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Mountain Reserve Development

Environmental notes of the Blaauwkrantz Mountain Lodge property

Eardley Rudman May 2017 

Blaauwkrantz Safaris has recently acquired the Elandshoorn and Haarhoffsfkraal properties that adjoins the existing Blaauwkrantz’s mountain property (Keurfontein) and stretches over a fantastic mix of three different biomes from the valley bushveldt through grassland to the much revered and endemic Cape Fynbos. The total area of this section will now be more than 12 000 acres of contiguous habitat, making it a very unique conservation initiative.

By adding onto the existing mountain property and letting down internal fences that have for long fragmented these biomes, Blaauwkrantz safaris is endeavoring to bridge these interdependent biomes that were segregated decades ago when livestock farming practices needed to manage the different biomes’ seasonal grazing capacities separately. Indigenous wildlife species will once again be able to roam freely across these biomes, recreating the functionality of this region once again. This accomplishment has taken many years of determination by Arthur and family from humble, often testing beginnings in the private wildlife industry. The fruits will be picked will ultimately be the environment and the people making a livelihood from the healthy environment. Endemic plant species, like our national flower the King Protea, blue cycads, elephant foot, fishes such as the endemic East Cape Redfin minnow (Pseudobarbus afer) in the streams are some of the less noted species but just as ecologically important. Indigenous antelopes such as kudu, bushbuck, nyala, Klipspringer, Cape Grysbok, mountain reedbuck, duikers and many more will have fantastic opportunities to flourish now. Other species like zebra, bushpig, baboons, giraffe, wildebeest, blesbok, warthog, impala, waterbuck and even predators such leopard, jackal, otters and caracal will also find relative refuge in this diverse wildlife paradise. We are also looking at reintroducing Cape buffalo, and possibly even elephant and black rhino to take this initiative to unrivalled levels.

The evidence is there, that by sustaining a healthy environment by putting economics and an anthropogenic approach at the center of our ranching activities, enables us to maintain a healthy human and natural environment. President Donald Trump often points out that ‘when the people are successful, the environment will be fine too’. Although there are other models, such as state subsidized parks and/or donor dependent initiatives, we feel that a wildlife system, by sustaining itself won’t be a burden on others, especially where the State’s tax subsidized activities are primarily focused on welfare already. Accommodating paying hunters, and particularly trophy hunters, has proved to be the best strategy to achieve our goal of environmental and economic sustainability of this magnificent and rugged landscape.



23 May 2017