About Andante Game Farm
Andanté Game Farm is situated in the beautiful Waterberg Bushveld. Originally the entire area around Andanté Game Farm was one large farm known as Rietvally. Although the size of Rietvally is undetermined, many believe it to have been around 4000 hectares. Between 1996 and 1998 Rietvally was divided into several smaller farms of about 200 hectares each, of which Andanté Game Farm is one.
Andanté Game Farm has a variety of grasses and vegetation and includes sweet grass, sour grass, a large variety of trees and wetland areas. It is one of the most water-rich farms in the area and boreholes on the farm can provide more than 300 000 litres of water daily. There is a fairly large natural fountain as well as two smaller natural fountains (these two are ironically close to the ‘desert’ area).
When driving around the farm, it is interesting to see how the vegetation changes from one area to the next – from ‘forest-like’ areas to grass and thorn-tree areas, then wetland areas through to the very sparse vegetation of the ‘desert’.
History of the Waterberg Region
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More about Andante Game Farm
This area is known as the desert because of the dry clay-like ground. The original owner of the bigger farm Rietvally, the late Mr LJ van der Merwe, used the farm for grazing for his cattle from 1948 to 1994 and referred to this part of the farm as the “brakkolle”. His great-grandfather, Mr JF van der Merwe (known as Oupa Kotie), owned the farm in the late 1800s and used the existing farm for winter grazing due to the abundance of water as a result of the natural underground fountain. It even withstood the severe drought of 1933.
There are still many thorn trees in the desert area but the grass coverage is sparse. The rest of the farm is covered in lush vegetation and includes a ‘wetland’ area. Because this is one of the most water-rich farms in the area, many bird species make Andanté Game Farm their home.
There is also a six-hectare open ‘veld’, which seems to be the “meeting place” of most of the species of buck in the late afternoon. The blue wildebeest, kudu, zebras, impalas and blesbok (and occasionally nyalas) can be seen lazily walking around and grazing on the lush grass on this open field as the sunsets.