The estate is well supplied with plains game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu, nyala, impala, duiker, waterbuck and warthog. Smaller animals and birds are also abundant. The estate is dissected by the seasonal Ulanetsi River (a tributary of the Olifants River) and has 2 dams.Alhough the estate is situated just outside the small town of Hoedspruit, the town offers all the amenities that afford a comfortable life in the bush, including Spar, Pick ‘n Pay, banks, restaurants and schools- most notably, Southern Cross Schools which is a nature based school situated in Raptors View Wildlife Estate.
GAME MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION
Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate is not a “Big 5” estate but rather contains a variety of plains game which are not dangerous to people. This means that homeowners are free to walk or cycle on the estate which allows a more personal experience in the bush.
There is an estate manager who is in charge of the daily running of the estate which includes infrastructure such as roads, security, and water and wildlife management.
Wildlife numbers are monitored as well as the impact of people living in the estate. There are a number of predators that come and go on the estate including leopard and wild dog. The odd lion has been spotted on the estate but these animals tend to be low in numbers and keep to themselves.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate has a comprehensive list of rules and regulations to ensure that the estate is run effectively and efficiently and to ensure that homeowners have a clear understanding as to what is expected and/ or acceptable.
Architectural guidelines are in place to ensure that the estate is in keeping with the bushveld “theme” and that houses and lodges blend in to the environment. Some leeway is allowed which is not the case on other estates like Raptors View Wildlife Estate. An example would be that both tile and thatch roofs are allowed in Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate while this is not the case in Raptors View.
Other rules are there to ensure minimal impact to the environment as well as provide a safe and suitable environment for the fauna and flora.
All owners who purchase in Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate need to become members of the Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, Home Owner’s Association. Not only does each owner own a full title stand, they also own a share in the remainder of the wildlife estate through their membership in the Home owner’s association. The Home Owner’s Association is self managing and owns the common land of Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate by means of a section 21 company.
The home owner’s association holds annual general meetings and nominates directors to manage the home owners.