Bushbuck Hills Game Farm is nestled in a series of hills surrounding the North-West town of Swartruggens, a mere 2 hour drive from Gauteng.

 

At Bushbuck Hills Game Farm, you can come real close to giraffe, kudu, impala, blue wildebeest, zebra, gemsbuck, eland, red hartebeest, waterbuck, blesbuck, reedbuck, warthog and all the other small game.

 

Bushbuck Hills can cater for small to medium size groups and family getaways.

 

DESCRIPTION OF TRAILS

There are different hiking trails at Bushbuck Hills. The trails are a series of loops for local weekend visitors as well as a 2-day fully-fledged hike for hikersTrails vary in length depending on your hiking skills and the combination of trails chosen - from a 2km circle route to an 11km day trial.  The shorter nature trails offers magnificent bird watching and tree spotting opportunities. We offer a strenuous mountain trail with some tough mountain climbing involved and even a chain ladder for the adventurer!  

 

On day 1 of this trail, hikers can stay in the farmhouse, Huis Kiepersol, and hike to the Marlothi mountain Cabin, with a distance of 9km.  The first part of the trail is through Bushveld and then it follows the mountainous area of the Pilansberg range with undulating hills. The trail heads up in the kloof alongside a flowing mountain stream in a densely vegetated valley.  Here hikers can unwind, relax a bit and refresh themselves in the fountain swimming hole. On the plateau area you will not only find protea groves and real mountain grassland, but also Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Blesbuck, Red Hartebeest and Zebra.  

 

On day 2 of this trail, hikers go back to the Huis Kiepersol through Bushveld. At the Kudu View Point you will have time to enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the farm.  The trail back home stretches out across different areas of this beautiful game farm with more dams suitable for swimming. Hikers can also take the longer trail back which is approximately 11km.

There are different types of self-catering accommodation on the farm. No matter whether you stay at the Wild Olive Cottage, Huis Kiepersol, die Boskamp or Huis Karee, you will be able to start with a hiking trail at any of these accommodation units.   The Marlothi Cabin provides accommodation for most backpackers on the overnight trails.  There is no electricity supply to the hut and you have to stoke the “donkey” for a hot shower!  The mountain cabin has two bedrooms with 6 single beds in each, a communal bathroom with toilet and shower and a small kitchen. You need to bring your own crockery and cutlery.  The mountain cabin can sleep 12 hikers but there is ample space for tents should you require room for a bigger group.

 

ACCOMMODATION: 

 

HUIS KAREE:  SLEEPS 10 PEOPLE

3 Bedrooms:  1st bedroom with double bed and on-suite bathroom (bath and shower),

2nd bedroom with 2 single beds and 3rd bedroom with double bed.  Sharing bathroom (with bath) and separate toilet.  Kitchen with fridge, stove and microwave. Cutlery and cooking utensils.  Dining room and TV in living room.  Braai area, patio and garage.  Seperate flat with double bed and 2 single bed with on-suite bathroom (shower).

 

 

 

HUIS KIEPERSOL:  SLEEPS 13 PEOPLE

6 Bedrooms:  4 bedroom with double bed and 1 bedroom with 3 single beds and 1 bedroom with 2 single beds.  3 bathrooms (two bathrooms with shower and bath and one bathroom with shower and toilet).  Kitchen with fridge, stove and microwave. Cutlery and cooking utensils.  Dining room and TV in living room.  Lapa braai area and garage. 

 

WILD OLIVE COTTAGE:  SLEEPS 5 PEOPLE

2 Bedrooms with 1 double bed and 3 single beds (one stack bed).  2 bathrooms,  (one with bath and and shower and other with shower only). Open plan kitchen with fridge, stove and microwave. Cutlery and cooking utensils.  TV in living room.  Braai area and garage.

 

BOSKAMP:  SLEEPS 26 PEOPLE

The Bush Camp consists of 4 X on-suite three-bedroom rondavels and 4 X two-bedroom rondavels. A bathroom is shared between each two of the two-bedroom chalets.  A communal kitchen is found in the dining hall situated next to the swimming pool.  Accommodation is self catering and meals can be prepared in the fully equipped kitchen area or in the lapa. 

 

A 6-bed self catering chalet is also available.  3 Bedrooms, 1st bedroom with double bed and other rooms with 2 single beds   2 bathrooms (one with a shower and bath and other one shower only) and open plan kitchen with fridge, stove and microwave. Cutlery and cooking utensils for 6 people.  TV in living room with DSTV channels.  Private braai area.

 

MARLOTHI cabin:  sleeps 12 people

Ideal for the adventurer!  Two rooms with 6 single beds each.  Need to make a fire in the “donkey” for warm water.  Toilet, shower and small kitchen area.  Need to bring your own crockery and cutlery.  There is no electricity.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

Security: The farm is well away from urban communities and is considered  fairly safe. Care should be taken when driving the 16km gravel road from  Swartruggens to the farm, especially when it is raining or afterwards.

Fitness: The trails can be considered as easy/moderate. Children from 12 should be able to manage the walks. As there is plenty of potentially dangerous wildlife, hikers, especially children, should not walk on their own.

Access:  Parking at the Huis Kiepersol, Boskamp or Huis Karee.  In the event of bad weather, groups will park at Huis Kiepersol and will be transported where necessary. Only 4x4 vehicles can drive directly to the Marlothi mountain Cabin.

Cell phone reception:  Very limited cellphone reception on the farm.

 

What you should remember to bring with you:

  • Lighting: TORCH
  • Food and drinks
  • Bedding and pillows
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Sleeping bag
  • Towels
  • Matches and fire lighters
  • Toilet paper and toiletries
  • Hats/caps
  • Swimwear and swim towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera, binoculars

 

ACTIVITIES:

 

HIKING TRAILS:

There are various hiking trails at Bushbuck Hills. The trails are a series of loops for weekend visitors as well as a 2-day fully-fledges hike for hikers. Trails vary in length depending on your hiking skills and the combination of trails chosen – from a 2 km circular trail to an 11 km day walk.  The shorter nature trails offer magnificent bird and game watching and tree spotting opportunities. We offer a strenuous mountain trail with some tough mountain climbing and even a chain ladder for the adventurer.  No matter where you stay at Bushbuck Hills, you will be able to start with a hiking trail at any of the units.  All the trails are clearly marked.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS:

The mountain bike trails are clearly marked and rated on the farm.  Some of the 4x4 trails are suitable for mountain biking.  Some trails start in the foothills of the mountains and offers a number of serious rock obstacles, rapid descends and steep climbs as well as flat areas.  The mountain trails are definitely not for the novice cyclist but there are many routes on the plateau and in the flatter areas for beginner riders. The can have great fun and enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery along the different trails.

 

There are four color-coded trails, rated from beginner trails to advance trails.  Most trails starts off with a cruise from the different farm accommodation units, but it is not long before you get into the climb. There are four options going up, the first goes up in the kloof alongside a natural stream with some steep climbing but a beautiful shaded area with a real “Knysna” feeling.  You are most likely to find the bushbucks here!  The second, third and fourth routes up, is from Huis Karee farmhouse. 

 

One route is barely rideable due to the insanely steep gradient and loose rock patches – this is guaranteed to get the heart rate pumping and the adrenalin flowing on the descent!  The next route up is an easier climb with beautiful panoramic views of the farm and you’re almost guaranteed to see some Zebra and Kudu along this way.  The last route up is further along the right-hand side of the farm also following a stream at some places with some climbing but breath taking views of the farm.

 

QUAD BIKE TRAILS:

We offer a unique quad biking experience with adventure, unforgettable game viewing and beautiful scenery.  The farm offers the ultimate getaway for the quad lover – just bring your own quad! 

 

Trails are unguided, graded and colour-coded for you to know where to go. There are dongas, steep mountains and rivers to test your quad bike skills.  Quad bike trails varies in length depending on the driver’s skills and combination of trails chosen.  Most trails offers varying degrees of difficulty through open savannahs, bushveld, streams, hill climbs and picturesque mountains.  You can choose between technical rides, game-viewing rides or just a leisurely sundowner trip!

 

No racing, speeding or off-road riding are allowed on the farm – the main purpose is to admire the natural beauty of the area and explore it’s terrains by quad biking.

 

With so many trails to choose from, quad biking at Bushbuck Hills offers really an exhilarating experience to be enjoyed by young and old.  Trails cater for beginners and experienced drivers offering laid-back drives to adrenaline pumping experiences.  All tracks are eco friendly and you can enjoy a relaxing time on the farm with plenty of fresh air!

 

Echo 4 X 4 TRAIL:

Bushbuck Hills Game Farm offers a 4x4 route for both the novices and experienced drivers to explore the farm in an exciting and challenging way. The mountain terrain of the farm is a superior 4x4 trail destination with some spectacular views. Beautiful eco trails are also available for the not so adventurous to discover the landscape in a more relaxing way.

 

Some areas are quite easy and some requiring considerable driver skills, low range diff lock on for traction control, and a strong, reliable 4x4 vehicle.  The routes pass over mountainous rocks, through bushveld grasslands and ravines and up to view points with the most spectacular 360 degree views.  4x4 Enthusiasts can test their vehicles (and their nerves) on the more challenging sections.  The most difficult climb is up to the top of plateau entering from Huis Karee side.  The route is difficult and with extremely rocky patches, only suitable for advanced 4x4 drivers and definitely not for the faint-hearted!

 

Routes are clearly rated and marked on the farm and a detailed map is provided showing all the routes and their ratings.   Please note that certain routes should not be attempted after rain as the clay soil becomes very slippery making the road either un-passable or extremely dangerous.