Erin Game Ranch

Background and size

In 1999 Erin Game Ranch was one of 6 farms awarded to the ‡Komani San community in compensation for land lost during colonisation. Today, Erin is a game-fenced farm of approximately 6,000 ha managed for the benefit of the community. Erin was previously managed as a commercial game ranch prior to handover, and now the community’s objective is to run Erin as a “Prestige” game ranch, offering the tourist unique experiences with capable Bushman trackers guides and cultural experts, in a typical and rustic Kalahari landscape.

Vision:

A model, prestige Kalahari game range that is sustainably developed and manage for traditional and ecotourism purposes for the benefit of the community, affording people the opportunity pursue meaningful livelihoods and income generating opportunities whilst ensuring the maintenance of traditional knowledge and values.

Location:

Erin Game Ranch lies some 60 km to the south of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, near Andriesvale. The farm is some 180 km west of Upington on the R360, which is a good tar road leading to the Namibian border at Rietfontein 75 km from Erin, and 5 km from the Botswana border.

GPS coordinates of Erin:

S: 26.96478°
E: 20.67042°

Climate:

The Kalahari system can be described as an arid to semi-arid area. The rainfall pattern is spatially and temporally unpredictable and highly erratic. Most rainfall is recorded in the summer.

Vegetation:

Generally the vegetation of the sandy soils is an open shrub to tree savannah.

Certificate of Adequate Enclosure:

The farm is fully game fenced and satisfies the requirements for a Certificate of Adequate Enclosure issued by Northern Cape Department of Nature Conservation for all typical Kalahari Species.

Airstrip:

We have an ideally situated airstrip at Kopan, on one of our other farms. This is a dry pan with a landing strip of about 3km. Ten seater planes land with ease at Kopan.

S: 26.91043°
E: 20.60440°
Elevation- 839 m

Tented camp:

We have a luxury tented camp between the red dunes with a fully equipped gas kitchen, braai facility and tidy ablution blocks with hot water. The camp has 6 luxury chalet tents that can host a total of 12 people. Camp assistants are available for the duration of your stay and also firewood.

Basic Rustic Camp:

We also have a basic rustic camp between the red dunes. You can bring your own tents, up to 8 tents or you can hire tents from us. This is no hot water available at this camp and we only have a traditional toilet system. Firewood can be supply.

There are grocery and beverage shops in a 15 km radius from Erin.

Well adapted Game species at Erin:

  • Oryx
  • Famous Kalahari Springbok
  • Red hartebeest
  • Blue wildebeest
  • Steenbok
  • Camels
  • Giraffe
  • Zebra
  • Ostrich
  • Eland

Activities available at Erin:

We offer the following activities.

  • 4×4 drives (forthcoming)
  • Cultural dances
  • Game viewings (forthcoming)
  • Guided walking and tracking
  • Sun downers
  • Meerkat photo shooting bomas (forthcoming)
  • Bird watching
  • Arts and crafts stalls
  • Vulture breeding sites

Contact details:

Telephone: +27 87 285 4299
Cell: +27 84 943 2722
Email: bookings@khomanisan.com

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