South Africa occupies the southern-most tip of the African continent and as such supports a huge diversity of flora and fauna. Once named as the sixth most important biodiversity hotspot in the world, it is home to over 850 birds species and 9% of the world’s plant species. But it’s high density and diversity of large mammal species is what most people recognise this area for. A combination of national park and privately-owned reserves have protected and nurtured these species, and now tourists from all over the world flock to catch a glimpse of the notorious Big 5 – lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo.

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  • Sodwana Bay

    Our only marine site in South Africa, Sodwana Bay offers an excellent training ground for future marine scientists. While we don’t currently have active research at this site, the huge diversity of marine life that can be observed here make it perfect for ...

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  • Gondwana

    Gondwana Game Reserve is unique among our South African research sites as it is in the Western Cape on the south coast of the country. The habitat and climate here are very different to our other research sites as the reserve falls within the ...

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  • Somkhanda

    Somkhanda Community Game Reserve is a community owned Big 5 game reserve that stretches across 12 000 hectares of natural Zululand Bushveld. Becoming a Nature Reserve officially in 2011, the reserve is also home to critically endangered black rhino and critically endangered African wild dog. Somkhanda Community Game ...

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