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Creation of new nature reserve protects important bird habitat in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is celebrating the publication of the Notice of Intent to Declare the Beaumont Nature Reserve in the Swartberg region of KwaZulu-Natal.  

Southern Bald Ibis 

“The proposed Beaumont Nature Reserve is 1050 ha in size and forms part of the Thule Conservancy, which was created in 2012 ,” said Cobus Theron, the EWT’s African Crane Conservation Programme’s Southern Drakensberg / East Griqualand Stewardship Facilitator.

“Many of the properties in the conservancy will also be proposed as Nature Reserves or Protected Environments in the near future. Nature Reserve status represents the highest category in the Biodiversity Stewardship Programme and the Beaumont Nature Reserve will become the first declared nature reserve that EWT has negotiated.”

The Biodiversity Stewardship Programme is a national governmental initiative that aims to complement the expansion of protected areas in the country with particular focus on private and communal land. The programme, which is a process that landowners voluntarily enter into, consists of legally binding agreements with government to enter their land into the protected area network and manage it for biodiversity.

The programme also allows for legal recognition, assistance and improved management where landowners are committed to conservation on their land. Currently the EWT is promoting and implementing the programme in the Southern Drakensberg, East Griqualand and Mpumalanga regions with the aim of securing valuable habitat for cranes.   

The declaration of the Beaumont Nature Reserve will afford the property the same status and protection as any other national or provincial nature reserve. In addition, Beaumont Nature Reserve may qualify to be incorporated in to the Maluti World Heritage Site.    

According to Theron, “The announcement of the Intention to Declare is exciting news for the EWT due to the importance of this reserve.” Beaumont Nature Reserve consists mostly of scenic, mountainous terrain and is considered one of the upper catchment sources for the Umzimvubu River – the largest undammed river in South Africa. 

“It provides valuable habitat and foraging grounds for species such as grey crowned cranes, secretary birds, southern bald ibis and a variety of antelope including grey rhebok and common reedbuck. Both cape and bearded vultures are regularly seen soaring over the farm and there are unique examples of rock art on the property.”  

Furthermore, the property is of strategic importance as it will contribute to conservation efforts to expand the Maluti Drakensberg World Heritage Site in KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho westwards towards the Eastern Cape Border. It will also safeguard valuable catchment services, feeding many of the wetland systems in the Cedarville Flats and ensure the protection of biodiversity and cultural assets.

 

Article courtesy of www.wildlifeextra.com

Well on our way and looking good

Maliba Construction Progress

The past few months have seen a huge amount of hard work going into the construction of our new building. The staff have taken extra care to ensure that the construction does not create a disturbance for our guests, ensuring those visiting Maliba experience the lodge as peacefully as imagined. The building is looking good and attention is beginning to turn upwards while we watch with much anticipation and excitement as the new roof forms.

The start of the roof, with half the poles secured.

The start of the roof, with half the poles secured.

Pole by pole, the form is beginning to show, giving a great preview into the final building.

A look at the building progress from inside.

A look at the building progress from inside.

With the window frames in position everything is coming together.

A sneak peak into the final building.

A sneak peak into the final building.

The roof is now close to complete, looking great and soon be thatched, we are well on our way to being able to boast a fantastic new building!

The well on its way and looking good.

The well on its way and looking good.

 

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Tourism projects in Lesotho seek investors

 

Tourism projects in Lesotho seek investors

Boundless Southern Africa is looking for investors for multi-million tourism projects located in a conservation area.

Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area

Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area, which is spans parts of South Africa and Lesotho has six tourism projects that require funding. These are, Sehlabathebe National Park Mountain Resort, Sehlabathebe National Park Environmental Education Centre, Bokong Nature Reserve, Mohale Village, Afri-Ski Leisure Kingdom and Katse Tourist Village. Read more

The Mountain Kingdom Awaits

Lesotho Ultra Trail

The Mountain chalets at Maliba

The Mountain chalets at Maliba

Set in the heart of the Maluti Mountain Range of north-eastern Lesotho lies a unique ultra distance footrace, a new challenge awaiting those seeking to push their boundaries and exceed their expectations of what it’s like to be a skyrunner.  Read more

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