Cloof Wine Estate

Cloof Wine Estate

Eco-Agriculture/Permaculture

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Cloof and Burgherspost contribute to the conservation of two important veld types: Swartland
Granite Bulb Veld and Atlantis Sand Fynbos, both very endangered. In our diversified farming system,
we set the conservation example for the wine industry.

The Darling region is well known for its beautiful spring flowers. Yet, year-round there is much
to appreciate at Cloof and Burgherspost. Our large game camp is stocked with locally indigenous
animals and offers a pleasing and educational escape from city life.

We have partnered with CapeNature and proclaimed our natural reserves as a Voluntary Conservation Site with their Stewardship program and pledged to manage the veld in accordance to their conservation laws and ethics.

Since 2006, we’ve been reintroducing locally indigenous wildlife into the reserve including Eland, Bontebok, Zebra, Red Hartebees, Gemsbok and Springbok. Animals which were already there includes Grey Rhebuck, Grysbok, Duiker, Steenbok and several smaller predators such as Caracal, African wild cat, Honey Badger, the elusive Cape fox, bat-eared fox, yellow mongoose, striped polecat and Cape clawless otter for a thriving ecosystem..

Also occurring naturally is a variety of birds, reptiles and amphibians which are now protected from man's excesses. Some of the endangered or protected species include blue cranes, secretary birds, black harriers and two tortoise species (i.e. angulate tortoise or 'rooipensskilpad' and the parrot-beaked tortoise). The critically endangered geometric toroise used to occur in the area, but has become extinct since the 90's.Happily, we are now working with CapeNature to restock the reserve.

+27 (0)22 492 2839

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