"To rehabilitate the habitat of UmPhafa as an example of the region's previous natural condition through the management of indigenous flora and fauna in order to achieve a model of sustainable conservation for the development and promotion of environmental education"


Habitat loss is occurring at an alarming rate worldwide and Africa has not been spared from this devastation. It is vital for the conservation of biodiversity that natural ecosystems are protected and the role of the private sector in South Africa has been pivotal in securing land for wildlife. However, many private reserves are operated as commercial enterprises; for hunting, photographic safaris or the breeding of specialist animals for sale, and although this can bring many economic benefits to the country – both locally and nationally – this often remains, first and foremost, the priority concern and influences the way in which these areas are managed.

UmPhafa is a unique project. The primary goals remain focused on conservation, education and research. Management of the land facilitates a transition back to natural conditions but the long-term health is ensured through the knowledge gained from research. Through collaboration with other organisations UmPhafa endeavours to counter the effect of habitat fragmentation by enabling the management of species on a meta-population level. But it is through the promotion of these values through education and awareness programmes that the project will be sustained.   


Since its first conception, UmPhafa has seen the return of two large carnivores to the site through free migration; leopard and spotted hyena

Number of species offically recorded on Umphafa

Mammals 49
Birds 186
Reptiles 24
Amphibians 10
Trees 62