The irreplaceable bio diversity status of the Reserve is attributed to over 100 grass species, cycad populations, red data flora, extensive river frontages, permanent wetlands and streams, riverine forestation, gorges, savannah plains, rocky outcrops, majestic cliffs and rock art. The wildlife including leopards, hyena, giraffe, eland, sable, oribi and many more species which all roam freely on the 4500 hectares. Always special to spot the honey badgers and porcupines notwithstanding over 290 bird species including The African Finfoot, Southern Bald Ibis, Denhams Bustard and Secretary birds. We are privileged to have the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) support this status and who are actively engaged in assisting us with our application for Protected Status which is waiting for signature from the minister of Environmental Affairs.
Mpumalanga is comprised of three different biomes – grassland (occurring in the central highveld and escarpment regions, and covering the bulk of the Province), savanna (occurring on the foothills and plains), and forest (on south and east-facing slopes and in river valleys). Although all three of these biomes are home to important and often unique biodiversity, it is in the grasslands that the bulk of Mpumalanga’s rare, endemic and threatened species and all-important wetlands lie. These grasslands are critically important water-production landscapes, playing a vital role in maintaining the quality and quantity of water entering rivers, streams and aquifers. Despite their importance, and the fact that grasslands occupy just over 61% of the surface area of the Province, they are currently the most at-risk and least well-protected of Mpumalanga’s biomes.
It is the owners mission to preserve and protect the bio diversity of this jewel and to eradicate all invasive and alien vegetation which compromise the grasslands and the Olifants River Valley. To date hundreds of hectares of Black Wattle, Poplar Canensis and Bankrupt Bush have been removed and the grasslands rehabilitated with the support of donations from Jurgens Bekker Attorneys, Glencore and many others with whose support this would not be possible.
Although Bezhoek is located just 25km outside of Middelburg and Witbank and a 90 minute drive from Pretoria and Joburg there is no hint of any city activity once you arrive at Bezhoek. 5000ha of pristine nature is tucked away in the Olifants river valley, ready to be explored.
The Olifants river borders Bezhoek Nature Reserve on the West while the Klein Olifants traverses the Reserve in the North. making it the ideal destination for a weekend breakaway.