An authen­tic slice of Africa Buf­falo Kloof

Pre­served by Pas­sion

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Buf­falo Kloof Pri­vate Game Re­serve

is nes­tled be­tween fer­tile farm­lands and the his­toric ‘set­tler coun­try’ en­clave of Gra­ham­stown in the Malaria-free East­ern Cape Prov­ince of South Africa. This authen­tic slice of Africa is one of the few fam­ily-owned game farm sin this re­gion. This sub­stan­tially-sized re­serve is a ver­i­ta­ble Eden of dra­mat­i­cally di­verse flora, fauna and ecol­ogy. As a premier South­ern African des­ti­na­tion, 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, and iconic rhino, roan, sable and Cape buf­falo which roam the land in droves; to the spec­tac­u­lar con­trasts of the land it­self: pris­tine, steep shady ravines teem­ing with thick river­ine indige­nous bush to open plains and grass­land – and ev­ery­thing in be­tween – this is a truly spe­cial place.

Buf­falo Kloof

is one of only two ex­clu­sive Row­land Ward ‘fair chase’ out­fits in South Africa. This cov­eted in­ter­na­tional ac­cred­i­ta­tion demon­strates that it 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 wildlife, the land and all that the own­ers and cus­to­di­ans of Buf­falo Kloof do on the land.

The re­serve is al­ready home to the ‘Big 4’ game species (ele­phant, white rhino, leop­ard and Cape buf­falo), with ele­phants walk­ing proudly on its soil for the first time in 300 years.

Fur­ther­more, in an ex­cit­ing new de­vel­op­ment, Buf­falo Kloof re­cently wel­comed its very first Chee­tah. This fleet­footed fe­line species has not been found in the re­gion for the past 200 years. In ad­di­tion, lions will soon also be in­tro­duced to the re­serve, se­cur­ing its sta­tus as a ‘Big 5’ des­ti­na­tion.

As part of Buf­falo Kloof’s ef­forts to con­tin­u­ously push the boundary in con­ser­va­tion, the re­serve is part­ner­ing with se­lected lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional con­ser­va­tion or­gan­i­sa­tions to im­prove se­cu­rity and an­tipoach­ing ac­tiv­i­ties on the re­serve; in­clud­ing the well-known World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in their Black Rhino Range Ex­pan­sion Pro­gramme (BRREP).

Buf­falo Kloof

also of­fers non-hunters a va­ri­ety of thrilling con­ser­va­tion-re­lated ex­pe­ri­ences, whereby guests have the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved at grass­roots level through one of their ex­clu­sive vol­un­teer­ing ini­tia­tives, in re­turn for a spon­sor­ship fee:

‘Reach out to a rhino’

Through this ini­tia­tive, Buf­falo Kloof of­fers guests the op­por­tu­nity to do their part in the pro­tec­tion of rhi­nos by par­tak­ing in a fo­cused fe­male rhino adop­tion pro­gramme, which is specif­i­cally aimed at pro­tect­ing them; and thereby en­sur­ing the con­tin­u­a­tion of this pre­cious key­stone species, in per­pe­tu­ity.

This al­lows par­tic­i­pants to share in the re­spon­si­bil­ity of their adopted fe­male rhino’s up­keep, notch­ing, graz­ing and spe­cialised con­ser­va­tion ef­forts. In re­turn, par­tic­i­pants in this wor­thy ini­tia­tive are given the op­por­tu­nity to name her, take part in her notch­ing pro­ce­dure, and re­ceive reg­u­lar, per­son­alised up­dates from the team at Buf­falo Kloof en­trusted with her day-to-day care.

‘Pas­sion­ate about pro­tec­tion’

This anti-poach­ing ini­tia­tive al­lows par­tic­i­pants to get first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence in ac­tiv­i­ties such as: Dart­ing and mon­i­tor­ing of an­i­mals. Pro­tec­tive rhino horn in­fu­sion pro­ce­dures. Fence mend­ing and mon­i­tor­ing.

Train­ing in anti-poach­ing and re­con­nais­sance work.

‘Power of the land’

This fauna and flora ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tive pro­vides guests with an op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in land man­age­ment through the fol­low­ing ac­tiv­i­ties: Grass re­gen­er­a­tion: phos­phat­ing and fer­til­i­sa­tion. Mulching and clear­ing of alien veg­e­ta­tion. An­i­mal graz­ing and con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing.

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