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.
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 ...Find out more
This low-veld Big 5 reserve is set within the Greater Kruger Area, meaning that it’s land is open with that of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and animals can move freely between the two. Students here will be staying at Struwig Eko-reseervat right on ...Find out more
With access to over 18.500 ha of low-veld habitat, Dinokeng Game Reserve is our largest research site in South Africa. It is situated just 40km north of the financial capital of the country – Pretoria. Dinokeng offers a novel model for South African conservation as it ...Find out more
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 ...Find out more
Opwall teams began working in Royal Jozini Big 6 Game Reserve (Jozini, for short) in 2016, when our study elephants that were previously based in South Africa broke free across the border to Swaziland. Luckily, our research teams were able to move with them, which has ...Find out more
Swaziland is one of the smallest countries in Africa, being land-locked between South Africa and Mozambique it is no more than 200km from north to south. It is home to the last absolute monarchy in Africa, and more than half of its land is ...Find out more