Welcome to Eldorado Wildlife

Eldorado overlooks the spectacular Hex River Valley, a sea of rusty colours in autumn and a lush green during the growing months, thanks to hundreds of hectares of export-grade table grape vineyards down in the valley. The Eldorado homestead is both snug refuge against winter storms and cool abode during hot summers, its raised construction giving unobstructed views of the Hex River Valley. This view, complemented by the complete quiet, defines one's stay – a sense of content, of understated luxury, and of a natural tendency to make time slow down. The living area opens onto a spacious deck equipped with jacuzzi and braai facilities. From here, you can watch the animals forage or drink at the water hole. Upstairs, the large, luxurious rooms allow you to retreat into pampered bliss thanks to large bathing tubs and showers. A den next door is equipped with a fireplace and serves as a reading room, games room or an area for larger groups to simply relax. At over 1 300m above sea level, Eldorado is remote in every sense of the word. It necessitates a certain degree of self-sufficiency, particularly of power requirements. Solar panels drive battery banks, which in turn power all automated gates, water pumps and essential lighting and cooling requirements. A backup generator boosts charging on days when the area is enveloped in cloud. Eldorado is dependent on several boreholes pumping water to holding containers at the top of the mountain. These supply the required gravity-fed pressure down to the lodge and to animal feeding stations. A large store next to the main house and a double garage at the main gate serve as storage units. Eldorado's steep north facing location is part of the catchment area feeding into the Hex River. The mean annual precipitation for the area is 761 mm and in winter, snow frequently occurs on the 1 500m plateau. The north-facing Hex River mountain slopes support a high incidence of succulent species, part of the Mountain Fynbos and Central Mountain Renosterveld vegetation groups. Blue wildebeest, red wildebeest, gemsbok, eland, zebra and springbok freely roam the area. The animals were settled here to return the grounds to its original, pristine state and through their grazing of particular plant species, to keep a natural floral balance in the veld. Game numbers are tightly controlled to avoid overgrazing. A few alpacas were recently introduced to Eldorado. Some 369 vegetation units occur here, most of these critical components of the Little Karoo environment. As the area lies at the transition from Renosterveld to Fynbos, plant communities consist of a mix of Renosterveld and Succulent Karoo biomes.

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