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RENOSTERPAN STEEPED IN HISTORY

The property, located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, was acquired from a mortgagee auction back in 2001 and part of that sale was all livestock was to be sold by the previous owner to pay back the bank. This left the property with no cattle or game animals and the bush had been severely over grazed to the point where animals couldn't remain there without large amounts of supplement feeding. The property was in pretty bad shape but on a positive note, it was also a clean slate.

Adriaan's grandfather set out on the monumental task of replenishing the property back to a natural state. He burned sections of bushland periodically to rejuvenate the plants and natural grasses. As small amounts of indigenous game animals started to return he decided to invest a considerable amount of money to game fence the property. Over the following years he purchased and introduced a number of indigenous game species back to the property. These included Impala, eland, waterbuck, giraffe, kudu, red hartebeest, gemsbok, zebra, blesbok and many more.

In 2003 the true reason for purchasing the property came to fruition. Adriaan's grandfather was extremely passionate about rhino and decided to introduce them to the property. This was a huge milestone for him and the property was subsequently named Renosterpan. In Afrikaans, Renoster means rhino. Two years later in 2005, a herd of Cape buffalo was added which meant the property now had three of the big five roaming around.

Whenever the opportunity presented, Adriaans Grandfather would purchase the neighboring properties to eventually extend the property to 10,000 hectares. This is one of the largest single owned properties in the area and a huge draw card for both local hunters and international guests.

In the late years of Adriaan’s grandfather’s life, Adriaan lived fulltime on the property and helped look after his grandfather and learned the ropes when it came to the farming life. Before passing Adriaan's grandfather built a school on part of the land and donated it to the community for the education of local children.

In 2011, after Adriaan and his brother Pieter had taken ownership of the property, an old farm house was converted into the hunters lodge, nyala were brought in and the property was finally opened to international hunters.

Back in 2013 distant gun shots in the night alerted Adriaan to something sinister occurring on his land. He jumped in to his vehicle and searched for sign of the unwanted guests. Unfortunately there wasn't any sign of them and Adriaan waited out all night hoping to hear something that could help pinpoint their location. He utilised this time to organise a helicopter for first light to scour the entire area and help from his neighbours. Adriaan counted five dead rhino from the air and radioed down to the ground crews of the locations. Targeting the most recent carcasses was where the ground crew found footprints of the poachers. When the poachers were finally caught, Adriaan questioned them about what they had been doing on his property, they said that they had been there for a week and killed seven rhinos.

It's important to separate legal, law abiding hunters from poachers. As hunters we are ethical, selective and mostly want to leave a place or ecosystem in better condition than when we found it. Poachers on the other hand are ruthless, greedy, indiscriminate and most of all display heartless & criminal behavior.

After this spate of rhino poaching there was a very hard decision to make. Either sell the remaining rhino to another property or establish a full time anti-poaching unit to protect Adriaan's grandfather’s legacy. In the end a full time anti-poaching team was set up and has been protecting the rhinos ever since.

 

In 2015 sable were introduced to the property to add another dimension to the already diverse wildlife that occur on the property and a further 1000 hectares was purchased to make the total 11,000 hectares.

Unfortunately, late in 2017 part of the hunters lodge was damaged by fire. The repairs will be conducted in early 2018 and the place will be as good as new by the start of the 2018 hunting season.

Currently, Renosterpan supports and employs over 15 full time employees, it houses and feeds the workers and their families, maintains a 24/7 anti-poaching unit and holds around two thousand head of game. If you consider how the place started out and see where it is now, you can say that it’s not a bad outcome for the indigenous wildlife in a decade and a half. This place is true conservation in practice. Hunters that visit Renosterpan directly contribute to the rhinos future survival, the continual improvement of the numbers of existing game species, you improve the chances of the introduction of other game species on to the property and increase the prospects of all employees that have jobs because of you.

Future plans for the property include re-introducing the final members of the big five, the African lion and the gigantic elephant and to build a large dam to introduce hippos and crocodiles. We would also like to introduce the roan antelope to the property so that hunters can experience an even wider variety of game animals when they visit.

We are looking forward to you joining us at Renosterpan and contributing to the future plans of this great property. We will see you in Africa!

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