Thaba Tholo is a 36,000 hectare game farm situated in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The farm was created in 1990 through the consolidation of game and cattle farms, into which the big five and other rare species were reintroduced. A separate farming operation was also started along the banks of the Crocodile River, which involves the intensive breeding of rare species, as well as the production of animal feed.
Thaba Tholo is committed to the conservation of all species, especially those that are endangered. Genetic diversity is safeguarded and enhanced by accommodating large, yet sustainable numbers of each species along with the selective breeding and genetic monitoring of its rare game.
Game numbers are managed through live capture and limited hunting. 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.
Natural methods are used to encourage grazing rotation and to keep bush encroachment under control. Different grasses are grown for different species on adjacent farmland, which are also used to supplement feed in winter.
Thaba Tholo sells the majority of its excess game at an annual auction and prides itself on its long history of selling quality animals to satisfied customers.