Buffalo Kloof Private Game Reserve

Buffalo Kloof is situated 40km south of the Great Fish River in the Southwell Valley in the heart of heartwater country. The farm, owned by Warne Rippon, has been breeding game since 2005. It is home to the source of the Kowie River and the legendary ‘Big 4’ game species (elephant, rhino, leopard and Cape buffalo). As such, we are truly committed to ‘pulling our weight’ in the conservation of keystone species.

Gold Class Conservation

In recognition of our consistent efforts to achieve holistic

and innovative game and land stewardship and management, Buffalo Kloof has

received multiple awards. This includes the prestigious Mangold trophy for the

best conserved and utilised farm in 2017. 


Furthermore, in November 2019, Buffalo Kloof

received the ‘Eastern Cape Conservation Rancher of the Year’ and the ‘Eastern

Cape Wildlife Rancher of the Year – overall winner’ awards from the National

Wildlife Ranching Organisation (WRSA).


As part of Buffalo Kloof’s efforts to continuously ‘push the boundaries’ in conservation, it is proudly custodian to black rhino through conservation-within-the-community partnerships. This project is a joint venture between the East Cape Parks and Tourism Agency private and communal landowners, facilitated by WWF’s Black Rhino Range Expansion Project. The primary focus thereof is to protect the critically endangered black rhino and assist in creating sustainable new breeding populations.


A diverse vegetation of open grassland and thick Eastern Cape riverine bushveld allows for the breeding of a diverse range of game. This includes buffalo, southern roan, sable, black impala, golden wildebeest and bontebok. The buffalo herd gene pool predominantly originates from the top renowned clean Addo buffalo breeding cows.


Preparations for the Signature Wildlife 2020 auction are well underway. 

We are excited to showcase our best genetics. 

Buffalo Kloof Gallery

Contact Us

  • Buffalo Kloof Private Game Reserve, Southwell Road, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape
  • wendy@steelrode.co.za | thelma@steelrode.co.za
  • +27 71 659 3475
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