The Challenge


The challenge facing Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve is the attainment of a harmonious balance between resource protection, community benefits, and a viable and enjoyable guest experience.

Numerous aspects compound this challenge including the changing economic environment, government policies on conservation, tourism and community benefits, as well as the cost involved in restocking and managing species that historically occurred in the area.

What was started as a family business the Reserve wants to continue the traditions that provide guests with warm hospitality in an affordable manner, requiring a diversity of tourism products, which limit the risks associated with any single tourism sector, yet remaining manageable. Therefore, it is deemed as very important by the existing Board of Directors to strengthen the board in the near future with selected experts to assist and guide the overall operation of Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve.

By continuing to provide opportunities for local labour to acquire the necessary skills (technical, relational and conceptual), emotional and spiritual development, and then empowering them the Reserve will continue to provide equitable benefits to the region and its people.

It is our privilege to be stewards of more than 3 300 hectares of the breathtaking Moolmanshoek valley. The Witteberg Mountains surround the valley in the shape of a horseshoe (with Visierskerf peaking at 2407m above sea level) feeding several mountain streams in the valley floor below. This basin is home to a variety of game that include Springbuck, Black Wildebeest, Blesbuck, Zebra, Eland, Gemsbok and many others that are historically indigenous to the area. More than 230 bird species can be seen in the reserve, while a wide variety of plants grow on the mountain slopes and in the beautiful wooded ravines. Under the skilled hands and vision of the owner, Willie Nel, the once productive farm was transformed and developed into a game reserve and conservation area. It was later declared a private nature reserve.

You are invited to visit us and revel in the breathtaking natural beauty and tranquillity; the rich variety of wildlife, flora and birdlife in an unspoiled mountain environment. Explore the reserve on horseback, go walking alongside streams and dams, or enjoy fly-fishing in clear spring water. Follow one of our two hiking trails or various day walks and renew your mind and soul. Challenge yourself with abseiling, high ropes, a 4X4 drive or climbing one of the peaks.

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