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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Thank You UmPhafa
Thank You UmPhafa

Thank You UmPhafa

After a wild and wonderful seven months, the sun...

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Our Slice of Bush Paradise
Our Slice of Bush Paradise

Our Slice of Bush Paradise

The intern programme on UmPhafa Private Nature Reserve offers...

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Blesbok on the Reserve
Blesbok on the Reserve

Blesbok on the Reserve

On the 5th May, UmPhafa, welcomed 80 blesbok (Damaliscus...

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Goodbye Marbles and Smudge
Goodbye Marbles and Smudge

Goodbye Marbles and Smudge

Over the past 11 weeks, UmPhafa has been the...

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