Reviews of Otterskloof Private Game Reserve


"Volkstad"

(South Africa) anonymous | 2 January 2015

"Stay was good. Good is the rooms and fresh linen and kitchen staff trying to accommodate you."


"Perfect stay"

(South Africa) Mrs Wolfaardt | 13 January 2015

"I had a perfect stay at Otterskloof. The place was beautiful and had a great atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were neat and comfortable. There were a lot of things for the kids to do and they really enjoyed themselves. The food was delicious! I can't wait to go back ag..."

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"I had a perfect stay at Otterskloof. The place was beautiful and had a great atmosphere. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The rooms were neat and comfortable. There were a lot of things for the kids to do and they really enjoyed themselves. The food was delicious! I can't wait to go back again."


"Game killing for fun"

(Netherlands) Stephan | 6 October 2015

"The description of the property lacks to mention this is a hunters' Disneyland.

Unfortunately we only discovered this while we stepped into the lodge where all the hunting trophies were displays along with photos of killing crocodiles, lions and even hippo.

Since we don't believe h..."

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"The description of the property lacks to mention this is a hunters' Disneyland.

Unfortunately we only discovered this while we stepped into the lodge where all the hunting trophies were displays along with photos of killing crocodiles, lions and even hippo.

Since we don't believe hunting is agreeable with wildlife preservation we cancelled our booking (losing our deposit) and went for other accommodation.

We hope rooms for africa adds the hunting activity in the main description or better... Remove this kind of establishments from their website entirely.

We left our reason for cancelling for the owner to respond, but we didn't get any reaction. Although we cancelled our booking too late we hope our deposit won't go to the owners but to donate it to https://www.savetherhino.org/support_us/donate/donate_now instead.

Est responded: Wed 2015/10/07 02:55 PM
Your mail below has reference.

The review below is unfortunate and we are sorry that we had unhappy customers leaving our establishment.

There are, however, a couple of mitigating circumstances (not forgetting that the customer is always right!):

1. Trophies on display:
The pictures as displayed on your website (as well as other websites) do depict the trophies on display clearly - a cursory glance at the pictures of the establishment by the customer would have prevented the incident.

2. Conservation:
With all the negative press regarding Hunting in Africa and Hunting in general, we would like to briefly summarise our view on this matter:
Hunting contributes to the conservation of animals, as the natural habitat for the animals we hunt is rapidly diminishing due to us humans' impact on the planet.We need to keep the population of animals in our reserve in tact to preserve these animals - hunting is the highest commercial (and in most cases, only commercial) value for these animals. Unfortunately, in the wilderness in Africa, animals have no other value than meat to the local population and once said animals are no longer bringing in an income, mostly through hunting, the land is converted to be used for agricultural purposes-and the animals are no longer required on the land, hence their demise.Therefore hunting, paradoxically it may seem, helps preserve these animals.

3. Rhino fund:
We have a growing population of Rhino on the reserve and are therefore actively managing and growing this resource - we do not publicise this fact, due to obvious reasons. We would therefore like to propose a donation to a local charity in Philippolis that teaches children life skills- we will provide a receipt to this effect.

As we are keen to stay on your website, we await your feedback as to the next steps to be taken.

Furthermore, we would like to change some of the information on your website and would like to know how we go about doing same.

Regards
ABEL ERASMUS
I responded accordingly to the est and also sent the est feedback to the client.

Est responded: Thu 2015/10/08 10:10 AM
You may send the feedback.

Regards
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"Otterskloof"

Cobus Fraser | 28 December 2017

"Great location; friendly staff. Enjoyed the outdoors.
Double bed had to be replaced long ago.
Good overall experience but the sleeping comfort might prevent me from returning. "