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South Africa Wildlife & Conservation

South Africa has one of the best wildlife and conservation policies in the world and proudly celebrated 100 years of wildlife conservation with the Centenary of the Kruger National Park in 1998. This significant achievement also highlighted the dynamic growth of the numerous South Africa private game reserves and small game lodges which have been established during the past 100 years. These areas have proliferated, and wildlife has been re-introduced into private game reserves and sanctuaries in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo Province, Mpumalanga, North West Province and more recently in the Western Cape.

South Africa Private Game Reserves

The first private game reserves in South Africa were incorporated to form the Sabi Sand Wildtuin in the 1950s, adjacent to the Kruger National Park. Other reserves that followed this example include the Timbavati further north. Today, both these reserves have been incorporated into the Greater Kruger National Park and the fences have been lifted allowing free movement of wildlife. The Addo Elephant National Park in the Eastern Cape has also been expanded to include the many neighbouring conservancies.

In addition, a growing number of conservancies throughout South Africa are ensuring the future of wildlife and conservation. Good examples of these are Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in Limpopo and Madikwe Game Reserve in the North West Province.

The Natal Parks Board also played a most significant part in the conservation of South Africa’s wildlife by saving the white rhino from extinction. Today the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park has been declared a World Heritage Site and the surrounding areas are being developed as private game reserves. South Africa has also entered into agreements with neighbouring countries to form several Trans-Frontier National Parks. Many of these exciting wildlife initiatives include working in conjunction with rural communities for the direct benefit of the community and the environment.