Mount Camdeboo in the Eastern
Cape has recently introduced elephant to its reserve,
with plans to add lion later in the year, thereby
expanding its long-term conservation vision.
The 14 000-ha reserve will now become
home to the famed ¡§Big Five¡¨ as rhino, Cape buffalo and
leopard are already present on the property.
These species all historically occurred in the Great
Karoo region and form part of the reserve¡¦s long-term
plan to reintroduce historically occurring species in
¡§We are thrilled to welcome back these majestic
creatures to Mount Camdeboo, which will undoubtedly add
great value to our safari experience¡¨ says owner Iain
The reserve says records show that elephant have always
been indigenous to the area, being an animal that can
live in habitats ranging from deserts to forests, as
long as there is clean fresh drinking water and shade.
"We are delighted that Mount Camdeboo meets all their
habitat requirements and are confident that they will
thrive in the reserve.¡¨
The reserve was first created in 1995, when the late
Logie Buchanan purchased several properties making up
the current 14 000-ha Mount Camdeboo private game
The recent approval by the Department of Environmental
Affairs of the region¡¦s Mountain Zebra-Camdeboo
Protected Environment¡¦s proposed management plan, which
will see approximately 286 343 hectares of both private
and public land in the Great Karoo protected and
preserved for generations to come, has been a stamp of
approval for the region¡¦s land conservation cap.
Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve has played a pivotal
role in this initiative, being the first property to
sign into the Protected Environment in 2012.
Mount Camdeboo Private Game Reserve lies just to the
east of the town of Graaff-Reinet, in the heart of the
malaria-free Eastern Cape's Great Karoo area