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Fauna and Flora

Although the many old buildings with national museum status in the town of Utrecht give the impression of a hamlet steeped in history, it's surroundings are also lovely because the town is encompass by game parks and wonderful nature scenes. The ambiance of Africa in days long ago, together with some game such as impala roaming some areas during the early mornings, are exceptionally beautiful.

The total game park areas cover about 2500 ha and this territory is home to large varieties of plants and typical African wildlife. An excellent biodiversity is found in both animal and plant life.

Bird watching is a joy in these parts. Grassland varies tremendously, from thickets, dense Acacia woodlands, to open grass plateaus and vleis. The large aloe with it's hot red and orange flowers and huge indigenous fig trees can be seen in areas. With over 260 species of birds calling this area their home, you can expect to see many bird species such as kingfishers, robins, black throated canaries, flycatchers and various types of eagles. Places such as Groenvlei wetlands and the Bivane Wetland Reserve houses a wide variety of birds in their wonderful bird friendly habitats.

In the Utrecht Town Dam fish such as Natal Scaly (Yellow fish), Carp, Black Bass and Barbell are found.


Game include many species including warthogs, bushbuck, brindled gnu, mountain reedbuck, blesbuck, njala (Tragelaphus angasii), giraffe, red hartebeest, Burchell’s zebra, impala, waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), the wonderfully exotic kudu, the genet, small and shy grey duiker, the elegant little steen buck, the stately eland (Taurotragus oryx) and many more. Some leopards, serval and caracal are also seen from time to time. The Balele Conservancy also has monkeys and baboons as well as many antelope types.

Burgers Mountain Pass and Knight’s Hill Pass are wonderfully scenic and all types of accommodations from rustic tents, caravan camping, chalets, wooden cottages to upscale lodges and retreats are available in and around Utrecht and surrounds. Hiking, game drives, pony cart rides, cycling, bird watching, swimming, squash, tennis, bowls, horse riding, picnicking, golfing and lots more are there just for visitors to enjoy.

 

 

 

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