South Africa Background
“Hebron”, is the first farm which makes up Burchell Game Reserve. It was bought by the family in 1987. At that stage Barry was still in school. He always loved this part of the world and saw the potential then and today this area is the premier game area of Southern Africa.
William John Burchell came out to South Africa in 1810, he did not have any children himself but Barry's decent is from his brother. Barry is the 7th generation to be born and in South Africa.
In 1990 Barry took over the control of Hebron Farm from his family. He then started building Masada Lodge in 1995. It took a total of nine months to complete. Everything was done by hand. It took about 36,000 man hours, 96 tons of cement, 384 tons of sand, 1,536 tons of stone, 36 tons of timber and 80 tons of thatching grass (ten tons per room and 40 tons for the dining).
In 2001, eight couple suites were built and completed. This brining the lodge to a capacity of 16 rooms. We also added the Burchell Lounge which is situated below the balcony of the dining room. In the dining room you will see some original artwork done by William John Burchell. Some art dates back to 1795.
In 2003 we built the top boma, which is the main entertaining area of the lodge. The pool was finally completed in 2006.
Today Hebron makes up of about 15% of Burchell Game Reserve. Every year we re-introduced a couple of new species of game. Today we have about 30 different species on Burchell Game Reserve.
In 1996 the farm Bergplaas was added to Burchell Game Reserve which was a great addition. After two years of negotiations, the farms Stanhope and Mountain View were added. In the beginning of 1999 the farm Shenfield was added and at the beginning of 2000 Kalmosfontein and Branderskloof were added. At the beginning of 2001 and after four years of negotiations, Wilgerfontein and Neuwe Rus were added to Burchell Game Reserve. At the end of 2001, Heilbron was added and in 2002 Prospects and Doorkom were incorporated in to Burchell Game Reserve. Watekloof was added in 2003 and in 2005, Hopevale was incorporated into the reserve.
Every year we do bring in more game animals to increase our breeding herd and also to get new blood and genes into our herds. On Burchell Game Reserve, game animals do exceptionally well and grow good horn lengths and they increase in numbers very well.There is no internal fences on Burchell Game Reserve.