Klaasvoogds Game Reserve, Western Cape
Please Note: This game reserve has been sold, and is no longer operating as a tourism business.
You will find Klaasvoogds Game Reserve just off Route 62, roughly 10 kilometres outside Robertson, accessible via the road between Ashton and Robertson.
The reserve is 800 hectares of renosterbos, pioniersbos and Cape mountain fynbos in the shadow of the Langeberg Mountains. It is incredibly picturesque and filled with zebra, bontebok, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, kudu and eland. The reserve provides guided drives in a landie, and time out in the wild.
The reserve is a little over ten years old and endemic vegetation is only slowly being rehabilitated to the state in which it would have been, hence the reintroduction of indigenous antelope. The bird life too is wonderful and aside from the jackal buzzard, you can see secretary birds, blackshouldered kites, black harriers, grey herons and black eagles.
Certain parts of Klaasvoogds were under cultivation previously, and need to be systematically burned, not only to create a fire break but also to promote the growth of natural grasses, vital as a food source for the grazers now on the reserve. The reserve also plants the seeds of four indigenous grass types as a way to reintroduce the grasses that grew there before.
Around ten naturally occuring watering holes provide water for animals, but droughts in the winter of 2009 necessitated the building of a few artificial watering holes to make sure that the animals could reach water until adequate rains fell again.