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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

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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

Lesotho: The road less cycled

The gruelling task of pushing our loaded bicycles up mountain pass after mountain pass left my cycle-virgin thighs trembling and sore. Despite the chilly autumn winds of the Mountain Kingdom, sweat dripped off my nose and chin and I feared my racing heart might beat right out of my chest. But I couldn’t stop, I was following adventurer Sean Fraenkel (Visit Sean’s Barking Mad website) and he set the pace. While I was an untrained amateur cyclist, Sean had already been cycling for over a month on the Spine of the Dragon, South Africa’s premier cross-country mountain biking route, as part of his Barking Mad campaign, an unsupported cycle across South Africa and Lesotho with his two dogs for charity. Sean had generously agreed to let me tag along for a leg in Lesotho, to learn some tricks of the cycling trade, assuming I could keep up.

Sean Fraenkel of Barking Mad

Barking Mad: a 4000km charity mountain bike tour with two Jack Russel terriers

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“The Forgotten Kingdom” one of 2013 Heartland’s Underrated Gems

Atang (Zenzo Ngqobe) is a young man who lives amongst the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg in South Africa. When his estranged father becomes seriously ill, he goes to visit him and by the time he arrives he learns his father has passed away. It is now his task to bury him in the remote and mountainous region of Lesotho where Atang was born and where his father had contracted HIV. Stirred by memories of his youth, Atang falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo (Nozipho Nkelemba), now a radiant teacher. Through Dineo, Atang becomes deeply in touch with the mystical beauty of the land and people he had long ago left behind. Read more

Controversial wind farm in Lesotho gets the go-ahead

The controversial wind farm proposed for Lesotho’s Maluti-Drakensberg has received the go-ahead from the Lesotho Government. Conservationists are concerned that this decision does not bode well for the future of vultures in the region or for the reputation of the fledging wind energy industry in southern Africa.

“Approval of the Letseng project is a source of great concern to BirdLife”, said Ken Mwathe, BirdLife International’s Africa Policy Programme Coordinator. “African governments must tread carefully on renewable energy projects by ensuring they do not threaten birds and biodiversity”.

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Christmas 2013: Caring for mums and babies in Lesotho.

A pregnant charity worker from London has experienced first-hand what the challenges are in pregnancy and birth for mums to be in Lesotho, Africa.

Katharine Hamilton visited St James’ Hospital in Mantsonyane

While six months pregnant with her third child, Katharine Hamilton, 43, visited St James’ Hospital, in Mantsonyane, Lesotho, to see its work with new mothers and their babies. The hospital is located high in the mountains of Lesotho where the temperature in winter is very cold, and the terrain is rough and barren. Read more

UNESCO adds Lesotho’s Sehlabathebe National Park on World Heritage List

The 37th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) inscribed the Sehlabathebe National Park of Lesotho on the World Heritage List on Saturday.

It was the country’s first property that won a place at the prestigious World Heritage List.

Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Sok An, chairman of the session, extended congratulations to Lesotho on the inscription of the mixed natural and cultural property of the Sehlabathebe National Park on the World Heritage List. Read more

Prince Harry returns to Lesotho for charity projects

Article originality appeared in a post by the BBC.

Prince Harry is making a return trip to the southern African kingdom of Lesotho where he has long-standing personal charity interests.

Prince Harry - Sentebale Charity

Prince Harry has made several trips to Lesotho where he takes an interest in charitable works

Seven years ago the prince helped set up a charity to support vulnerable children affected by HIV/Aids, working with the brother of Lesotho’s king.

Prince Harry will visit two local projects on Wednesday.

He will first go to a centre for the deaf near the capital Maseru then to a school for visually impaired children. Read more

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