- 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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