When he arrived on the scene, title to the Kloof was vested in eleven separate farms (ten subdivisions of Kalmoesfontein) and one portion of Uitkyk. From 1959 John Rae began to steadily acquire all these portions, as and when they came on to the market.
By 2002, he had purchased 16 portions which then encompassed the whole of the Kloof. All of these portions were consolidated and the new property was proclaimed a Protected Area (Nature Reserve) by Government Gazette on 15 May 2012.
It was entirely through John Rae’s vision, financial skills, and dogged perseverance that Buffelskloof Nature Reserve is today legally protected, reasonably financially secure, and well managed.