The year 2013 marked the 75th anniversary the De
Villiers family have been part of the lowveld history.
Alfred Hoheisen, my great great grandfather, purchased
the farm Kempiana, about 30km East of Phelwana. He
continued to increase his land by 20 000 hectares by
purchasing a further four farms. Well renowned for
constructing the University of Cape Town, Vereeniging
Power stations and Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town
he turned his eye to his beloved Bushveld by spending 3
months of the year with family and close friends. Today
we still enjoy the privilege to be part of the Lowveld.
His son, Hans Hoheisen, well known conservationist
also shared the passion for conserving wildlife, and
initiated many successful organizations such as the Hans
Hoeheisen Research Centre and the South African Wildlife
College. His gift to our country was the donation of his
Kempiana Game Reserve to WWF. The largest donation in
the world, he received accolades by HRH Prince Philip,
and Prince Bernard of the Netherlands.
His sister Hilda, my great grandmother, also enjoyed
the love for the Bushveld. Enjoying the success of wine
farming in the Cape, holidays were spent in the Bushveld
during the winter months. My Grandmother Ingrid, fondly
remembers those days and has kindly supplied photographs
representing those early pioneering days. Also well
known for her philanthropy, she established the Head
Quarters for the Guide Dog Association in Cape Town. She
married the son of Justice H de Villiers and together
shared many memories vacationing here in the Bushveld.
My father, Charles has also continued the family
tradition of conservation by establishing the Timbavati
Foundation. The School which is used as a tool to
educate learners from surrounding areas, aids the
community assisting schools by teaching them
Conservation, Education, Community Upliftment and
By embracing the ethos of conservation and well known
for our hospitality and attention to detail, the De
Villiers family offer you Phelwana Game Lodge. Your
place in the Bushveld!