Thaba Tholo is a 37,000 hectare game farm in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The farm was created in 1990 by consolidating game and cattle farms before the big five and other rare species were reintroduced. Thaba Tholo is committed to the conservation of all species, especially endangered species.
Genetic diversity is safeguarded and enhanced by accommodating large, yet sustainable numbers of each species, along with the selective breeding and genetic monitoring of its rare game.
The number of game on the farm is managed through live capture and limited hunting. Free-roaming predators, including lion, leopard, cheetah, brown hyena, caracal and other species also contribute to the natural selection process which contributes to the development of tough and vibrant animal populations, naturally adapted to withstand predation and disease.
Natural methods are used to encourage grazing rotation and to keep bush encroachment under control.
Thaba Tholo sells the majority of its excess game at an annual auction in September and has a long history of selling quality animals to satisfied customers.
A separate farming operation was also started along the banks of the Crocodile River, which involves the intensive breeding of rare species, as well as the production of animal feed. It also includes the production of human food such as Maize, Soya, Wheat and Sunflower in order to contribute to the food security of the country. Different grasses are grown for different species and used to supplement feed in winter.