14 000 hectares of unspoilt veld, with ample rain creates a paradise in which both animals and plants can thrive.

14 000 hectares of unspoilt veld, with ample rain creates a paradise in which both animals and plants can thrive.

Plant life is abundant in this area known as Gwarrie Spekboomveld.

According to “Plants of the Klein Karoo” a definitive book by Jan and Annalise Vlok, abundant spekboom can be found, particularly on the north-facing slopes while Gwarrie trees (Euclea undulata), Pendoring (Gloveria integrifolia) and Koeniebos (Searsia undulata are also common.)

The Gwarrie trees are hundreds, if not thousands of years old, even though they are quite small. According to the Vloks, while the above-ground trunk is relatively small, the plants have large underground stems that can survive for centuries, only sending up new growth in years with good rains.

Plant life is abundant in this area known as Gwarrie Spekboomveld.

According to “Plants of the Klein Karoo” a definitive book by Jan and Annalise Vlok, abundant spekboom can be found, particularly on the north-facing slopes while Gwarrie trees (Euclea undulata), Pendoring (Gloveria integrifolia) and Koeniebos (Searsia undulata are also common.

The Gwarrie trees are hundreds, if not thousands of years old, even though they are quite small. According to the Vloks, while the above-ground trunk is relatively small, the plants have large underground stems that can survive for centuries, only sending up new growth in years with good rains.

Nyala and zebra graze around the lodge. See if you can spot them in the early mornings or late afternoons

Kudu, gemsbok, springbok, impala and waterbuck are often spotted on the Nature Drives. The kudu prefer the mountainous areas, the waterbuck can usually be found at the watering holes while the others roam the open plains.

Nyala and zebra graze around the lodge. See if you can spot them in the early mornings or late afternoons

Kudu, gemsbok, springbok, impala and waterbuck are often spotted on the Nature Drives. The kudu prefer the mountainous areas, the waterbuck can usually be found at the watering holes while the others roam the open plains.

Giraffe feed on the ‘Soetdoring’ trees in the river beds, the lush veld provides ample sustenance for these graceful creatures.

The “Waboom” or Protea Nitida is also prolific. The early inhabitants of the area used the leaves for ink, the bark for tanning leather and the very hard wood for making brake blocks for wagons.

If you notice a sudden astringent, minty smell in the air, look out for buchu. The “Rooibergboegoe” is endemic to this area and has been treasured for its medicinal properties for years, first by the Khoisan and even today it is sold as a tea with anti-inflammatory properties.

Giraffe feed on the ‘Soetdoring’ trees in the river beds, the lush veld provides ample sustenance for these graceful creatures.

The “Waboom” or Protea Nitida is also prolific. The early inhabitants of the area used the leaves for ink, the bark for tanning leather and the very hard wood for making brake blocks for wagons.

If you notice a sudden astringent, minty smell in the air, look out for buchu. The “Rooibergboegoe” is endemic to this area and has been treasured for its medicinal properties for years, first by the Khoisan and even today it is sold as a tea with anti-inflammatory properties.

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