Our History

Wild Rescue – Property and Buildings

• This 165 ha farm called Klipfontein was bought by Hannes Zaaiman in 1987 who lovingly restored both land and house until it was bought for Wild Rescue in 2015. His ashes are scattered on a kopje on the property, as he sadly passed away during the purchase negotiations.
• Hannes Zaaiman was an architect very interested in the restoration of historical homes and in botany.
• The sale to Hannes excluded the original farm house, however included the smaller traditional thatched “dwelling” which did not have a bathroom until Hannes did alterations and additions. The original part of this dwelling is estimated to be over 110 years old.
• This dwelling is the main house, and will be used as the living area and office for the executive director (founder), and as the volunteer recreational rooms, kitchen with some volunteer accommodation.

• A very old shepherd’s cottage is to be found on the property which is estimated to be well over 200 years old and one of the oldest in the Western Cape. This may become a small exhibition and education centre.
• The old outhouse was used for storing produce from the farm (grain and sweet potatoes) and had additions done by Hannes, and was then used for garages, as a workshop and a showcase for the Cape furniture he restored, and the antiques which he bought and sold (Cape and Country Antiques).
• This outhouse will serve many functions including temporary accommodation for volunteers, a workshop, a laundry, a VIP guest room, animal food preparation and storage, and in the final phase it will serve as offices, the main education centre and a coffee shop.
• Hannes built two traditional old Cape style cottages overlooking a valley out of the original stone from ruins which he found on the land.
• These cottages, which have no electricity, but gas for hot water and a fridge, were used by botanists studying the flora on the reserve, and by eco tourists who wanted to get away from the hectic pace of modern life.

• One of these cottages will be used for volunteers, and the second cottage with be used for eco tourists, or VIP visitors, or people who have bartered services for use of the cottages.
• There is also a labourer’s cottage, which was used by Hannes for storage.
• This cottage is to be converted into the clinic, rehab centre and sanctuary manager’s office.
• The number and size of the buildings played a major factor in the decision to buy this farm for Wild Rescue, as the initial accommodation for volunteers and staff and the clinic for the wildlife, meant that the sanctuary could be started without major building costs.
• A further deciding factor was the accessibility of water.
• A court case over use of the perennial spring occurred soon after Hannes bought the farm, with the final agreements being 2/3 use by this property, 1/3 use by the neighbours – who sold the farm to Hannes.
• Water from the spring has been tested, and is found to be pure and of a high standard.
• There is also a borehole for household use and watering the garden.


“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” – Jane Goodall

Mantra for Wild Rescue

We are the wild.
The feathered, the feral, the free
The hunters, the hoppers, the hiders
The one, the many, the gone
The past, the present, the possible
We are the future, we are your future
We are one.

Mantra for Wild Rescue - Utopia



Contact Us

Postal: PO Box 12, Riversdale 6670 W.C.
Physical: Portion 35, Klipfontein Farm no. 414, Riversdale, W.C.
GPS: Long: 21.287078; Lat:-34.269138
Mobile: +27 (0)78 875 5776
Landline: +27 (0)28 754 1663
E-mail: wildrescue@mweb.co.za
Website: www.wildrescue.co.za