Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
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Bat-eared foxes, found in fynbos, can hear the movements of insects underground.
If you’re wandering in the fynbos of Bartholomeus Klip in the spring, you may suddenly wish you had a hovercraft under your feet. No matter which way you step, it seems that there is some unique and wondrous plant there.
You feel as if you might be treading on the last of a species. But your guide may laugh and say the galloping herds of eland (which weigh nearly a ton each) do much more damage than your feet ever could.
This 4 000-hectare farm and reserve north of Cape Town is the guardian of 1 of the largest contiguous pieces of renosterveld in the world. This type of vegetation, a kind of fynbos, is a particular member of the Cape Floral Kingdom that grows in exceptionally rich soils. As a result, much of the renosterveld has been eradicated by crop farming.
Not surprisingly, this critical conservation area has been declared a provincial nature reserve as well as a natural heritage site. There are some species that are found only here.
In total, this private reserve protects 820 species of plants, of which 5 have never been found anywhere else. But it’s not only the plants that are critically endangered. It’s also 1 of the animals found here – notably the 4th generation of 'quagga in the making'.
Quagga became extinct in 1883, but it was recently found that the DNA was identical to Burchell’s zebra and here you can see quaggas being ‘bred back’ into existence.
The reserve is not only exceptional for its flowers. Apart from the herds of eland (the mountains nearby are called the Elandsberg) and buffalo there are other fynbos dwellers like zebras, black wildebeest and bat-eared foxes.
This is also a working sheep and wheat farm, so it neatly combines two worlds. You stay in a stylish Victorian farmhouse where the architecture, décor and hospitality seem from a former, more gracious era.
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Tel: +27 (0) 82 529 8539
Cell: +27 (0) 82 829 4131