THE RESERVE

A special place..

Nestled among undulating landscapes and ravines of the Southern Free State, Otterskloof Private Game Reserve spans some 14,000 hectares (34,500 acres) on elevated plains, with majestic koppies (hills) arising from the charming yet harsh and rugged African plains.

 

The Reserve is privileged to have Lake Vanderkloof hugging its 25km (15,5 miles) Western Boundary.

 

The reserve is home to 32 species of game including Roan and Sable Antelope, Fish Eagle, Blue Crane, various Owl species, Rock Dassie/Hyrax, Black Wildebeest (white-tailed), Blesbuck, Blue Wildebeest (brindled tailed), Bontebuck, Cape Eland, Common Reedbuck, Gemsbuck, Gray Duiker, Impala, Jackal, Mountian Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest, Red Lechwe, Steenbuck, Waterbuck, White Blesbuck, Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Nyala, Springbuck, and Giraffe.

Indigenous flora flourishes across the Reserve.

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A long history..

Abel Erasmus, the Owner of Otterskloof, was raised in Kenya where his love for African wildlife evolved. His reputation precedes him with an astonishing 35-year track record in the hunting industry.

After the successful sale of the renowned Wintershoek Safaris, established in 1988, to the National Parks Board in 2006, Abel Erasmus together with his wife Karen acquired land in the district of Philippolis. This led to one of the biggest successful private game relocations in South Africa from Wintershoek to Otterskloof.

The name Otterskloof is eloquently derived from the resident Cape Clawless Otters found in the ravines on the farm.

As a visionary with insight, Abel diligently set out to rehabilitate the land to its former glory, hence the introduction of the Otterskloof Nature Conservation Programme, which is incessantly ongoing.