A New Lease On Life
In a previous life (in the 1970’s and 80’s) Erindi was an over-stocked and over-grazed cattle farm causing severe damage to the natural vegetation.
Owners Gert Joubert and his nephew Paul, phased out cattle farming entirely and re-introduced in fairly large numbers, numerous species that once occurred naturally in the area.
In 2007, the reserve was transformed into a nature conservation venture. The first challenge they faced as an eco tourist venture operation was gaining the trust of the previously threatened animals – and convincing them to allow people into their secret and mysterious world.
Erindi is one of the few places on the planet where people have the opportunity to evidence this special relationship with these incredible beasts, and expand on it.
Over the years Erindi has successfully transformed itself into a unique, best-practice eco tourism and conservation venture – constantly implementing and monitoring programs across all aspects of the land rehabilitation process.
The ultimate bush luxury in an environment geared up for relaxed game viewing. Erindi comprises of 70 719 ha of pristine wilderness, and presents an amazing array of diverse landscapes - from golden savannah to dense bush with mountains, natural waterholes, grasslands and pans.
Old Traders Lodge is the perfect base for your forays into the exhilarating bush, our spacious suites have all the charm, comfort and conveniences you’d expect of a top-flight resort. Spot various game species while walking through the Camp, on the deck, or from your suite patio.
Rugged with a touch of comfort and style, surrounded by unspoilt, game-rich bush... The self-catering units comprises of fourteen chalets situated in a semi-circle overlooking our floodlit waterhole. Each campsite has its own bathroom with a toilet, solar-heated shower and hand basin.
The elegantly decorated main lodge serves as the main dining area. Mouth-watering dishes are prepared to the highest standards using the freshest ingredients, some grown in our own back garden.
Dining at Old Traders Lodge is a culinary adventure, combining regional African cuisine with the multitude of cooking styles left behind by early explorers of this great continent. We stock a wide selection of South African wines, spirits and liqueurs. High tea is served every afternoon and delicious sweet and savoury eats. A mouth-watering buffet-style dinner is served after guests return from their late afternoon safari.