The only reserve in South Africa where you can view breeding programs of Roan, Sable, Buffalo, Royal Oryx, Golden Oryx, Golden Gnu, Black Impala, Tsessebe and Livingstone Eland together on the same property. Dr Johan Kriek, wildlife veterinarian and owner along with the rest of the family, has been in the wildlife industry since the early 1980’s and their passion for conservation is infectious. The farm was bought in 1991 and developed as a conservation area for rare antelope species and it was only in 2006 that Mattanu opened its doors to the public as an eco tourism destination supporting sustainable utilisation through hunting as well .
The Kriek family realise that without sustainable utilisation of the species in Africa, numbers will decline as it will not be economically viable to run a reserve purely just for breeding and tourism activities. Thus, older animals are moved to a separate free roaming area where they are selectively hunted by clients on a fair chase basis to control numbers and use the income and meat as a much-needed source of foreign exchange and communal food security respectively.
Although controversial for some it has been proven as the most effective way to save species from extinction and control poaching. These unique factors contributed to the numerous accommodation, service and wine list awards Mattanu has received over the last 10 years.