In the heart of the Karoo something wonderful is happening. Nature has been given a chance to come back to an area which used to be home to wild herds of springbok and wildebeest and even hippos and rhinos. Former farmland has been set aside and formally proclaimed as a nature reserve, the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve.
PC Ferreira, the heart behind the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve, realized the loss to the environment and conservation, suffered generations ago, when the last Seekoei River hippos were shot in the late 1700's. Being a conservationist at heart he decided to take action and initiated a hippo reintroduction project in 2000. It would eventually take 6 years for this project to bear fruit, but in 2006 a small hippo breeding group was eventually released on the then recently established Karoo Gariep Conservancy (est. 2005). For his contribution to conservation PC was awarded the SANParks Kudu Award. In 2015 PC moved to have the Karoo Gariep Conservancy formally proclaimed as the Karoo Gariep Nature Reserve. Our goal is to restore the Seekoei River valley back to its pristine, wild and natural state where wildlife and humans can thrive together and prosper.