Ecology

At 1 431 m above sea level (at the highest point, the homestead  is at ± 1 200 m ) it is the highest inhabited farm in the Western Cape. This is more than a hundred meters higher than Table Mountain. It offers visitors some unique climatic conditions for unforgettable experiences during all four seasons.

The farm at Kopbeenskloof nestles between the Krakkadouw and Waboom Mountains offering the unique risings and valleys for you to take panoramic pictures (and happy memories) home.  They also create great silhouettes for your sunset photographs or a dramatic backdrop when nature’s palette creates a great shadowy scene using the sun, clouds, foliage and rocky surfaces.  The mountains are also a diverse source of natural sandstone adorning fashionable architectural surfaces.

A visit to Kopbeenskloof is sure to overwhelm you with the rich diversity of flora.  Three distinct biomes can be seen:

1.       Karoo or rhinoceros veld (Afrikaans: Renosterbos) — typically between 600 to 1 000 m above sea level

2.       Cape fynbos — typically above 1 000 m, with heather (Afrikaans: heide) and erica’s (Afrikaans: erika) very prominent

3.       Proteas — of which you’ll find as many as 11 species on the farm.  Amongst the sandstone mountainous slopes you’ll also find many species of Karoo succulents.

Ample reason to return for more as the vista changes with the season, and you certainly don’t have to be a botanist to enjoy the beauty (if you are though, you’ll be equally delighted).  The indigenous vegetation and scenery is the main attraction for visitors, together with a topography where you can even experience the occasional snow fall close-up (so come prepared with extra warm clothing, when you also pack your binoculars, camera, hat and suitable footwear for your activity).

The farm supports a variety of game which includes the following mammals:

  • Leopard (Afrikaans: Luiperd)
  • Caracal (Afrikaans: Rooikat)
  • Jackal, several species (Afrikaans: Jakkals)
  • Sable Antelope (Afrikaans: Gemsbok)
  • Springbuck gazelle (Afrikaans: Springbok)
  • Grey Rhebuck (Afrikaans: Vaal Ribbok)
  • Blesbuck (Afrikaans: Blesbok)
  • Steenbuck (Afrikaans: Steenbok)
  • Duiker
  • Klipspringer
Birding at Kopbeenskloof can be very rewarding because of the rich bird life.  Look out for:

  • Countless types of sunbirds and sugarbirds due to the fynbos variety
  • Black Eagle (Afrikaans: Witkruisarend)
  • Rock Kestrel (Afrikaans: Rooivalk)
  • Blue Crane (Afrikaans: Bloukraanvoël)
  • Karoo Korhaan (Afrikaans: Vaalkorhaan)
  • Cape Eagle Owl (Afrikaans: Kaapse Ooruil)
  • Secretary Bird (Afrikaans: Sekretarisvoël)
  • Raven (Afrikaans: Kraai)
  • Ostrich (Afrikaans: Volstruis)
  • Grey Heron (Afrikaans: Bloureier)
  • Cattle Egret (Afrikaans: Bosluisvoël)
  • Hadeda Ibis (Afrikaans: Hadida)
  • Sacred Ibis (Afrikaans: Skoorsteenveër)
  • Egyptian Goose (Afrikaans: Kolgans)