Urbanisation, agriculture, mining, and other human activities have plagued local wildlife habitats for decades and the result has seen numerous wildlife species face extinction. Many animals are simply unable to adapt to such radical environmental changes fast enough, and the ensuing decline in suitable habitats has lead to widespread inbreeding throughout local wildlife populations. The resulting lack of genetic variation is a significant contributing factor to the demise of these animals. Growing human settlements continue to encroach on wilderness areas, and this is leading to a dramatic increase in human/wildlife conflicts.
Any land given back to nature should always be viewed as a significant win for conservation efforts!
When multiple farms were purchased in the Eastern Kalahari Bushveld of South Africa and combined to form a large 240 000-acre reserve with the objective to return this part of the Kalahari Desert to its former glory by creating one massive free-roaming ecosystem.
This meant that all previous signs and impact of farming activities left behind by the former occupants (cattle farmers and even canned lion hunters!) needed to be removed, the length of the perimeter (237km) had to be fenced with electrified fencing, and animal species that occurred naturally in this part of the Kalahari in the past were reintroduced. This would later become the largest introduction of wildlife ever recorded in South Africa!
Home to the Big 5 (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo), the reserve currently accommodates a significant part of South Africa’s Wild Dog (Painted Wolf) population and a breeding ground for two vulture species! Furthermore, the reserve has given refuge to a group of elephants formerly used for “elephant rides” on a different reserve. These elephants could become wild elephants again and have since thrived with two “born free” calves already amongst the herd!
As the reserve is situated in one of the most remote parts of the country, it offers guests some of the most incredible star-gazing opportunities imaginable due to the absence of light pollution from nearby cities and towns. In fact, the area was chosen by a group of astronomers as their ideal location to study stars.
Beyond their large and highly specialised anti-poaching team, the reserve is run by a small team of professionals. The reserve simply does not have the necessary hands required to conduct their much-needed field work. This adventure and eco-safari project is designed to contribute to the reserve’s ecological needs by assisting with game counts, wildlife research, vegetation surveys, and so much more!
Together, these are the tools needed to ensure a balanced ecosystem is maintained, and that the ultimate goal of restoring the Kalahari to its natural state is achieved.
Working with Wildlife is proud to be the reserve’s exclusive partner in offering such conservation experiences.
Guests are accommodated in a lodge situated on the edge of a large calcrete pan which offers incredible game viewing and sensational star-gazing opportunities to all who visit! There are four two-sleeper rooms each with an en-suite bathroom (rooms are shared between guests). There is a kitchen and dining room, with an outdoor patio and braai area outside. There is electricity and hot water at the lodge, with water filters to supply safe drinking water. Three home cooked meals are supplied daily.
Be a part of a truly unique African conservation experience in one of the continent’s largest private Big-5 game reserves!