The Wilge River forms the eastern boundary of Bohlokwa and cuts its way through the rugged red sandstone cliffs of the property, forming gorges. The Wilge River separates Telperion and Bohlokwa, two adjoining properties. The grasslands on the property consist of gently rolling hills that appear soft and green in summer, changing to a dry tawny colour after the first Highveld frosts.
Just two hours outside Johannesburg and one hour’s drive from Pretoria). The reserve property is situated on 2 500ha+ of unspoilt Highveld grassland, with rocky outcrops and spectacular wetlands.
The characteristic red colouring of the rock indicates a high concentration of iron, which attracts lightning during thunderstorms, some strikes being so severe that they have smashed large rocks to pieces. Supplementing the strongly flowing waters of the Wilge River, are numerous springs and small streams which feed rich peatlands and wetlands, this constant supply of water having attracted human habitation from the earliest of times. There are also iron smoldering sites on the property. Ecologically this is very important area as it contains representative species from both of its biomes, resulting in a hugely rich biological diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates.
Frost, fire and grazing maintain the dominance of grasses and prevent the establishment of trees. Geophytes are abundant with many of them have adapted to grow and flower after fire has passed through the grassland. Wildlife species feeding on grasses have adapted to the sour, leached grass species that occur in the area. During winter these sour grasses have a high fibre content and a low level of nutrients, making them unpalatable to many species. The microclimatic conditions prevailing on the north-facing slopes of hills are responsible for bushveld elements penetrating quite far south into the Bankenveld. Here soils are generally poor and sour, resulting in grassland that is of low grazing potential in winter and known as sourveld.
The veld is however particularly rich in non-grassy herbs and forbs, which contribute considerably to the wealth of plant species. Extreme temperatures are experienced, with minimum winter temperatures falling way below zero, resulting in the majority of plant species either dying or remaining dormant until spring, while summer maximums can be excessively hot.
The property offers a diverse array of wildlife, including Leopard. Bohlokwa is considered one of the best places to see plains game, with fantastic sightings of Kudu, Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Springbok, Warthogs and Eland. Brown Hyena, Serval, Caracal, Honey Badger and Black-backed Jackal are more secretive and only seen in the early morning or late afternoons. The variety of game roaming the vast open plains is staggering.
The Wilge River offers a variety of fish species, which include Large and Small Scale Yellow fish, Canary Kurper, Vlei Kurper and Sharp-toothed Catfish.
Reptiles and amphibians enjoy protection in the reserve, including the Giant Bull Frog, Striped Stream Frog, Natal Sand Frog and Red Toad, as well as snakes such as the Egg Eater, Tiger Snake, Puff Adder and African Rock Python. Countless other species exist: Striped Skink, Rock Agama, Rock and Water Monitors, Geckos, Leopard Tortoise and Marsh Terrapin. Summer nights are alive with the sound of Striped Stream Frogs and Natal Sand Frogs.
If you are looking for an exclusive and undisturbed experience with nature? Bohlokwa is the place to go, one visit that you won’t regret.
There is a variety of self-catering accommodation facilities available on the property. These include two thatch houses, Tholo and Bambanani, each with two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens and braai facilities. Bambanani can accommodate four adults, with an additional two sleeper couches, and is situated approximately 500 m from Tholo house,which can accommodate a further four people. Bohlokwa is an ideal destination for a relaxing and enjoying nature in absolute tranquility.
Bohlokwa offers range of activities to enjoy with family and friends, including self-guided nature walks and mountain biking. The property has it all if nature is your passion, spectacular views, unrivalled game viewing, and wonderful bird watching opportunities. The real beauty of Bohlokwa is that visitors can walk and experience nature first hand.
Bohlokwa is a place of many generations’ home. The middle stone edge hunter-gatherer (forage) people who lived here for many decays. San, black and white. Parts of Bohlokwa were previously used as agricultural land where crops, vegetable and fruit trees were produced. These have been rehabilitated over the years.
Since 1995 the property has been owned by the Oppenheimer family.