At Hillcrest Game Estates we aim to reduce environmental risks and ecological scarcities by implementing an integrated strategy for an economically sustainable farming unit. This approach is best-proven to preserve the natural environment, whilst also uplifting disadvantaged local communities within the Wolmaransstad region.
Hillcrest is completely solar-power dependent, including the main lodge which provides accommodation for 12 people.
The solar-generated power is used to ‘electrify’ the 25km-long outer security fence. Solar also gives power to several submersible water pumps scattered throughout the farm. All of Hillcrest’s 52 gates which are fully remote-controlled, are also entirely powered by solar-power panels located at each of the gates.
Geographically, Hillcrest is situated in a water scarce region of the North West Province (of South Africa). On the farm, water is recycled. All excess water from reservoirs is naturally diverted to dams where bird- and game-viewing outlook-posts have been built. For more, see Wise Water Management at Hillcrest Game Estates.
Camps have been planned and laid out in such a way so as to minimise unnatural disturbances to the local ecology and wildlife eco-systems of the region.
Hillcrest is actively involved with initiatives led by Agri Northwest. Once such initiative involves the removal of invasive plants. Another involves the destroyal of ant heaps. These two ongoing projects remain high on Hillcrest’s green economy agenda. Dedicated employees attend to these and several other projects on a daily basis.
As part of our integrated sustainable development programme, intensive veld management and independent auditing of grazing conditions is frequently undertaken. General grazing conditions are improved by planting a mixture of grass seeds in conjunction with the regular relocation of feeding facilities.
At any given point in time, Hillcrest is able to call on six firefighting units which remain on immediate standby to help fight bush-fires on the farm. Our employees undergo regular training on firefighting techniques and the maintenance and operating of firefighting equipment. To ensure the absolute fastest of reaction times, various water-refilling points have been established.
Fire-breaks have been made on both sides of the perimeter and internal fences. In the event of a fire, these fire-breaks (i.e. graded roads) ensure rapid deployment of our fire-fighting teams. They also act as a reliable barrier to constrain the spreading of fires to other camps.
Being in a water scarce area, water is recycled and all excess water from reservoirs is naturally diverted to dams where outlook posts are erected for bird and game viewing.
Camps have been planned to minimise the disturbance of nature and wildlife.
As a result of our involvement with Agri North West, removal of invasive plants and destruction of ant heaps is high on our agenda, with dedicated employees attending to this on a daily basis.
As part of our integrated sustainable development programme, intensive veld management and independent auditing of grazing conditions is undertaken. General grazing is improved by planting a mixture of grass seeds in conjunction with the regular relocation of feeding facilities.
We have six firefighting units on standby at any given point in time. Our employees undergo regular training on firefighting techniques and the maintenance and operating of firefighting equipment. Various water refilling points have been established to ensure fast reaction time.
Fire breaks have been made on both sides of the perimeter and internal fences. These graded roads ensure rapid deployment in the event of a fire and also act as a barrier to restrict the spreading of fires.