Hunters Moon Game Ranch and Doornkloof Reserve Merge In South Africa


Published: March - 2009

In South Africa, the privately-owned Hunters Moon Game Ranch (HMGR) and the Doornkloof Nature Reserve (DKNR) have merged to create what has been touted as a historic new partnership between the private and public sectors. The merger means that the fence separating the two areas is coming down, forming a contiguous block of 100,000 acres that wild game will traverse freely for the first time in 100 years. It will also be the first time in 25 years that DKNR will be hunted.

Mark McAdam of HMGR says DKNR is a provincial area in the Northern Cape owned and operated by the Water Affairs Department, which oversees the use of water from Lake Vanderkloof, a 50-mile-long body of water created when they dammed the Orange River. More than 30 miles of the river creates the eastern boundary of the reserve. Water Affairs had put some indigenous game back on the property and was charging gate fees for anglers and day-hikers. But that arrangement simply did not create very much income. The merger with Hunters Moon creates a shared profit agreement on hunts for various species indigenous to the reserve, including Cape buffalo, southern greater kudu, Cape eland and mountain reedbuck.

This is all located in South Africa's Great Karoo, which is semi-desert. But with more than 60 miles of river running through the area, there is a riverine habitat that supports a number of non-desert species as well. Besides the Orange River and Lake Vanderkloof, there are 35 miles of the Seacow River. As a tributary of the Orange, the Seacow runs from the eastern boundary of the reserve southwards all the way through HMGR. In addition to riverine thicket and wide open Karoo plains, the combined area also features mountain shrubvelt, providing a varied hunting experience.

There are no facilities in the reserve and very few roads, as the reserve was not developed much. McAdam says Water Affairs is giving him a lodge site on the Seacow and that his plans are to use a houseboat to travel from one end of the reserve........(continued)

 
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