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The Town Within a Game Park

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James

James

The town of Utrecht in KwaZulu-Natal (on the R34 between Newcastle and Vryheid) lies within the confines of the Balele Game Park and the Utrecht Community Game Farm, with a total Game Park area of 2500ha.

All the mountains that surround the town are part of the Game Park and have been stocked with no fewer than 11 species of game including Impala, Blesbuck, Bushbuck, Waterbuck, Nyala, Red Hartebeest, Blue Wildebeest, Kudu, Burchell's Zebra, Warthog and Giraffe.

The town itself lies within a part of the Game Park and the long-term plan is to open the whole area to the town, so that we may see game animals frequenting the outskirts of town, parks and gardens as is already happening with species such as Grey Duiker, Genet and the odd Impala.

This is an initiative by the local Town Council in conjunction with the Balele Conservancy and motivated by individual residents in the District. It has, in the last 5 years, brought about a greater awareness of the magnificent natural surroundings of the town and has shifted the focus of the town from industry to tourism.

Established in 1854, the town is steeped in history which is reflected in beautiful historical buildings like the Old Parsonage Museum, the Dutch Reformed sandstone church, the unique old military cemetery and stately colonial houses and other buildings.

Utrecht does not only offer an historical experience to the tourist. The picturesque Balele mountains whti its waterfalls and ecological diversity is home to a wealth of fauna and flora, especially in the Balele Game Park which encircles the town.

The Utrecht district is the tribal domain of no fewer than 5 Amakosi (Zulu Chiefs) who, today play an active role in the development of the area. The Mangosuthu Arts and Crafts village with backpacker accommodation and craft shop that sells a variety of traditional Zulu articles is a must!

Activities at Utrecht includes hiking, horse riding, trout fishing and visits to historic sites and buildings. The Balele Recreation Resort as well as various B&B's and guest farms offer a variety of accommodation options.

Utrecht Publicity Association
P.O. Box 11
Utrecht, 2980
South Africa

Tel: +27 34 3113613
Fax: +27 34 3313004







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You might want to visit Utrecht, we did in July...The place is in a sorry state indeed. I lived there in the mid '90s and was shocked at how sad the town looks. Its dirty, uninviting and needs some urgent management.

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