UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

The UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve is a 6,000 hectare reserve encompassing a wide range of habitats from acacia savannah and bushveld to mountainous terrain. Due to previous agricultural practices, many of the natural inhabiting species were lost.

Although some mammal populations remained and have thrived since the reserve was established, additional species have now been released and UmPhafa has become home to a wide range of fauna.

These include giraffe, kudu, impala, common reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, zebra, blesbok, red hartebeest, wildebeest, waterbuck, nyala, warthog, aardvark and porcupine – to name only some. Leopard and spotted hyena have more recently returned to the area naturally and are regularly recorded through camera trapping, tracking, and – on rarer occasions – sightings!! Small to medium sized carnivores such as black-backed jackal, caracal, serval, genet, and several species of mongoose are also common.

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African Painted Dogs
African Painted Dogs

African Painted Dogs

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“I knew this would be an experience I would never forget!”
“I knew this would be an experience I would never forget!”

“I knew this would be an experience I would never forget!”

A full eighteen months after my hasty departure from...

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Lappet-faced Vulture Spotted!
Lappet-faced Vulture Spotted!

Lappet-faced Vulture Spotted!

Lappet-faced Vulture Spotted! The team at UmPhafa have recently...

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Endangered Wild Dogs move to Malawi
Endangered Wild Dogs move to Malawi

Endangered Wild Dogs move to Malawi

Endangered Wild Dogs move to Malawi The UmPhafa Private...

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