard, Hyena, Buffalo and the elusive Elephants. On the open farm we also run an active vulture restaurant where frequent visitors include the White-backed vulture, the Cape Griffon vulture and the Lappetfaced vulture. Sightings of Rüppell’s vulture have also been recorded.

Enjoy accommodation at either the 3 star Lodge (with guesthouse), the rustic bush-camp or a fully furnished luxury farm house secluded from the rest of the lodge.

The nature-loving ambassadors of this beautiful piece of land feel responsible to be involved in the Conservation of South Africa’s wildlife, and because of this they became involved in the rare game breeding industry when they acquired nine Southern Roan antelope (April 1998).

 

Since then they have grown in the industry and today the reserve prides itself in the genetic and trophy quality of the following breeding programs:

  • Buffalo (East African bloodlines from Mike Englezakis)

  • Roan Antelope

  • Sable Antelope (Zambian and Zambian cross)

  • Nyala

  • Lichtenstein Hartebeest

  • King Cape Eland

Together with the breeding of rare game species, they also partake in the breeding of the following colour variants:

  • Midnight Impala

  • Egoli Gnu

Superb hunting on private game reserves with 5-star lodging: one 12 000 acre-reserve in the Free State Province in the world famous Vredefort Dome, South Africa's seventh World Heritage Site, and an exclusive 34 000 acre-reserve in the Limpopo Province.