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Swartberg Collection

A Family Legacy

In 1998 the Geldenhuys family began the process of acquiring over 8000 hectares of land at the foot of the Swartberg Mountain range (a World Heritage Site) in the Klein Karoo, Western Cape. The land was used to develop Swartberg Private Wildlife Estate, Welgevonden Private Game Reserve and Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve.


A partnership was formed between the Geldenhuys and Frew families to consolidate the Swartberg Collection, a proudly South African run operation.

Andre' and Nicki Geldenhuys, founders of the Swartberg brand, have deep roots in travel and tourism. They founded Seekers Travel in 1989, a company which would move over 1 million people in and out of South Africa. 

After selling the company to Tourvest in 1998, Andre’ lent his expertise and sat on their board for a number of years.


The next generation, a dynamic travel couple, now run wildlife experiences on Swartberg Game Reserve. This is one part to the collection. 


Meet the team

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craig geldenhuys


Marketing, sales, communications & strategy

+27 82 577 2835


Nadia bosch


Bookings & enquiries

+27 67 419 0580

award winning 

In April 2019, Craig won the Green Economy Award for the most sustainable operation within the wildlife industry. 





  • Buffalo

  • Sable

  • Cape mountain zebra 

  • Roan

  • Giraffe 

  • Kudu 

  • Impala

  • Small grey mongoose 

  • Large grey mongoose 

  • White tailed mongoose

  • Water mongoose

  • Yellow mongoose 

  • Striped polecat 

  • Cape Clawless otter 

  • Brown hyena 

  • Aardwolf 

  • Bat eared Fox 

  • Cape Fox

  • Black backed jackal

  • Porcupine 

  • Cape hare

  • Riverine Rabbit 

  • Rock Hyrax

  • Springbuck 

  • Common Duiker 

  • Mountain reedbuck

  • Common reedbuck 

  • Vaalriebok 

  • Cape Grysbok 

  • Klipspringer

  • Nyala

  • Gemsbok 

  • Redhaartebeest 

  • Blue wildebeest 

  • Blesbuck 

  • Lechwe 

  • Waterbuck

  • Bushpig

  • Leopard

  • Caracal

  • Serval

  • African Wildcat

  • Large spotted genet 

  • Black eagle (Veraux)

  • African Fish eagle

  • Martial Eagle 

  • Dark chanting gosshawk 

  • African harrier hawk 

  • Jackal Buzzard

  • Steppe Buzzard 

  • Rock kestrel

  • Black shouldered kite

  • Barn owl

  • African eagle owl

  • Nightjar

  • Blue crane 

  • Secretary bird

  • Kori bustard 

  • Black bustard 

  • Blue heron 

  • Grey heron 

  • Little green heron 

  • Giant kingfisher 

  • Malachite kingfisher 

  • Woodlands kingfisher

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