The Rae Family Trust is dedicated to preserving the land and its inhabitants for future generations. Once a hunting farm, the current owner is devoted to creating a sanctuary for animals in an eco-friendly, harmonious environment. Restoration of traditional fauna and flora and the appropriate restoration of certain historic buildings, pathways and roads, has been in practice since taking ownership. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing the proliferation of newborns at privately owned KRGT. By ridding the land of alien vegetation and creating a more harmonious sanctuary for the animals, we’ve seen a huge increase in numbers. Equally rewarding is the resumed trust in humans which makes game viewing a unique and ‘up close and personal’ experience. Acting as custodians to baby zebras and Eland calves that have become a regular site at KRGT, is incredibly rewarding and hugely encouraging.
Our expansive lands are home to plenty of wildlife. Encounter Burchell’s Zebra, Eland, Waterbuck, Bushbuck, Nyala, Gray Rhebuck, Springbok, Gemsbok, Blue Wildebeest, Red hartebeest, Blesbok, Duiker, Leopard, Caracal, Serval, Genet, Honeybadger, Porcupine, Bush Pig, Baboons and Monkeys on the farm.
The free roaming wildlife across the vast expanse of land makes for intimate and plentiful sightings during game drives, hikes or camping trips.
Water is the source of life, and Keurbooms River Game Trails has two main springs on the farm. The spring at Knoetskraal feeds the south-western side of the farm. At Tarka, the little Victorian homestead on the eastern side of the farm, there is another fresh water spring that offers sufficient water for the animals and the homesteads. There are smaller ravines and water holes where more shy animals might be spotted. More exciting is tracking animal spoor on foot – we have to date come across a trio of leopard tracks – indicating animals of varying sizes, which could be a breeding pair and its offspring – but have yet to catch sight of these shy animals.
Further East, open grasslands make it easy to spot Wildebeest and Nyala. You might spot a lone, outcast Nyala running with the Wildebeest too, having adopted the herd as his own.
Deep ravines and kloofs also create the perfect environment for Leopards, Honey-badgers and Klipspringers.
Friendly game means you can fit in an early morning hike - 45 minutes will take you around a large field on a cleared track, in full view of Nyala and Wildebeest. Baboons, monkeys and honey badgers add to the thrill as they congregate in a nearby forest. Bird watchers will delight in our local birds including recent sightings of the Oxpecker, last seen in the region decades ago!
The cottage sleeps five – two double bedrooms, and one single bedroom.
It includes an outdoor boma shower, indoor bathroom – with two loos. The feel of the cottage is one of understated rustic elegance – the four poster bed not out of place in a home that’s estimated at 80 years old.