Education aims

"To work together with the local community for the benefit of both wildlife and people"


With any good conservation initiative comes a strong education programme. UmPhafa works closely with the local community to deliver an education programme alongside its conservation work on the reserve in order to promote the values of reserve and to ensure the long-term sustainability of the project.

UmPhafa has several education goals:   

* To give local children the opportunity to learn about the indigenous wildlife in their area   

* To educate the local community on new findings and their implications from relevant research undertaken at Umphafa.   

* To create an educational facility on the reserve where we can bring local school groups to learn about conservation of the habitat and animals within the area. 

* To raise awareness of the endangered status of many species found at UmPhafa.   

* To raise awareness of the problem of introduced non native plants and how to control them.   

* To raise awareness within the local community of the conservation issues facing many species in their region and practical action which can minimize their impact on wildlife populations.

UmPhafa is located in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountain Range, a world heritage site

Number of species offically recorded on Umphafa

Mammals 49
Birds 186
Reptiles 24
Amphibians 10
Trees 62