Wildlife Conservation in Limpopo

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Wildlife Conservation

South African National Parks (SANParks) is the body responsible for managing South Africa's national parks. SANParks was formed in 1926, and currently manages 20 parks consisting of 3,700,000 hectares (37,000 km2), about 3% of the total area of South Africa.

The best known park is Kruger National Park, which is also the oldest(proclaimed in 1898), and the largest, at nearly 2,000,000 hectares (20,000 km2).

Service providers: Wildlife Conservation

  • Askari Wilderness Conservation ProgrammeMopani Region - Ba-Phalaborwa
    Askari Wilderness Conservation Programme

    Askari is a volunteer programme fostering the conservation of wilderness. Volunteers are needed to assist with reserve management projects and wildlife monitoring.

    Volunteers make a genuine and valuable contribution to conservation and the creation of a benchmark wilderness reserve.

    More info's

    Pidwa wilderness Reserve, Harmony 14, Gravelotte, 0895
    Tel.: +27 15 318 4430, Fax: +27 15 318 4430
    E-mail: conservation@askariwcp.com, Website: www.askariwcp.com
  • Bambelela Wildlife CareWaterberg Region - Bela-Bela
    Bambelela Wildlife care

    We're looking forward to welcoming you on our very quiet and private guest farm! Bambelela is central to the soccer games in Johannesburg, Rustenburg and Pietersburg.

    On our 2-hour guided wildlife tour you'll get the chance to come close to orphaned antelopes, raptors, predators and other mammals which we are hand raising and rehabilitating back into the wild.

    Airport and stadium transfers inclusive, true African bushveld cuisine can be arranged, soccer world cup and touch some of Africa's wild animals at our wildlife care farm combined for a comfortable true & wild experience of Africa. .

    All along we welcome honeymooners with a bottle of champagne, romantic love songs in the Hi-Fi, candles and paraffin lamps for the romantic evenings, the housekeeper comes only on demand twice daily.

    More info's

    Bambelela Guest Farm, Bela Bela, Warmbaths
    Tel.: 14 736 4090, Mobile: 83 454 8441, Fax: 14 736 4090
    E-mail: bambelela@ctec.co.za,
  • De Wildt Shingwedzi Wildlife RanchWaterberg Region - Bela-Bela
    De Wildt Shingwedzi Wildlife Ranch

    Striving towards the long term survival of predators and vultures which are of conservation concern outside protected areas in South Africa.Nobody who has seen a cheetah up close, heard it purr, or had the rare opportunity to touch it will ever forget the experience.

    More info's

    P.O. Box 1756, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa
    Tel.: 14 734 1735, Mobile: 83 257 7395, Fax: 14 734 1735
    E-mail: cheetah@dewildt.org.za, Website: www.dewildt.org.za
  • Friends Of The Haenertsburg Grasslands Capricorn Region - Polokwane
    Haenertsburg Grasslands

    Friends of the Haenertsburg Grasslands - FROHG - is a volunteer group dedicated to the conservation of the unique grasslands and related ecosystems near Haenertsburg, Limpopo Province.

    FROHG is a registered member of the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA), which operates a network of Friends Groups around the country.

    FROHG finalised its constitution in August 2007 and was officially launched on 24 September 2007

    FROHG arose from a small group of volunteers called HEMAG - Haenertsburg Environmental Monitoring and Action group. This informal grouping has agreed to give way to FROHG as it has the benefits of a formal constitution, and the backing and fund-raising experience of WESSA.

    The Haenertsburg Grasslands are situated in the lovely Magoebaskloof region - next time you are in the area, why not stop at Haenertsburg and check out our wonderful grasslands and forests. You will find information on hiking trails and events at the tourist office in Haenertsburg, at the Environmental Centre in Rissik Street, and at most B&Bs.
     

    More info's

    Tel.: 83 388 3861,
    E-mail: frohg@haenertsburg.co.za, Website: www.haenertsburg.co.za
  • Hoedspruit endangered species centre (HESC) -
    Hoedspruit endangered species centre (HESC)

    About the Hoedspruit endangered species centre

    The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. Governed by a progressive and modern management approach, it concerns itself with the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous wildlife species in southern Africa.

    The centre places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of cheetah in captivity. The excellent condition of these animals and the premises on which they are maintained, reflect the attention to detail, which is the hallmark of this facility.

    SA Students get a discount to join this programme, click to read more

    More info's

  • Hoedspruit endangered species centre (HESC) -
    Hoedspruit endangered species centre (HESC)

    About the Hoedspruit endangered species centre

    The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has established itself as one of the leading private research and breeding facilities for endangered species in the country. Governed by a progressive and modern management approach, it concerns itself with the breeding and maintenance of several endangered indigenous wildlife species in southern Africa.

    The centre places particular emphasis on the breeding and maintenance of cheetah in captivity. The excellent condition of these animals and the premises on which they are maintained, reflect the attention to detail, which is the hallmark of this facility.

    SA Students get a discount to join this programme, click to read more

    More info's

  • Lapalala WildernessWaterberg Region - Vaalwater
    Lapalala Wilderness

    Lapalala Wilderness, a vast privately-owned nature reserve, is situated in the mountains of the Waterberg 3½ hours from Johannesburg.

    Clear, natural rivers run through bush-covered hills and craggy ravines, and the reserve is home to animals such as rhino (both white and black), buffalo, hippo, giraffe, crocodile, leopard, baboons and many sorts of antelope. The reserve was founded in 1981 and is now a part of the Waterberg Biosphere Reserve.

    More info's

    Waterberg, Vaalwater
    Tel.: 14 755 4065,
  • Lapalala Wilderness SchoolWaterberg Region - Lephalale
    Lapalala Wilderness School

    Since the Lapalala Wilderness School was founded over twenty years ago, more than 50 000 children from all kinds of backgrounds have been exposed to environmental education at Lapalala.

    With the appointment of new staff in 2007, the School has embarked on initiatives with organisations such as loveLife and Outward Bound South Africa, both focused on youth development. A drive to encourage schools from the local communities to visit Lapalala as part of our extensive outreach programme has also been very successful.

    More info's

    Lephalela, Waterberg
    Tel.: 14 755 4071, Mobile: 082 887 3912, Fax: 866 887 212
    E-mail: lapalala@parksgroup.co.za, Website: www.lapalala.com
  • Moletzie Bird SanctuaryCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Moletzie Bird Sanctuary

    This rainforest houses the world’s largest concentration of indigenous cycad species as well as some of the most fascinating plant populations in South Africa.

    The Bird Sanctuary is located 5km to the north of the city.

     

    More info's

    Capricorn, Polokwane
    Tel.: 15 290 5529 ,
  • Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife ParkWaterberg Region - Bela-Bela

    Mystic Monkeys and Feathers Wildlife Park, with its beautiful gardens, waterfalls and koi dams, is not a zoo in the normal sense of the word. The Park offers an amazing animal adventure, ideal for discovering our fascinating animal kingdom.Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park hosts one of South Africa’s largest private primate collections featuring 38 species, in addition to a large number of beautiful, exotic birds.

    It is home to the first two Angolan black and white Colobus and Bearded Saki's babies born in captivity in the country as well as Chimpanzee and White-Handed Gibbons, two of the "Big 5" in the "ape" world, including Cheetahs, Lions and Tigers. 

    OPEN 365 DAYS A YEAR FROM 09H00 - 16H00.

    ENTRANCE FEES 

    R100 PER ADULT AND R50 FOR CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 3 AND 12 YEARS. 

    Visiting Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park is a great family outing, especially for the upcoming holidays.

    More info's

    Tel.: 861 287 483, Mobile: 082 566 4929,
    E-mail: christa@wdsaayman.co.za, Website: www.gl.co.za
  • Protea Hotel The Ranch Game Drives And Lion ToursCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Protea Hotel The Ranch Game Drives And Lion Tours

    Take a ride through the conservancy  or book a trip to view the game and lions on one of our unimog safari vehicles.

    You may also get the opportunity to get up close and personal with our lion cubs and even feed them.

    Booking essential - Minimum 6 people

    Accommodation is also Available!

    More info's

    Tel.: 15 290 5000, Fax: 15 290 5050
    E-mail: reservations@theranch.co.za, Website: www.theranch.co.za
  • Protea Hotel The Ranch Walk With The LionsCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Protea Hotel The Ranch Walk With The Lions

    Walks are carried out during the early mornings. The duration of walks is up to an hour and a half, and the average age of our lion are between 3 - 18 months. All walks are professionally managed and supervised by a qualified conservation ranger.  

    A leisurely walk with a lion at your side is an experience like no other.  Watch the lions play in their natural environment, while you have the opportunity to walk, and touch them.

    Learn more about these extremely powerful cats and their natural behaviour in such close proximity.    At the halfway point you will be given the opportunity to bottle feed the baby cubs and take photos. 

    The interaction between these lions promises to be a different kind of spiritual connection between man and animal.

    Booking essential - Minimum 4 people

    Accommodation is also Available!

    More info's

    Tel.: 15 290 5000, Fax: 15 290 5050
    E-mail: reservations@theranch.co.za, Website: www.theranch.co.za
  • Simbavati River LodgeMopani Region - Ba-Phalaborwa
    Photographic Safari - South Africa

    Unmatched in the wildlife photographic industry is our specialized photographic game drive vehicle – based in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve bordering the Northern region of the Kruger National Park. With no fences between the two reserves the animals move freely within more than 20 000 square kilometers of wilderness area.

    More info's

    Simbavati River Lodge PO Box 456 Hoedspruit, 1380
    Tel.: +27 (0) 21 945 3751, Fax: +27 (0) 21 945 1719
    E-mail: info@simbavati.com, Website: www.simbavati.com
  • Simbavati River LodgeMopani Region - Ba-Phalaborwa
    Photographic Safari - South Africa

    Unmatched in the wildlife photographic industry is our specialized photographic game drive vehicle – based in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve bordering the Northern region of the Kruger National Park. With no fences between the two reserves the animals move freely within more than 20 000 square kilometers of wilderness area.

    More info's

    Simbavati River Lodge PO Box 456 Hoedspruit, 1380
    Tel.: +27 (0) 21 945 3751, Fax: +27 (0) 21 945 1719
    E-mail: info@simbavati.com, Website: www.simbavati.com
  • Sondela Wildlife CentreWaterberg Region - Bela-Bela
    Sondela Wildlife Centre

    This wonderful facility situated within walking distance of the Sondela reception area will surely capture your imagination, and the little residents will most definitely capture your hearts.

    Touch, feel and tour through the Sondela Wildlife Centre and let the team share their vast experience, dedication and passion for hand rearing, care and handling of wild animals, with you.
    At the Sondela Wildlife Centre, we:

    • care for wild animals in distress
    • rescue and rehabilitate sick or injured wild animals to ensure a safe future for our animals.
      • hand rear orphaned wild animals
    • provide comfortable safe holding facilities for animals
    • create a better world by improving the welfare of wild animals and educating people in an entertaining manner to care for our natural heritage.

    Tours : Tuesday - Thursday @ 10.00 / Saturday @ 10.00 and 15.00 /
    Sunday @ 10.00. All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available from Sondela Reception.

     

    More info's

    N1 Highway, Warmbaths / Bela Bela, Settlers Off-ramp (exit 238)
    Tel.: 014 736 8800, Fax: 014 736 8850
    E-mail: info@sondela.com, Website: www.sondela.com
  • Southern African Wildlife CollegeSekhukhune Region - Maruleng
    Southern African Wildlife College

    The mission of Southern African Wildlife College is "to provide natural heritage managers from Africa, in co-operation with stakeholders, with the motivation and relevant skills to manage their areas and associated wildlife populations sustainably and in a culturally accepted manner."

    Training plays a pivotal role in terms of rehabilitating and sustaining wildlife areas. One of the fundamental strategies of the Southern African Wildlife College is to create a new generation of managers who are equipped to deal with the key challenges facing protected area management.

    More info's

    Private Bag X3015, Hoedspruit, Limpopo Province, 1380 South Africa
    Tel.: 15 793 7300 , Fax: 15 793 7314 Website: www.wildlifecollege.org.za
  • Southern African Wildlife CollegeMopani Region -

    In close cooperation with interested and affected parties, including national and provincial government departments, other conservation agencies and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Wildlife College was conceptualized in 1993 and established in 1997 by the World Wide Fund For Nature, South Africa (WWF South Africa).

    More info's

    Private Bag X3015, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, 1380
    Tel.: +27 (0) 15 793 7314 , Website: www.wildlifecollege.org.za/
  • Southern African Wildlife CollegeMopani Region -

    In close cooperation with interested and affected parties, including national and provincial government departments, other conservation agencies and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Wildlife College was conceptualized in 1993 and established in 1997 by the World Wide Fund For Nature, South Africa (WWF South Africa).

    More info's

    Private Bag X3015, Hoedspruit, Limpopo, 1380
    Tel.: +27 (0) 15 793 7314 , Website: www.wildlifecollege.org.za/
  • Vervet Monkey FoundationMopani Region - Tzaneen, Letaba
    Vervet Monkey Foundation

    The Vervet Monkey Foundation is non-profit organisation (NPO) and one of the biggest primate rehabilitation centres in South Africa caring for a large number of indigenous Vervet Monkeys, helping injured and orphaned primates to be re-introduced  into natural areas.

    The Vervet Monkey Foundation runs a unique volunteer program for people interested in caring for primates or who are planning on working with primates or animals as a career to get a hands on experience in all aspects of running a wildlife sanctuary, it is also an ideal place for zoology or anthropology students to research natural primate behaviour .

    The Vervet Monkey Foundation became a member of the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) in 2006 and in May 2010 became GFAS Verified (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries). This verification status means that the Vervet Monkey Foundation meets the comprehensive definition of a true sanctuary, meets standards of excellence and provides humane and responsible care of the animals in accordance with GFAS guidelines.

    Whether in a gap year, looking for work experience or wanting to study primates in Africa the Vervet Monkey Foundation can use your time and skills giving you  the once in a lifetime opportunity of working close to these amazing indigenous primates.

    More info's

    PO Box 415 , Tzaneen , 0850
    Tel.: +27 15 304 3484 , Mobile: 083 454 5381, Fax: 86 511 3426
    E-mail: info@vervet.za.org, Website: www.vervet.za.org
  • Zanna Bird and Reptile ParkCapricorn Region - Polokwane
    Zanna Bird and Reptile Park

    A great attraction in the city is the Polokwane Bird and Reptile Park. It is one of the largest municipal reserves in the country and is a show piece of colour and singing. Over 280 bird species can be viewed both indigenous and exotic. Aquariums are a delight and home to snakes and lizards and dark pools showcase an array of crocodiles and water birds. Well developed viewing hides and attractive picnic spots make this a tranquil and restful venue and an 18-hole golf course is an attraction to the keen golfer.

    Another colourful and spectacular must see is the Moletjie Bird Sanctuary, also home to many bird species. Highly acclaimed internationally, the centre is applauded for its outstanding work in the protection of the rare Cape Vulture.

    Source www.polokwane.gov.za                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    More info's

    Capricorn, Polokwane
    Tel.: 15 292 1719,
  • Zebula Country ClubWaterberg Region - Bela-Bela
    zebula country club

    A major attraction at Zebula Country Club is our lion and tiger cubs as well as our adult cheetahs. The animals are housed next to the Club House so can be easily seen when you visit us.

    Luka and Taran are the first cheetahs that Zebula acquired from the Free State. They are fully grown adults at almost 4 years old. We’ve had them since they were ten days old. Currently they are the stars of the cheetah run, it’s a hundred and thirty meter sprint which combined, takes them about twelve seconds to complete.

    Come join us for the cheetah run on Friday and Saturday afternoons at 17:30. Twenty rand gets you a normal ticket whereas fifty rand puts into our new and exclusive VIP stand. You get a better view and free drinks.

    Accommodation is also available!

    More info's

    P.O. Box 283, 0480, Limpopo Province, South Africa
    Tel.: +27 14 734 7700, Fax: +27 14 736 7001
    E-mail: reception@mabalingwecc.co.za, Website: www.zebula.co.za