Draaihoek Lodge Private Nature Reserve

A zebra in Draaihoek Private Nature Reserve, West Coast South Africa

The private Nature Reserve reaches from the Atlantic ocean inland to Sandveld’s mountain range and across to the Verlorenvlei, a RAMSAR classified site, south of Elands Bay.
The coastal border of the Reserve stretches along an undisturbed sandy beach, hugged by rugged dunes and favoured by flocks of birds typical to the West Coast. The uninhabited bay area is frequented by whales, seals and playing Heaviside dolphins.

Wildlife

Abundance of rare and common bird species in Draaihoek Nature Reserve

Abundance of rare and common bird species.

The wildlife reintroduction programme undertaken in the reserve has seen the return of the magnificent Eland, Bontebok, Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest, Kudu, Gemsbok, Impala, Cape Mountain Zebra and Ostrich.

A huge diversity of birdlife is thriving in the Reserve, both in the unspoiled, deserted veld and beach as well as closer to the Lodge. Keen birders are welcome to the Bird Hide, erected at one of the dams close to the Lodge, frequented by resident waterfowl.

Vegetation

The vegetation is particularly specie rich, with the reserve being situated in a vegetative transition area – between the Cape Peninsula and the Namaqua floral kingdoms. Untouched stretches of veld and vlei are home to a huge variety of flowering plants and bulbs, providing an annual Spring spectacle exclusive to the West Coast from August to October.

Well preserved ancient rock art at Draaihoek on West Coast South Africa

Well preserved ancient rock art.

Rock Art

The Reserve also boasts rock art sites, a living portrayal of stone-age culture.

These ancient simplistic, extraordinary artworks are found in caves which housed the hunter-gatherer Bushman artists responsible for these works of art and are well preserved.

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