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ROAM PRIVATE GAME RESERVE

Discover a moment when the silence becomes the only sound that you hear and where the sweeping views invite boundless exploration. And when the sun sets, explore the noir of the bush under a canopy of stars.

 

 

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- OPEN SPACE TO GO ANYWHERE - 

Welcome to ROAM, a private game reserve for those with a deeper and more profound connection to nature. 

ROAM PRIVATE GAME RESERVE has been set-up to create a safe haven for wildlife to enjoy the open space of the Karoo.

Steeped in history and diverse wildlife, the game reserve encompasses more than 5500 hectares of pristine Karoo veld. ROAM is now a sanctuary for many of the species which historically roamed the vast Karoo plains.

Set in a magnificent landscape ideal for world class photography, game and bird sightings and genuine eco-tourism.

Today ROAM offers traditional bush luxury accommodation in a 5-bedroom self-catering or catered lodge. Enjoy early morning game drives or for those who struggle to stay still for too long, there are a number of outdoor activities and adventures to choose from. 

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"We hope that you enjoy the experience and become part of the Karoo story as we re-address and re-establish the magical eco-system to its original abundance." Denis Post

ROAM LODGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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- LODGE RATES -

Double rooms start at R1 200 per person sharing per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Please enquire directly as rates will differ dependant on your meal and activity package chosen.

For enquiries or to make a booking contact us on + 27 (0) 72 857 3365, or email info@roamthekaroo.co.za

- The Roam Lodge offers the following in Karoo deluxe comfort:

4 twin/double rooms with en-suite bathroom units with shower,

1 x suite with Kingsize bed with en-suite bathroom with luxury free standing bath and shower, 

It comes standard with fully equipped kitchen, dining, and lounge area with Dstv,

Braai and outside dining area,

Outside deck with swimming pool and loungers looking over a small watering hole.

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MAIN LODGE: BOOKINGS AND RATES

Double rooms start at R1 200 per person sharing per night on a bed and breakfast basis. Please enquire as rates will differ dependant on your meal and activity package chosen.

For enquiries and bookings contact: + 27 (0) 72 857 3365 or email info@roamthekaroo.co.za

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EXPLORER CAMPING SITE

The explorer mobile tents are large dome tents set on your own private wooden deck and come standard with 2 sleeping stretches made up with puffy camping mattress, white sheet, blanket and pillow (your own sleeping bag is required), with lazy chairs looking into the riverbed acacia thickets. 

2 separate private areas house showers and toilets for men and women with views of the famous Karoo stars and our beautiful dry river bed and bush thicket. 

The camp can sleep up to a maximum of 12 people in 6 tents. 

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- EXPLORER TENTS : BOOKINGS AND RATES -

August 2016 - June 2017

We take a minimum booking of 6 people at R975 per person per night and a minimum of 2 nights’ stay is required. The camp can sleep up to a maximum of 12 people in 6 tents.

You will have 2 dedicated staff members who will ensure the camp and your tent remains clean and will be served 3 delicious meals daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. ( We will send you a few options for the menu before your stay in order that you can choose what suits your group best. We only use the freshest ingredients sourced directly from our farm or the surrounding neighbours).

* All rates include 2 x game drives or nature walks per day or a combination of both.

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KAROO LEGACY

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- A LEGACY FROM THE PAST -

It's not known to many that over a century ago, you would have found huge herds of antelope (in particular the famous trekbokke which were herds of migrating springbok in the hundreds of thousands), elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros traversing the great Karoo followed by major predators and scavengers such as lion, cheetah, Cape leopard and brown hyena.

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- EARLY SETTLERS -

Sadly, when the colonialists and voortrekkers (Dutch settlers) arrived and moved North from the Cape in-land, they hunted all the game which they came across to the point that almost all of the natural game in the area was near to extinct.

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As these groups settled along their journey they realized the natural succulent shrub and good ground water made for perfect conditions to farm sheep, which provided the famous Karoo lamb. As delicious as the lamb may be, the over stocking of sheep and subsequent over grazing of the land, destroyed the Karoo’s natural flora.

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- MAGNIFICIENT -

Thankfully, the last sheep was removed from reserve 15 years ago and the land has since then had an opportunity to rehabilitate the veld back to its natural state.

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This is one of the reasons the reserve has such magnificent flora and fauna. ROAM is already home to over 1000 head of game including buffalo, giraffe, zebra and 13 species of antelope as well as small predators such as the black backed jackal, caracal, Cape fox and bat eared fox.

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- VISION -

It is the vision at ROAM to continue on this path and work tirelessly with conservationists and specialists in their various fields to continue the rehabilitation of  veld and flora, and introduce various endangered species in the coming years.

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2017 and 2018 will see this plan slowly unfolding as we reintroduce cheetah, brown hyena and rhino to the land.

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POACHING AWARENESS CAPE TOWN TO KAROO PACKAGE

 

 

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 - UNIQUE ANTI-POACHING PACKAGE - 

Roam Private Game Reserve brings you a unique tour package which not only takes in the beauty of the vast Karoo landscapes but also the famous Cango caves, The Swartberg pass -one of South Africa's most famous gravel passes, a 2 night stay at ROAM Private Game Reserve where you will be treated to 2 x game drives and accommodation in our Explorer tented camp.

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- ANTI-POACHING AMBASSADORS -

During your stay at ROAM you will be given the opportunity to get a glimpse into the world of anti-poaching, we will have a talk on the various endangered species in Southern Africa, you will be shown the art of man and animal tracking as well as spend a few hours on the shooting range with our experienced instructors teaching you the fundamentals of hand gun and rifle-shooting. (For those who are not interested in shooting firearms you will have the option of a quad bike safari or a bush walk).

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- ANTI-POACHING - THE FULL PACKAGE -

This package can be arranged to depart from Cape Town or George. For your convenience we can assist with accommodation bookings in those cities. The tour can be booked for private groups of 6 or more, or alternatively enquire directly if travelling in smaller numbers to see if any tours of like-minded travelers are looking to experience this tour during the same date. The package starts at R4500 per person including VAT, 3 nights accommodation1 litre bottle of water each day, breakfast, lunch and dinner at Roam, 2 x game drives, Cango caves experience. Extras for your account:  Ronnie's Sex Shop (a famous roadside diner along the R62 Cape wine route) brunch, dinner in Oudtshoorn, breakfast at Prince Albert market and all drinks during the trip.

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VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME

 

 

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- CALLING ALL VOLUNTEERS -

If you were born with the dust of Africa in your soul and have dreamt of spending time surrounded by African wildlife while helping with a true conservation initiative, then this program is for you. 

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- GROUNDED -

During the course of the next year October 2016-October 2017 ROAM will be opening up an opportunity for volunteers who will get a chance to experience the behind the scenes operation of what it takes to build a game reserve in Africa from the ground up. 

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- VOLUNTEER PACKAGES -

We will accept 1 month and 3 month periods for volunteers. Duties will include management of our wildlife breeding area. Fence building and maintenance, anti-poaching patrols and fence checks. The volunteers who sign up for 3 months or more will become more involved in the behind the scenes processes of sourcing, potentially moving and releasing of rhino and cheetah onto the reserve if the timing coincides with your period of volunteering.

* Please enquire directly for various price options. Volunteer rates start from R18000 for a 28 day volunteer package.

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- MEET NEW VOLUNTEERS -

On enquiring directly you can find out more information about what interesting projects will be going on at the reserve during the time you wish to volunteer. You will stay in a building with 3 other volunteers and a head volunteer who will guide and manage you and your projects during your stay. You will also get to interact with our staff on the ground as you socialize with them daily at breakfast, lunch and supper around the boma fire

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ADVENTURE PACKAGES

 

 

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- DESIGN YOUR OWN ADVENTURE TIME -  

Bush drives, adventure courses and beautiful sunrises and sunsets are always present in abundance and our passion for hospitality, our flair for little surprises and the regions as-far-as-the-eye-can-see fauna and flora will ensure that your stay at ROAM will leave you feeling revitalised, relaxed and ever mindful of the day that you can come back home to ROAM in the Karoo.

ROAM offers a wide range of exciting outdoor activities that can be tailored around your very specific needs. Please enquire with us directly. 

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- HAND TO HAND COMBAT & FIREARM COURSES -

This 4-day familiarization course includes the fundamentals of firearm training and shooting, hand to hand and hand to weapon close quarters combat and self defense training. To keep things interesting we will add in a few sessions to the course covering man and animal tracking bringing awareness to the life of an anti-poaching unit. 

For Further information on the instructors and the courses provided please go to: www.tacticainternational.co.za

All profits derived from this course will be put directly back into the reserve for anti-poaching efforts to ensure the safety of so many of Africa’s endangered species. 

Please enquire with us directly should you wish to be informed of upcoming course dates or alternatively you can book your own private group experience starting at a minimum booking of 6 people for the course at R4 500 per person including VAT, 3 meals per day, accommodation, use of firearms, instructor, fully serviced campsite and 2 x game drives during the course. (Excluding drinks which you may bring yourself and ammunition which will be charged for at the end of the course dependent on how many rounds were used per individual).

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- MOUNTAIN BIKE, RUNNING AND WALKING TRIALS - 

Our tented camp can be booked out for sport specific training groups or simply groups of friends looking for new trails to explore. We have 12 marked out routes ranging from 3kms for kids which can be lead by one of our staff to 30km advanced track routes which you can enjoy exploring at your leisure. 

All tracks are in an area which does not have large predators or what is generally classified as dangerous game but you will be in an area surrounded by 13 different species of antelope including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, eland, springbuck and many more and will most certainly be training surrounded by the beauty of Africa and her wildlife.

Time not spent on the trails will be at your leisure and our rangers will happily add in game drives, quad bike trails, firearms shooting, a session into animal and man track and sign depending on the group and what they would like to do.

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- BOOT CAMP & STRENGTH TRAINING -

Our anti-poaching unit is made up of a diverse team of individuals who have experience training and competing in various martial arts including Kickboxing, boxing and ju-jitsu as well as with South African special forces military personnel and through these years have had vast experience in various high performance methods of fitness training which they are happy to use to put together various difficulty levels from fun beginner programs to highly sport specific bootcamps for groups looking to add in strength training or simply those that wish to stay fit while on holiday and enjoying Africa’s bushveld.

We are also more than happy to tailor make the menu for specific dietery requirements for private groups.

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ROAM SIGNATURE LODGE

 

 

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-NEW BOUTIQUE LODGE COMING IN 2017-

Over the next year an exciting remodelling project at ROAM will transform the current homestead into a premium boutique bush lodge with 9 new villa's.

New freestanding lodges will flow off from the updated homestead - creating an open and relaxing reception area and a row of 9 new private and beautifully styled bush villa's available for accommodation. To complete the experience, a luxury tent base consisting of 12 tents will also be added to the ROAM experience.

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Whilst the development is rolled out, ROAM invites game and nature purists to continue to discover and explore the genuine wildlife experience in the comfort of the U-styled 5 bedroomed bush lodge, or for those that enjoy adventure from the ground up, the adventure tent camp will still be available for individual or group bookings.

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WEDDINGS

 

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- PERFECT BUSH WEDDING -

The Karoo landscape creates an infinite backdrop and location to a one-of-a-kind wedding. Contact Tam at tam@roamthekaroo.co.za to find out more about creating your perfect bush wedding. 

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FIND US IN THE KAROO

 

 

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ROAM Private Game Reserve is situated at the foothills of the Swartberg mountains in the very heart of the Great Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa.

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ROAM is a malaria free game reserve and is close to Cape Town, Oudtshoorn and the N2 Garden Route.

Tourists, visiting the iconic Cape region, and Western Cape locals now have the opportunity to experience an authentic big game wildlife experience as ROAM is ideally located 550km’s away from the center of Cape Town. For visitors from Johannesburg, ROAM is 1000km's from the center of Sandton.

George Airport is 180km from ROAM and is the nearest commercial airport. Alternatively, private charters can be arranged to the landing strip in nearby area.

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Directions from Cape Town: Take the N1 towards Beaufort West, approximately 10km before Beaufort West take the N12 turn off towards Oudtshoorn. After 60km you will see the signs for ROAM Private Game Reserve on your right hand side.

GPS co-ordinates: S 32.91834' E 022.54525'.

Travel safe and see you soon.