Luiperdskloof Game Lodge forms part of the Wilge River Nature Conservancy (WRNC). This 1500ha reserve is a bird lover’s paradise and offer hikers spectacular views and interesting rock formation, not to mention the wide variety of game to be seen on foot.
The Wilge River Nature Conservancy, on the Eastern border of the province, is one of the largest, relatively unspoilt zones of butterfly habitats within Gauteng and should contain at least 100 butterfly species. To date more than 60 Butterfly species have been recorded. Rare and endangered species include Charaxes and Mokka Swallow Tail.
The Reserve is predominantly grassland but includes patches of riverine bush, wetlands and bushveld with 6km riverfront. Antelope thrive on this sweet and sour soil rich habitat and include species such as Kudu, Eland, Wildebeest, Waterbuck, Impala, Blesbuck, Springbuck, Zebra, Redhartebeest and Klipspringer. These herds of herbivores attract predators such as Leopard, Brown Hyena, Jackal and Serval.
The Wilge River Nature Conservancy protects a fine tract of Bankenveld habitat. This unique Vegetation type contains elements of both grassland and woodland habitats as the reserve lies in a transitional zone between the warmer woodlands to the north and the temperate grasslands to the South. As such, the reserve offers birders and interesting mix of species from both these biomes. One of the attractions of Luiperdskloof Game Lodge is that there are clearly marked hiking trails which are safe and secluded. The reserve is known for the numbers of LBJ’s on offer – particularly Larks, pipits and cist colas, but there is also the potential of seeing cranes, bustards and korhaans as well as a variety of interesting woodland bird species.
We are fortunate to have a breeding pair of Black Eagle which successfully raised a chick in 2010 and we are looking forward to welcome a new arrival in 2011.
Night birding can be productive, both Barn Owl and spotted Eagle-Owl are common in this area and Rufous-cheeked Nightjar often hawks insects in open areas just in front of the camp on summer evenings. Freckled Nightjar is an inhabitant of the rocky outcrops, such as the ridge in front of the chalets.
Luiperdskloof Game Lodge can arrange trips to the Cullinan Diamond Mine. The mine provides tours and takes you on a journey back in time to get the sense of the diamond rush from a bygone era.
The Nan Hua Buddhist Temple can also be visited which is just outside Bronkhorstspruit. The visit to the temple is also a big tourism attraction.
Bronkhorstspruit Dam offers water activities and a place to visit is the well-known sculptor Anton Smit with an exhibition hall with his work. The art exhibition has a restaurant called The Imagine Café which serves value for money food with signature dishes such as traditional meals and Oxtail.
Willem Prinsloo Culture Museum offers traditional Afrikaans food and has educational tours with lots to do for children.