Rogge Cloof Conservation Blog
This blog will highlight our journey as we continue to establish Rogge Cloof, restoring it to its natural state and creating a paradise of the animals that now call it home. Keep watching this space!
The original section of the Rogge Cloof Reserve, was established by European settler Joachim Scholtz in 1756. Settled in a ravine in the beautiful region known as the Roggeveld, for many generations, the land was used to raise sheep. The land was abounding with game, and the ravines and waterways were lined with nutritious Roggeveld Rye Grass. Such was the abundance in this area that the prevailing sense at the time was that the natural resources would never run out. Little thought was given, for lack of research at the time, to the long-term effects of overgrazing… and so things continued as they did for the next 200+ years.
In the year 1991, the current owners bought Rogge Cloof, that very same piece of land that Joachim Scholtz established into a farm all those years ago. It is a small section of what is now the Rogge Cloof Reserve, but in buying that first piece, so they also sowed the seeds of change.
Removing the stock fences and livestock, replacing them with game, the change began to take place. Over many years the land was nurtured, and it began to return to nature, with man and wilderness in harmony, once again.
The owners, with their endless enthusiasm and passion, born of childhoods spent climbing and exploring the valleys and plains, hope to leave a legacy to future generations visiting this area.
Posted on Thu January 4, 2018 in Rogge Cloof Conservation Blog
Cleaning up the old fencing and poles from the veld
Posted on Wed December 27, 2017 in Rogge Cloof Conservation Blog
Supplementary Feeding in times of drought
Posted on Fri December 15, 2017 in Rogge Cloof Conservation Blog
A blog highlighting our journey as we continue to establish Rogge Cloof, restoring it to its natural state and creating a paradise of the animals that now call it home. Keep watching this space!