Why Kamerkloof ?
Conservation minded and genuine stewardship - to preserve and protect
One important aspect of Kamerkloof is to manage the property such that it will maintain and enhance its biodiversity. For thousands of years this land has been managed. Hunted for food; burned - incidentally or deliberately; timbered for wood; grazed by livestock; manipulated by man. These conservation efforts continue under the management of the Kamerkloof team even in many areas which are rarely visited, such as conservation areas, nature preserves and trails, Management goals vary depending on specific habitats and the species which live there. Our goals are simple: to maximise the biodiversity of this beautiful and unique landscape. Kamerkloof is dedicated to ensuring the longevity of our business for generations to come by responsibly managing our impact on the environment and community. While biodiversity conservation is promoted so too are sustainable farming practices and land restoration projects. As such, farming and conservation work hand in hand. Kamerkloof encourages community lifestyles compatible with environmental sustainability. Endangered plants and animals are protected. Kamerkloof is committed to protecting predators with particular focus on the endangered Cape mountain leopard.
Kamerkloof is a living farm and part of a greater network
Living landscapes exhibit a variety of healthy ecosystems and land uses and are home to ecological, agricultural and social systems which are managed in such a way that they function sustainably. This ensures that natural and cultural resources are available for future generations. To be able to create living landscapes, Kamerkloof believes it is crucial to develop and create locally driven learning networks which facilitate experience and knowledge exchange, trust building, mutual understanding, collaboration and compassion.Throughout the years, Kamerkloof has continued to research and implement sustainable management solutions to improve the performance of the farming activities, protection of the environment and better the livelihoods of the local community. Kamerkloof's vision is to implement conservation principles that work hand in hand with sustainable agricultural practices and land restoration initiatives. Kamerkloof removed their livestock from the veld over twenty years ago. Kamerkloof continues to protect areas on the farm and have three beautiful untouched kloofs/slot canyons on the property. Kamerkloof currently carries out mixed farming, and doesn't just focus on olive production. Their enterprise includes small scale sheep farming, eco-tourism, land restoration, and is especially interested in social participation. In the Baviaanskloof, olives groves are situated in the bottomlands where the soils are deepest. Kamerkloof is the first farm in the history of the Baviaanskloof to start with olive farming. Kamerkloof planted 5000 trees (seven different cultivars) from 1998.
Kamerkloof's location in the Baviaanskloof Hartland is a jewel
Our location is unique: a secluded olive farm encircled by old mountains and unspoiled scenery in the surrounds of an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kamerkloof overlooks a magnificent slot canyon, an imposing feature that dominates the landscape of the Studtis Community and that can be seen from almost every corner of farm.For those interested in nature and discovery, we offer bird watching, historical hiking trails and tours of the olive orchards and cultural sites. For those looking for healing and wellness, Kamerkloof has many peaceful and quiet areas to relax and reenergize. Kamerkloof is ideally located near a few very well-known 4X4 trails in the Baviaanskloof. Kamerkloof highly recommends these 4X4 trails which are also well known within the 4x4 community. The start of these recommended trails are a fifteen minute drive from Kamerkloof. Kamerkloof is a place of nature where life moves at a slower pace to allow time to rekindle old relationships and to start new ones. Kamerkloof is an authentic Baviaanskloof journey, a property that reflects its location and respects the ecological balance of one of the most beautiful places on earth. Kamerkloof is the ideal place to mount trips to the Baviaanskloof Reserve or a place of rest to break the journey.