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Natural Enviroment

Cathkin Estates with its high biodiversity is controlled by a detailed Environmental Management Plan (EMP) to protect our rich natural heritage. Gappy Smythe, the Estate Manager is passionate about maintaining a balanced eco system and his decades of service with the Natal Parks Board bring invaluable expertise ensuring the environmental sustainability of the estate.

The development was designed to be energy efficient and water sensitive while homes are planned as attractive, yet unobtrusive, free standing units.

The reserve is home to an abundance of indigenous game species including Blesbuck, Reedbuck, Eland, Black Wildebeest, Mountain Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest, Buckbuck and Duiker. It has also been proclaimed an Oribi sanctuary by the Endangered Wildlife Trust and is a safe haven for these rare antelope. Apart from the numerous mammals resident on the estate, Cathkin Estates also boasts tremendous bird life with over 100 recorded species varying from the great raptors of sky to the vulnerable ground hornbill.

This grassland biome is one of Southern Africa’s most endangered habitats with less than one percent of the grasslands officially protected. This delicate eco region is threatened by fires, soil erosion, overgrazing and the encroachment of exotic trees, like the Black Wattle and Blue Gum.

Explore the vast reserve on foot or a mountain bike and share those special moments with your loved ones, whether it’s swimming in a clear mountain stream or casting a line over the dam in pursuit of that elusive trout.

The uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site was awarded heritage status in three categories – for archaeology, vegetation and geology with only seven other sites in the world sharing this accolade it is a privilege to neighbour this protected site.

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R600 Central Drakensberg
PO BOX 610 Winterton 3010

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