Abel Erasmus, the Owner of Otterskloof, was raised in Kenya where his love for the African wildlife evolved. In later years he engaged in nature conservation acquiring skills to manage game in a contained environment where his love for wildlife unfolded. His reputation precedes him with an astonishing 28 year track record in the hunting industry.
After the successful sale of the renowned Wintershoek Safaris to the National Parks Board in 2006, Abel Erasmus together with his wife Karen acquired land in the district of Philipolis. The challenge was on and this led to one of the biggest successful private game relocations that year to Otterskloof as it is known today. Abel and Karen Erasmus, are well-known conservationists.
In addition to that, a Reserve was established through the amalgamation of 14 stock farms into one entity making it a paradise for game, wildlife and birds alike. The name Otterskloof, is eloquently derived from the resident Cape Clawless Otters found in the ravines on the farm.
As a visionary with insight, Abel diligently set out to rehabilitate the land to it’s former glory, hence the introduction of the Otterskloof Nature Conservation Programme, which is incessantly ongoing.
FAUNA & FLORA
The bordering Lake Vanderkloof brings with it an abundance of rich biodiversity of Fauna and Flora. This solitary treasure alone sets Otterskloof apart from what is common place. The reserve is home to 32 species of game including: Roan and Sable Antelope, Fish Eagle, Blue Crane, various owl species, Rock Dassie/Hyrax, Black Wildebeest (white tailed), Blesbuck, Blue Wildebeest (brindled tailed), Bontebuck, Cape Eland, Common Reedbuck, Gemsbuck, Gray Duiker, Impala, Jackal, Mountian Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest, Red Lechwe, Steenbuck, Waterbuck, White Blesbuck, Zebra, Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Nyala, Springbuck, and Giraffe.
Indigenous flora flourishes in protected areas across the Reserve.
Otterskloof is deemed to be the largest private employer in the area, and places social responsibility high on the agenda, notwithstanding developing its staff. To this end the personnel are regularly engaged in various training programmes.
The reserve has a staff complement of 36 with dedicated personell attending to specialist areas of the business.
A few other areas of community engagements include:
- Personal and professional development of personnel through tailormade courses
- Procurement of services from NGOs in Philippolis