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Crystal Hike at Rooiberg Wild

Wandering around in the Klein Karoo, you might notice exquisite, shiny white rocks that stand out from the rest of the surrounding terrain. Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to partake in Crystal Hunting, a nostalgic experience to enjoy as they explore the farm.

While hiking Leopards Gorge, crystals can be found mounted inside the rocks or in the river bed, waiting patiently to be discovered. Once you have found your first crystal, the experience of the hunt can become quite addictive and before you know it, you have embarked on an epic expedition to discover more of this hidden natural “treasure”.

Some people believe that these crystals amplify energy by absorbing, storing, releasing, and regulating it. It’s also said to aid concentration and memory. Physically, clear crystals are claimed to help stimulate the immune system and balance out your entire body. Whatever you believe, one thing is certain – they are amazing to behold.

Book your adventure at Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve today, and see what you can discover in the beautiful Klein Karoo.

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Rooiberg Wild Hiking & 4×4 Trails

Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve features a picturesque terrain that you can experience from the comfort of your 4×4 or in your walking shoes.

There are four breathtaking hiking trails on which you can take in the natural beauty of the indigenous fauna and flora. We cater for all levels of fitness; some of our routes are for everyone, while others are geared more towards experienced hikers. For the adventure junkies, our thrilling 4×4 routes offer a scenic experience with some adrenalin-inducing dips and turns here and there.

With incredible trails to explore, we guarantee that you will have an unforgettable experience with us. Don’t forget to take a moment to breathe in the fresh Klein Karoo air while admiring the beautiful splendour Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve has on offer – either from your 4×4 or on foot.

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Chef Willem Kruger Shares His Passion

Rooiberg Wild’s Chef, Willem Kruger, is a man with an undeniable passion for cooking. To get to know Willem better, we asked him a couple of questions:

What inspired you to become a chef?

It all started in my mom`s kitchen. My mother’s kitchen always smelled like cinnamon and ginger. Those aromas are what sparked my love for cooking. My mother was my mentor and inspiration for becoming a chef.

What do you love about cooking?

Good food has always been an important value in our family. For us, cooking involves playing and using your imagination, it is an expression of artistry. When it comes to combining tastes and flavours, smells and shapes, colours and textures, you never know what new experience might be just around the corner. If the flavours of your food have the power to touch people’s emotions and awaken their memories, you’ve hit the jackpot.

While working in hotels and game lodges for many years you are exposed to many different ways of cooking and it just helps one grow as a chef. I love cooking with fresh herbs and vegetables.

What is it like working as the chef at Rooiberg Wild?

The first day I saw Rooiberg Wild restaurant I knew I had found my home. I knew it was the place where I could pour my heart and soul into my menu. I am fortunate to have my own herb and vegetable garden where I can take advantage of the fresh produce on hand. The other ingredients are more difficult to source, due to our small-town location, but I overcome this by buying what is in season and planning my menu around what is available and of good quality.

People always ask what my favourite dish is and then I reply, “all.”

Someone once called my menu “unstructured”, which I take as a compliment. I don’t strive for conventional so that suits me well.

The Karoo is well known for its lamb meat, so that is a regular on our menu. There is nothing like a Karoo lamb chop on an open fire, the taste is one you will never forget.

A word of advice for someone looking to become a chef.

The essence of being a good chef is being open to the opportunities presented by fresh and unexpected produce and having the creativity to know what to do with it.

Discover Rooiberg Wild on Platteland Toe

We’re thrilled to announce that Rooiberg Wild Private Game Reserve has been featured on the popular TV show Platteland Toe! This special episode takes viewers on an immersive journey into the heart of the Klein Karoo, showcasing the stunning landscapes, diverse wildlife, and unique experiences that make Rooiberg Wild a treasure trove for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Nestled in the shadow of the Rooiberg Mountains, our reserve is a sanctuary where the wild beauty of South Africa is preserved and celebrated. The episode beautifully captures the essence of Rooiberg Wild, from the majestic red hartebeest and elusive eland to the graceful giraffes and spirited springbok that roam our land.

As you watch the episode, you’ll be transported to our serene oasis, where the harmony of nature and the warmth of our hospitality converge to create unforgettable moments. It’s a glimpse into the daily wonders and seasonal spectacles that our guests experience, highlighting the passion and dedication that drives us to deliver exceptional experiences.

Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to the wonders of Rooiberg Wild, this episode of Platteland Toe is a must-watch. It’s an invitation to explore the wild, embrace the tranquility, and discover the adventures that await in the Klein Karoo.

So grab some popcorn, settle in, and click the link below to watch Rooiberg Wild featured on Platteland Toe. Let us share with you the story of our beloved reserve and inspire your next journey into the wild!