A passion for Africa!
Koedoeskop [kuduskop], Afrikaans for « Kudu’s Hill », is a privately owned 3600ha nature reserve committed
to the preservation of the Southern Africa fauna & flora, particularly that of the Eastern Cape.
Owned & managed by nature enthusiasts, our objective is to offer a true experience of the African bush and its wildlife, without unnecessary constraints. Unlike many African lodges where you will spend most of your time at the back of a 4×4, we specialise in activities such as walking & hiking, horse-riding, mountain biking, game & bird viewing, botany trails or tracking.
It is the perfect place for family or friends to reunite and spend quality time together in an unspoiled natural environment. We specifically welcome children, even very young, to whom we can offer dedicated outdoor activities. Koedoeskop is located in the Southern Karoo, a malaria-free and bilharzia-free area, therefore there are no special health precautions (or vaccination) necessary.
The region around Koedoeskop is largely dedicated to nature conservation with a big concentration of National Parks within a 50-100 Km range, namely Addo Elephant National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park, Camdeboo National Park.
An exceptionally water-rich reserve
for the Karoo
Koedoeskop encompasses a long stretch of mountains and hills, East/West oriented, and includes 7 Km of the Voël River which has carved a deep canyon through the ancient landscape. The mountains and valleys creating various tributaries, contributes to the catchment of the Voël River, ultimately flowing into Darlington Dam, thus making it an exceptionally water-rich reserve within the Karoo area. The typical climate of the Lower Karoo area is continental, yet with a lesser temperature variance. The winters are dry and cold, however, sub-zero nights remain exceptional. The summers are hot interspersed with thunderstorms. Koedoeskop enjoys a minimum of 300 days of sun per year.
Koedoeskop sustains an array of animal species, some of which are endemic to Southern Africa such as the Black Wildebeest and the Mountain Zebra. Both are listed as Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) in South Africa, the latter forming part of the Cites Endangered list (Appendix I). We are proud to have a very healthy population of these threatened animals. Our large browsers and grazers species present on Koedoeskop includes : Blesbok, Cape Eland, Red Hartebeest, Greater Kudu, Mountain Reedbuck, Waterbuck, Springbok, Black Wildebeest, Impala, Nyala, Gemsbok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Giraffe, Duiker, Steenbok, and Warthog.
Naturally occurring predators that may be seen include Black-backed Jackal (Canis mesomelas), Caracal and Spotted Genet. Present, but rarely seen are Brown Hyena (Hyaena brunnea), Aardwolf and Bat-eared Fox. The exceptional preservation of Koedoeskop offers natural habitats for many other mammal species such as the Chacma Baboon, Vervet Monkey, Porcupine, various species of Mongoose, Aardvark (Oryctero pusafer) and even Cape Otter (Aonyx capensi) who lurk in the riverine areas. Colonies of Rock Hyrax (Procavia capensis) are seen on the cliffs and large numbers of Scrub hare (Lepus saxatilis) and Spring hare (Pedetes capensis) occupying the flatter areas. The diverse habitat and the permanent pools of water, means that over 200 bird species reside either permanently or temporarily within the Reserve. We are proud to have a rare (resident) breeding pair of Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle (Aquila verreauxii) nesting along the cliffs. Many other raptors can also be seen on a day’s walking/hiking.
Staying with us
(Re)discover the warm
and friendly Karoo hospitality!
We are proud to be a small family business and guarantee a personal and warm hospitality. You will be accommodated in our old Karoo-style farm-house, tastefully renovated, which offers 4 spacious double-bed rooms, all en-suite. Single beds can be added for children on request. We have a swimming-pool for the warm summer days and all amenities (air-conditioning, heaters, lounge with fire-place, etc…), in a rustic-chic atmosphere. Dinners and/or evening drinks beside the fire in our “boma”, beneath the un-spoilt Eastern Cape starry sky, while exchanging stories about the day’s impressions and sightings, will certainly be some of the highlights of your stay. We pride ourselves to serve real home-cooking made from fresh local ingredients, many from our own garden, with a French touch.
Holidays should be about freedom and… exploring! Therefore, we propose that you spend some of your nights’ stay right in the middle of the bush so you can have a chance to get closer to the African wilderness with its unique sights, sounds & smells. Waking up to the bird’s chorus, with the first sunrays, watching a kudu strolling away from the river is a magical moment which we hope to share with you.
We host you on an “ALL-INCLUSIVE” basis, which includes all our daily on-site activities. Selected wines & spirits will be charged separately. You are more than welcome to share with us, at the time of your booking, any dietary requirements and/or specific requests. We are very flexible and will adapt to your wishes the best we can.