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
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