Regenerative Cattle grazing project on Swebeswebe

In the later part of the 20th century, the Waterberg was still relatively unknown. Large predators roamed its valleys and plains, and herds of big game periodically entered the area seeking grazing and shelter. Then, as farming established the area’s economy, the herds gave way to cattle and crops. Tobacco became a popular cash crop […]

Rewilding the Waterberg

Rewilding is the new conservation science which holds that instead of preserving remnants of allegedly pristine areas to conserve iconic species, conservation efforts can be broadened to include repopulating, or rehabilitating areas and merging properties to revitalise ecosystems.  The concept of “Rewilding” is expanded in Jepson and Blythe’s book of the same name. They recount […]

Moving towards larger areas

Nature is critical for our survival. Terms such as biodiversity and ecosystem services have become more familiar phrases but are often viewed or understood as individual components because this is how humans learn best.  We break down difficult to understand concepts, learn about the components separately, and think we understand the system, but often do […]

Wild Dog Report

Two important meetings were held by Waterberg Wild Dog Initiative recently.  They are doing wonderful work.  For those that were not able to attend the meetings we provide a summary of the important issues that came out of each meeting. TOOG Area Wild Dog Community Meeting Saturday, February 18th at 13:00 Palm Park Hotel, Lephalale […]

Baboons in the Dust

Dr Rich McFarland directs the Swebeswebe Primate Project (SSPP) on the Swebeswebe Wildlife Estate in the Waterberg.  Richard is currently based at Nottingham Trent University in the UK and holds affiliate faculty positions at UNISA and the University of the Witwatersrand.  Rich has been studying South African primates since 2012 and following seven years working […]

LOOK OUT FOR: Queen of the night

This highly invasive plant Cereus jamacaru has been declared a category 1b species in terms of the Alien and Invasive Species Regulations (AIS), National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act (Act No 10 of 2004), which necessitates its control, or removal and destruction if possible. It is quite prolific in the Waterberg and needs to be irradicated

Ringing birds in the Waterberg

For the last 14 years a dedicated team from SAFRING and LEDET have been travelling to the Waterberg to spend a week each November capturing, collecting data, and ringing birds before re-releasing them. This data is sent to SAFRING to be inserted in the SA Ringing database.

A new home for rescued pangolins

Lapalala Wilderness is a conservation area in the Waterberg spanning 48,000 ha of breath-taking and diverse habitat. In a historic milestone, Lapalala was declared a formally protected nature reserve by LEDET in 2020, making Lapalala the largest privately owned nature reserve in Limpopo.

World class facility for the Waterberg

The official opening of the new Lapalala Wilderness School (LWS) took place in the Waterberg on Saturday 26 November 2022. It has been said by many that this magnificent facility is the best environment education center in the whole of Africa, if not the world!
The mission of the LWS is a noble one: “to help our children and young adults discover the value of biodiversity in our natural world and our place within it, and to identify and nurture Africa’s future conservation champions”.