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 Bartholomeus Klip Day Safari Tour | Wine and Safari Tour: 3 Days/2 Nights

 
BARTHOLOMEUS KLIP DAY SAFARI TOUR

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Bartholomeus Klip Nature Reserve, with its characteristic Fynbos and rare renosterveld vegetation, forms part of the Cape Floral Kingdom. Bartholomeus Klip has been declared a National Heritage Site in recognition of its importance as the last major habitat of the geometric tortoise, one of the world’s rarest reptiles as well as for the rare renosterveld that can be seen there.

At Bartholomeus Klip the animals are easy to spot on the game drives in the low-growing Fynbos, especially since there are more than 1000 head of game. The reserve, in spring, is a “flower heaven” as one guest called it, with sheets of colour and a myriad of different bulbs, orchids and daisies to be discovered on closer inspection.

An interesting and unusual project at Bartholomeus Klip is the breeding of disease-free buffalo, which was embarked on in 1999. As most of the buffalo in Southern Africa are infected with corridor disease and foot and mouth disease, ‘clean’ animals from Bartholomeus Klip are in great demand on game ranches especially as buffalo are one of the ‘Big Five’ (the others being lion, elephant, rhino and leopard) that tourists always want to see. The breeding programme has been managed along basic farming principles since the original founder herd of 20 buffalo calves were raised on dairy cows. The herd is now breeding at a sustainable rate and numbers are kept at around 60 animals, with offspring being sold to areas that need stocking.

This programme provides a wonderful insight into the successful combination of modern farming and conservation, as well as allowing you the chance to get up close to view these magnificent animals.

More than 160 species of birds have been identified at Bartholomeus Klip, among them the endangered Blue Crane and the African Fish Eagle as well as the ostrich, frequently seen in the reserve.

6 000 acres of productive farmlands surround Bartholomeus Klip, with wheat being the major crop and oats, canola and clover pastures grown on a rotational basis. On an operation of this size there is always something interesting happening, especially in autumn when the crops are planted and early summer, when they are harvested. The 4 000 merino sheep are kept primarily for their wool, which is sold on auction in Cape Town. Guests at Bartholomeus Klip particularly enjoy the lambing time (usually after the early winter rains, when there is grazing for the ewes), and visiting the shearers in the big shed near to the farmhouse, where the wool is shorn, graded and packed into bales.

Bartholomeus Klip Nature Reserve is situated 120km’s from Cape Town. A typical day safari to Bartholomeus Klip will include the following:

Return transfers to the reserve from your hotel or guest house
4x4 game drive where you will see mostly antelope, birds and flora
Amazing lunch (3 course set menu OR picnic lunch)
For those guests that would like to overnight at Bartholomeus Klip there are the option of either staying in the guests house or to stay in Wild Olive House – the self catering house on the farm.
 
The Bartholomeus Klip Day Safari is conducted by La Rochelle Tours.

 
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• Please note that the above itinerary is subject to change without prior notice.
• All our rates are based on a minimum charge of 2 paying adult guests.
• Special group rates are based on the information provided by the guests.
• Our rates can change to our normal, full rates should the number of guests decrease.
• Availability can change from day to day and without notice until a tour is confirmed.
Cancellation fees will apply.

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