Located in prime bushveld north west of Thabazimbi, Thaba Tholo covers a flat plain with little topographic variation – conditions ideal for wildlife. And ideal for some of the most prized game in Africa which thrive under the dedication of the people of Thaba Tholo.
At Thaba Tholo the conservation of all species is actively promoted, particularly those that are endangered. Genetic diversity is safeguarded and enhanced by accommodating large, yet sustainable numbers of each species, the scientific measurement of the genetics of key species, as well as the selective breeding of rare game. At the same time, game numbers are managed through live capture and limited hunting. And Science goes hand in hand with Nature. Free-roaming predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, caracal and other species, contribute to the natural selection process – thus ensuring the development of tough and vibrant animal populations, naturally adapted to withstand predation and disease.
The people of Thaba Tholo understand that the land makes the animal. The sweet grasses of this bushveld do not always occur by chance. Different grasses are grown for different species on adjacent farmland, which is also produced to supply winter feed. Natural methods are used to encourage grazing rotation and to keep bush encroachment under control. All resulting in wildlife of prime quality, adapted for co-existence with predators in a large area. At the same time, the employees and neighbouring communities benefit from the sustainable utilisation of Thaba Tholo’s wildlife. The return on investing in the future of Africa’s wildlife is manifested in opportunities for social advancement, through education, health, recreation and sport.