Moorddrift is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in Limpopo. In 1912, Hendrik Smit bought in the foothills of the Northern Waterberg mountain range and infamous Nyl River, 12km south of Mokopane, Moorddrift Wildlife is a slice of bushveld magic, just over two hours north of Johannesburg & one & a half hours north of Pretoria. Situated in a malaria-free area, Moorddrift is set in an area of pristine natural beauty, offering the best of African bush, mountain landscape and river views.
In 1912, Hendrik Smit bought the farm Moorddrift. Hendrik was born in Malmesbury in the Boland, hence the Cape Dutch style buildings on the farm. Hendrik got married to Irene Nellmapius and at the time of buying the farm, he was a stockbroker in Johannesburg. When he moved to the farm, he was a very successful racehorse breeder. William, Hendrik’s eldest son, joined and together they centred the main farming activities on citrus, groundnuts, beef cattle and a small Ayrshire dairy herd. In January 1947, William married June Goetsch who gave him constant support throughout his long farming career.Ken, William’s eldest son joined the farm where farming activities progressed to cotton under irrigation, a beef herd, dairy and game.
In 2000, Ken & Tersia started a small tented bush camp for hunters. Today, it is a self-catering bush camp consisting of 10 chalets for hunters, fishermen, functions and weddings. Stephen Smit, Ken’s son, joined the farm in 2004 and took the dairy processing and manufacturing to new strengths. Martmeri, Stephen’s wife, joined the farm and business in 2013, managing and assisting with all the marketing acitivities.
On the game farm, Ken, Tersia, Stephen and Martmeri bought their first Sable herd in 2014, with the focus on game breeding. Various colour variants were also bought for breeding purposes. In order to extend our breeding opportunities, we bought our first buffalo herd in 2016.
At Moorddrift, some of the farm’s earliest structures from that time remain on the farm today. And so the signature look at Moorddrift remains whitewashed walls of thick stone or primitive brick, with ornate gables. The result is a modern yet authentic sensibility, that takes the farm firmly into the future.
On the opposite, the Nyl River Bush Camp at Moorddrift looked to the bush for inspiration, taking its cue from the thatched roofs in true safari style, with views of African bush, mountains and the Nyl River.