Welcome to Gariep Game Breeders

Gariep Game Breeders is a partnership between two game farms located in the Southern Free State that mainly focus on breeding Copper Blesbuck.

Bouwer and Hannru Haupt started focusing on game breeding in 1994 when the farm Palmietfontein was fenced in for game breeding purposes and normal plains game like Blue Wildebeest, Black Wildebeest, Impala, Red Hartebeest, Zebra, Springbuck, Oryx and Blesbuck were introduced. It was only later that more exotic species like Black and White Springbuck, Copper Blesbuck and Golden Wildebeest were introduced. Today the main focus on the farm is the intensive Copper Blesbuck breeding project.

Jaco and Danie Pienaar have been breeding Copper Blesbuck from the early 1980's on the farm Uitkyk in the Edenburg district. This is one of the oldest copper blesbuck breeding herds known of in South Africa and certainly one of the first herds where this colour variant was identified. Jaco and Danie also have other normal plains game on the farm Uitkyk but focus on the breeding of Copper Blesbuck.

Gariep Game Breeders has some of the best Copper Blesbuck genetics in the country and rams of over 18.5 inches have been produced from their herds. The group's blesbuck breeding herds range over an area of 15,000 hectares that ensure genetic diversity.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat." ~ Teddy Roosevelt ~