THE BEZUIDENHOUTSHOEK NATURE RESERVE
The Farm is situated in the Olifants River valley in Middelburg, Mpumalanga and is designated as irreplaceable and highly significant in terms of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Authority’s bio diversity assessment criteria which qualifies it to be registered as a Protected area. The Olifants and Klein Olifants rivers converge in the North Western corner of the farm and meander on to Loskop and the Kruger National Park.
The Farm being situated in the transition area of the Lowveld and Highveld boasts more grass species than the Kruger National Park. The cycad populations of the critically endangered Encephalartos Middeburgensis and vulnerable Lanatus, the extensive river frontages, permanent internal wetlands and streams, riverine forestation, gorges, savannah plains, rocky outcrops and cliffs make the farm a jewel amongst the mines and mealie fields of Middelburg and Witbank and more than justify the farm’s irreplaceable and highly significant status.
Roaming freely on 3000 hectares are over fourteen different species of antelope, including Eland, the vulnerable Oribi and Klipspringer. Predators include Leopard and Brown Hyena. Other game includes Giraffe, Ostritch, Bushpigs and the elusive Honey Badger. Over 278 confirmed bird sightings including the African Finfoot, Verreaux Eagle and Denham’s Bustard.
It is the owners mission to preserve and protect the bio diversity of this piece of paradise and to eradicate all invasive and alien vegetation which compromise the farm.