Breeding in its purest form


Our breeding approach

What sets Meletse Breeders apart, is our dedication to only the best genetics. We focus on proven pre-potency, which allows you to know with certainty to which extent your investment will impact your own herd.

As the industry becomes increasingly disillusioned with engineerd exotic breeds, we have only intensified our focus on breeding the most exceptional samples of pure species.

Our farms

Situated at the foot of the Meletse mountain [meaning King of the Mountain], a careful rehabilitation programme has made our breeding farm one of the most sought after properties in the Limpopo Province.

The breeds currently on the farm include buffalo, sable, nyala, Livingston eland and exceptional herds of kudu, waterbuck, blue wildebeest and impala. We're running a separate breeding program on our second Kalahari farm. Here, based on the unique natural environment, we focus on oryx, Kalahari & Damara springbuck and roan. The fact that we also extend our breeding activities to our other farms, means that we have the capacity to allow animals to breed and live in their natural habitat, whether in the open bushveld or arid Kalahari environments.


The business of breeding

Louis van der Watt has a unique understanding of business and of game breeding, and have established himself as a thought-leader throughout the local breeding community.

Focusing on carefully calculating the value of each investment over time, have proven to be the secret ingredient in successful breeding that performs consistently and creates a sustainable business. Combining his deep domain knowledge with years of experience creates valuable insights that not only result in breeds with exceptional trophy quality, but also sustainable rates of fertility and hereditary genetics.

Our unique genetic compilation

Strongly focused on the discipline and practice of pre-potency genetics, we make sure that our herds render high-quality offspring.

Our approach allows you to rest assured that your investment will improve your herd in significant ways.

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our animals


Our pure East African herd consists of approximately 150 cows of 30" plus, distributed over two separate farms: Meletse in the Waterberg and Langfontein in the Kamdeboo. Some of the animals that were bred on these farms include 48" Roepman, 47.5" Langfontein, Little Jack and Jack. Our current breeding bul is Rooiberg, a direct descendant of the 40" cow Africa and Mutonga [from the 53" bull Tyson]. The buffalo breeding project is in partnership with Thinus van den Berg [Langfontein] and Con Folkes [Glen Harry].


We have roan herds on both our Kalahari and the Kamdeboo farm. We actively breed with the direct descendants of the 34" bull Majestic, as well as cows coming from Tswalu.


Our Metetsi herd carries the genetics of our prime 51" breeding bull Remington. We also actively use his direct descendants in our ongoing breeding programs.


We have assembled our oryx herd from 9 different parts of South Africa and Namibia. The herd consists of more than 200 cows at 40". We also own a share in the bull Vmax [45"], and will use his sons in our breeding project.


We currently own the biggest closed herd of Damara Springbuck in South Africa. Our animals were imported directly from Damaraland. Most of the 80 ewes in the herd are in excess of 13".


As part of the Greater Kudu Club we have access to the gene pool of the following three bulls: Hercules [the most expensive bull ever sold on auction and nr 3 SCI ranking], Apollo [nr 1 SCI ranking], and Mr Universe.


With our blue wildebeest breeding program we use the sons of the 34" blue wildebeest bull Victor, as well as our own 33.5" bull from the northern Limpopo area to breed with 22" cows descending from bulls, all in excess of 32".


Our breeding herd consists of the descendants of our 35" bull, all bred to a non-related 35.5" bull.


Our Impala ram Phala (27.5") is breeding with selected ewes to produce the highest quality offspring for our herds.


Our Nyala herds are mostly offspring from the well-known Mr Wide, bred to 30" plus bulls.

About auctions

You’ll find Meletse specimens being exclusively represented on prestige auctions, where industry leaders have invited Meletse to showcase our animals.


See below for any upcoming auctions where Meletse breeds will be on show.

Although we do occasionally participate in selected game auctions, we focus exclusively on those animals, whether when buying or selling, that authentically represent the Meletse philosophy of staying true to the purity of the original breed, while committing to the highest levels of hereditary genetics across the herd.


2016 Auctions

2017 Auctions

2018 Auctions

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2019 Auctions

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2020 Auctions