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DRONFIELD

In the shade of Camelthorn trees, Dronfield offers business travellers, families and friends a real wildlife experience within a few kilometers of the city of Kimberley.

Dronfield, a mere eight kilometers outside Kimberley, allows easy access to The Big Hole, McGregor Museum, Magersfontein, Sol Plaatje Museum, William Humphreys Art Gallery to name but a few. Your visit to the Northern Cape is not complete without a night or two spent at this magnificent property, Dronfield.

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CONSERVATION

Dronfield has been the site for monitoring the African White-backed Vulture population for more than 20 years and has made significant contributions towards vulture conservation efforts. Dronfield has seen the transition and changes from a pioneering cattle farm managed on strict grazing management practices to a wildlife ranching site that now specialises in high value species for breeding purposes.

Accommodation

Six luxurious self-catering chalets are perfectly designed for family, friends and small groups.  Each unit offers en-suite facilities, air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen and braai facilities.  There is a swimming pool perfectly located close to the chalets that is a welcome retreat during the hot summer months. Read More...

ACTIVITIES

Visitors will have lots to do during their stay on Dronfield and can arrange game drives, spend time birding, check out the Graham Main Vulture Hide or just laze around the pool with a good book.

History

Dronfield was the very first farm purchased by De Beers in 1888 and legends say the homestead was used by General Koos de la Rey of the Boer force besieging Kimberley between October 1899 and February 1900. The farm is steeped in history; tales of the Long Tom 100 pounder guns firing into Kimberley, a fatal railway accident on the line that crossed Dronfield Ridge, a Boer War concentration camp, smallpox epidemic and the site of two battles during the siege of Kimberley are just some of the pieces of the puzzle that makes up this site, but you will have to visit to find out for yourself.

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