Otterskloof is a game reserve of outstanding scenic beauty situated in the Free State, Karoo. The reserve is run along pure, sustainable management and development principles with an exceptionally low development and tourist footprint offering unrivalled exclusivity and privacy. Family owned Otterskloof offers guests incredible ecological diversity in a “Conservation First” reserve, where all guest income goes towards positive conservation efforts. It offers guests unique wildlife experiences, thrilling activities and picturesque natural assets in abundance. There is a unique programme of activities such as swimming, hiking, game drives, fishing (own fish gear), veld braais, sunset drives and Bush dinners (weather permitting) for guests to tailor-make their stay. Otterskloof is a family friendly establishment.
Sweeping across 30 000 acres of bush veld savannah, river, valley and magic mountain landscapes, Otterskloof represents a piece of Africa as it used to be with the mighty Knapsak river, Vanderkloof Dam, weaving through breathtaking landscapes.
FAUNA & FLORA
The bordering Lake Vanderkloof brings with it an abundance of rich biodiversity of Fauna and Flora. This solitary treasure alone sets Otterskloof apart from what is commonplace. The reserve is home to 32 species of game including: Roan and Sable Antelope, Fish Eagle, Blue Crane, various owl species, Rock Dassie/Hyrax, Black Wildebeest (white tailed), Blesbuck, Blue Wildebeest (brindled tailed), Bontebuck, Cape Eland, Common Reedbuck, Gemsbuck, Gray Duiker, Impala, Jackal, Mountian Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest, Red Lechwe, Steenbuck, Waterbuck, White Blesbuck, Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Nyala, Springbuck, and Giraffe.
Indigenous flora flourishes across the Reserve.
A SEAMLESS HUNTING EXPERIENCE
IN THE NAMA KAROO
When you hunt at Otterskloof, your expedition is led by experienced and well trained professional hunters, (affectionately known as a PH’s) and trackers, ensuring not only an unforgettable experience but everlasting memories that will entice your return. The serene setting coupled with the day’s events will make for good conversation around the fire at sunset.
We offer both the seasoned and less experienced hunter a hunt to suit their tastes and preferences. The reserve is vast and expansive, allowing a ‘walk and stalk’ hunt if you so wish. Hunting from pre-built hides is an option which may be entertained.
The vastness of the Reserve coupled with the varied topography makes every hunt different – from high open plateaus to deep thorny ravines, the environment is not only aesthetically pleasing, but offers a different challenge on every hunt.
The following species may be added to your hunting list (depending on availability):
Black wildebeest (white tailed)
Blue wildebeest (brindle tailed)
Sadly, all good things come to an end as the epigram goes. Once the hunt is over, trained staff will prepare the trophies and hides for your convenience. In addition to that, the meat will be processed and packed in a hygiene facility, should you chose to do so.
In the unique landscape between the Northern Cape and the Free State on the banks of the Vanderkloof Dam, lies Otterskloof Private Game Reserve – an 18 000 hectares (44000 acres) reserve offering two accommodation options, up close and personal wildlife encounters, beautiful vistas, and personal service.
14 000 hectares of ever-changing vistas
25 kilometres of uninhabited shoreline
30 years of wildlife conservation
Game in abundance
INCLUDED IN DAY FEE
• Linen, towels and daily cleaning services.
• Experienced and equipped guides in radio contact with control room and each other.
• Recovery of animal carcasses.
• Skinning and cooling of animal carcasses.
• Peace of mind that 30 years in the hunting industry brings.
Children under 2 years stay for free.
Children between 2 and 6 years pay 25% of the accommodation rate.
Children between 6 and 11 years pay 50% of the accommodation rate.