A fund inspired by the early Buffett Partnerships investing in the unfrequented market of South Africa.


Our capital is invested right alongside yours. We treat it like our own and we share the ups and downs.

Ownership in a business. Understand the business in order to value its stock.
Prepared for different opportunities. Pounce hard when they arrive.
All intelligent investing is value investing. Acquiring more than we are paying for.
Lengthening the time horizon gives a structural advantage.
The confidence to go against the market when the facts support it.
7 to 15 positions. We know our companies very, very well.
Risk is the probability of permanent loss of capital. Volatility is not risk.
Know the difference between quality of decision and quality of outcome.


The best investors have it.

None of the others do.


Desert Lion Capital is managed by Rudi van Niekerk.

He is a South African and resides in Cape Town.

A latecomer to investing, Rudi read the biography of Buffett in 2005 and subsequently dedicated his life to becoming a better investor. In 2013 he established Magnum Opus, an investment partnership for mostly family and friends. In 2016 he closed the partnership and established Guscora Investments, a permanent capital vehicle designed for South African investors. Most of the investors in Magnum Opus invested in Guscora.

Due to a growing interest from US and other international investors, Desert Lion Capital was launched to meet the needs of non-South African investors. Desert Lion Capital builds on the investment success achieved at Magnum Opus and Guscora by following the same investment process in the same attractive unfrequented market of South Africa.

Desert Lion Capital was seeded by Greenhaven Road Partners Fund and renowned investor Chuck Royce.

As you look around the world there are varying degrees of market efficiency. South Africa presents an inefficient market with many hidden opportunities.

You have the independence to invest in unique opportunities.

You want a local guide with a proven process and a track record.


South Africa is one of the best performing equity markets globally since 1900.

The previous political regime and negative sentiment towards emerging markets contributed to a major selloff in the South African equity market.

South African financial markets are highly developed and sophisticated. Yet the equity market is unfrequented and pricing inefficient.

The South African market presents the opportunity to invest in good quality assets at cyclically depressed valuations, presenting superior returns through growth and multiple expansion.

Our local experience and presence will give you privileged access to these opportunities.

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It is impossible to produce a superior performance unless you do something different from the majority.


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We communicate to you in the way we would liked to be communicated to if we were in your position.

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

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