Tussen Die Riviere Nature Reserve
Tussen-die-Riviere Nature Reserve
The 22 000 ha Tussen-die-Riviere Nature Reserve and Game Park is situated east of the town of Bethulie on the Gariep Dam, between the Caledon and Orange Rivers as they flow toward the dam.
Large herds of game can be found here, their great numbers both controlled and supported by commercial hunting culls during winter months from May to August, when the Reserve is closed to the general public.
The hunting season is from March 1 – November 15. During this period the reserve is restricted to hunters. Outside this period it is open to sightseers.
You can expect to see buffalo, eland, rhino, steenbok, impala, reedbuck, gemsbok, wildebeest, kudu, zebra and warthog among other species. Since the reserve was developed for hunting, there are no large predators among the populations of game and smaller predators such as jackal.
Wildlife enthusiasts have almost 120km of dirt road routes to explore the reserve. The roads are good, and you don’t need a 4×4, and the routes offer a variety of scenery and wildlife.
Tussen-die-Riviere is also a popular birding area, and supports populations of water-birds, fish eagles, black eagles, the magnificent secretary bird in the grasslands as well as a variety of species in the bush and on the stone koppies that dot the park.
Other features of Tussen-die-Riviere Reserve include rock art, lush grassland and green gorge vegetation thanks to the bordering rivers.
The reserve is also not privately owned as commonly stated. It is run by Free State Nature Conservation for the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
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The Eland, an ox-like antelope, is the largest in the world.
The Buffalo is one of the big five and are considered to be one of the most dangerous species to hunt.
Kudu males grow long, spiral horns that can reach up to 1,8 m in length. Their horns reach full length at the age of six years old, and males are significantly larger than females.
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A historic family home nestled in the grassy Karoo surroundings and not too distant hilly mountains.