Alldays-Pontdrift – Botswana – Ratho Bush Camps, Croc Farm
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Experience the magic of being in the presence of the Tuli elephant. Delight in the thrill of spotting the elusive Pel’s Fishing Owl.

View hundreds of White-backed vultures and Marabou Storks at an awesome vulture restaurant. Journey back in time with trips to archaeological sites in the valley of the pre-historic crocodilians, known today as the Rakwena crocs.

Ratho Farms and Bush Camps hides on the banks of the Limpopo River one hour north of Alldays past Pontdrift on the Botswana border and is more than an ordinary break-away – it’s destination that offers a fascinating variety in recreation, attractions and experiences. Here the silence of nature has its own voice …and one is not exposed to the exorbitantly expensive tourist traps as far as rates are concerned.

Ratho offers three unique unspoiled bush camps where one can hear the call of the Fish Eagle, a Crocodile farm where some 4 000 crocs are hatched every year, an orphaned animal safe haven (Eland, Sable, Nyala, bushbuck, warthog etc) extensive farming activities under irrigation, a curio shop and tea garden (enjoy croc meat!) and an intensive game breeding program for scarce game species

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY THE CEO OF SPECIALIZED TOURISM & MARKETING SERVICES (FARMSTAY)
The spacious sundeck with lapa and splash pool offer exciting Tuli elephant viewing (small and large pics)
The spacious sundeck with lapa and splash pool offer exciting Tuli elephant viewing (small and large pics)
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Activities:

Game Viewing GAME VIEWING – Experience the thrilling grandeur of the Tuli elephants that regularly cross the River at the Bush Camps and visit the well-known water holes at Ratho. Numerous antelope species and other smaller game – too many to mention – as well as a rich diversity of birdlife offer excellent opportunities for game viewing and wildlife photography. Ratho conducts an intensive game breeding program for scarce game species, like the Sable antelope and the Nyala. Lots of other endemic species roam the farm e.g. wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck, impala, etc

Bird Watching At Ratho you can hear the call of the FISH EAGLE and birders travels thousands of kilometres to spot the PELS FISHING OWL on Rahto. Ratho is on the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route. Watch Marabou storks, lappet faced vultures, & white backed vultures having lunch in the vulture restaurant on the farm. Beautiful little carmine bee-eaters excavate their nests in the vertical banks of the Limpopo River

Hiking Trails Ratho offers various hiking trails that promise fascinating discoveries. Excelent 4 X 4 trails in river bed and on farm

Other Activities RAKWENA CROCODILE FARM, CURIO SHOP & TEA GARDEN – On average, there are 4,000 - 5000 crocodiles on the Rakwena croc farm. A guide accompanies tourists and guests to the feeding sessions. Curios and leather products are available at the Rakwena Tea Garden where you can experience the taste of crocodile meat. Crocodile skins are exported mainly to Europe and the East. The meat of the crocodile is a delicacy and is also exported.
 
Rates:
Season Single Double
In season R 0.00 R 0.00
Out season R 0.00 R 0.00
Remarks: Rates really affordable and available on request. THREE BUSH CAMPS AVAILABLE: RATHO TENTED CAMP IS situated on the banks of the mighty Limpopo River, in the shade of a huge Nyala Berry Tree, this camp accommodates up to 20 people in luxury en suite tents with hot and cold water, flush toiletsand a fully equipped communual kitchen with electricity & fridge. It also has a spacious thatched lapa with splash pool and a wooden deck where one can sit and watch the Tuli elephants or even feed them fruit. MOPANI CAMP is and upland bush camp and situated high on a sandstone hill, overlooking the indigenous mopani veld. This camp lets you experience the most beautiful sunsets in the Limpopo Valley. Guests provide your camping equipment and facilities include a cooking area, firewood, fresh water, open air showers & flush toilet. This camp is ideal for the off-road trailer or off-road caravan enthusiasts. ANA TREE & 4X4 CAMP nestles on the river bank and is for the adventurous camping enthusiasts. This camp is situated on the bank of the Limpopo River and has very limited facilities. Own camping equipment required. During winter months the Ana tree Camp and river bed is withered and dry during the rainy season the area is lush & green. Set up camp and live with the game -- especially the elephants -- as they move down to the water holes. Four X Four at its best in the river beds!
Rooms include :   Yes  Yes   No  No
Phone No
Television No
Radio No
Heater No
Roof Fan No
Airconditioner No
Experience the magic of being in the presence of the Tuli elephant in Ratho Tented Camp – small and large pics
Experience the magic of being in the presence of the Tuli elephant in Ratho Tented Camp – small and large pics
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Nearest Town:
Pontdrift
Distance: 15km
Police: No
Hospital: No
ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCURSIONS -- This part of Africa is fraught with ancient mysteries and various archaeological findings have been made in the area. Ruins dating from the 13th century, which are linked to the Mapungubwe Route (Road too Kingdom Route), can be found at Kraalkoppie on Ratho. Old tribes that traded with gold and ivory also lived here. RESERVATIONS: Make a reservation enquiry (only an enquiry) by clicking on the reservation icon at the bottom of this page or contact the Farmstay reservation office hours: 039 313 0608 or phone August after hours on 082 882 7475. E-mail enquiries to August at august@farmstay.co.za
Tourist attractions in the area.
ORPHANED ANIMALS AT RATHO’S SAVE HAVEN –Sandra’s hand-reared animals are a very popular attraction –sable, eland, nyala, bushbuck, duiker, waterbuck, “ponky” the warthog and many others.

Any other information which may interest tourists to the area
OTHER ACTIVITIES – Discover the game on your own or quietly wait for the game at permanent watering holes in a hide or from viewing platforms. Guided game drives can be arranged. Catering available for on route touring groups

Agricultural sites of interest in the area.
Ratho is a commercial irrigation farming enterprise of format and an agricultural showpiece. Activities include seed maize, potatoes, onions, tomatoes and game breeding.
The Menu
Meals available in tea garden at curio shop, also for touring groups visitingb the Rakwena Crocodile farm The tented camp is fully equipped for self-catering.

Farm Details
Farm Name/s:Ratho Farms - ha
Farming Activities: Maize seed. onmions, potatoes, citrus, game breeding etc
Farm History: 

A bit about your hosts:
Johan and Sandra are your hosts. They have developed this beautiful farm with all its fascinatng facets and activities to a show-piece over the past years. Sandra with some of her hand-reared animals...and  visitors on a game drive
Sandra with some of her hand-reared animals...and visitors on a game drive
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How to get there:
Route map supplied when reservations are made.

  Photo gallery

On average, there are 4,000 - 5000 crocodiles on the Rakwena Croc Farm (small) and insider a luxury tent (large)
On average, there are 4,000 - 5000 crocodiles on the Rakwena Croc Farm (small) and insider a luxury tent (large)
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   Ratho Camp camp can accommodate up to 20 people  in luxury ensuite tents
Ratho Camp camp can accommodate up to 20 people in luxury ensuite tents
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