About

“The earth has music for those who listen.”William Shakespeare

Langkloof Game Farm is a 4500 hectare game farm situated in the pristine Waterberg region outside Bela Bela in Limpopo, South Africa and was born from one family’s love of animals and nature. Langkloof Game farm was originally purchased by Braam and Lilanie Viljoen in early 2000, the place we call home.

The farm underwent drastic rehabilitation and development throughout its crucial growing period in order to be the beautiful farm that it is now. In 2013 we started with the intensive breeding of exotic game and today we have free roaming buffalo, roans, golden wildebeest, golden oryx, yellow blesbok, and sables on the reserve.

Langkloof boasts with a wide variety of habitats and scenery. Perennial streams feed a number of dams on the reserve, providing an interesting wetland that attracts a variety of water birds.

Game is easily viewed on the wide-open savannah plains amidst the dense bush and rocky outcrops. On the northern side of the farm, a densely vegetated elephant-shaped mountain overlooks an endless panorama of mountains and valleys. Rocky ledges and beautiful seasonal waterfalls line the ridges of the mountain.

There are over 40 mammal species (large and small) to be found on the farm. These include giraffe, zebra, kudu, eland, waterbuck, blue wildebeest, buffalo, sable, gemsbok, bushbuck, blesbok, mountain reedbuck, red hartebeest, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, impala, bush pig, and warthog. Predators such as leopard, brown hyena, genet, civet, black-backed jackal, caracal, and African wildcat are occasionally sighted. The elusive aardvark, pangolin, and honey badger also occur in the area.

Langkloof also boasts a wonderful selection of over 200 bird species. These include raptors such as snake eagles, buzzards as well as numerous different kingfishers, hornbills, and sunbirds.

Our Team

Cornelis Van Rooyen
CEO

Cornelis is originally from the Lowveld, he holds a Btech in Game Farm Management. He previously worked as the farm manager for Farm Inn, and spent time at the Gauteng Department of Environmental affairs before spending 6 years at Thaba Tholo managing their breeding department. Cornelis joined the Langkloof team in mid-2017 as our CEO.

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Karin Louw
Administration

Karin grew up and attended school in the Sabie region. After school she started work at an auditing firm and has been practicing in administration and book keeping ever since then. She worked in the mining industry for 11 years. Karin now heads up the administration and book keeping at Langkloof Game Farm.

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Frank Louw
Maintenance and projects

Frank grew up and attended school in the Sabie region. After school he qualified as a weapons mechanic. Frank ran his own business where he repaired a variety of small machines such as lawnmowers, slashers, and power boosters. He also spent time in the mining industry. Frank can fix anything, and he always has a plan!

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Clive Hyde
Animals

Clive is originally from Kwa-Zulu Natal and is the manager of our Animal Department. This involves the management, marketing, and everything in between regarding our wildlife and livestock breeding. He holds a Btech in Nature Conservation. Clive did his practical years at Kwandwe Private Game reserve, and also spent time working for the Wilderness Foundation. He decided to move to the Bushveld to improve on his Afrikaans.

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Elbert Mattysen
Animal mangement

Elbert was born and raised in Kakamas in the Northern Cape; it is on a cattle farm where he developed his love for farming and agriculture. In 2012 he moved to the Free State. Elbert matriculated in 2015 from the Hoër Landbouskool Jacobsdal. He joined the Langkloof team in September 2017. Elbert finished his qualification on his own as a Professional Hunter during 2019.

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The full team