Welcome To Zululand Rhino Reserve
The reserve lies within the Msunduzi valley in northern Zululand in the province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The area falls under the Mkuze Valley Lowveld vegetation type, varying from open Savanna thornveld, bushveld to riverine woodland, characterized by Acacia’s and Marula tree species. The reserve has over 70 Mammal species and an exceptional diversity of birdlife.
The Zululand Rhino Reserve was established in 2004 and comprises of 17 landowners who have dropped their internal fences to create a big 5, endangered species reserve. The WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project was the conduit for the formation of the reserve.
The Reserve was chosen as a release site for the WWF Black Rhino Range Expansion Project and in 2005 a founder population of black rhino were released into their new home. In 2009 the reserve was proclaimed as a Nature Reserve under the Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 acknowledging the reserve as a site of biodiversity importance that makes essential contributions to the conservation of species and habitats and is an important system that provides ecosystem services.
To develop a pristine protected area as a conservation site for indigenous and endangered species in northern Kwazulu-Natal.
To actively conserve the biodiversity of the reserve including the landscapes, ecosystems and processes upon which this biodiversity depends, in particular to actively promote the conservation of black rhino. To assist all members of the reserve to ensure the sustainable use of consumptive & non-consumptive resources.
Black Rhino Male after a mudbath on a hot Zululand day– ZRR May 2014
Maribu Stolks fanning their wings and enjoying the breeze– ZRR May 2014
Leopard having a quick drink under the fever trees– ZRR May 2014
3 Male lions laying low on a cold and windy winters day– ZRR May 2014
Two red billed oxpeckers with their intriguing eyes looking downward inquisitively
– ZRR May 2014
Hippo seen foraging, caught on a camera trap– ZRR May 2014
Contact our various lodges to find out what specials they currently have on offer.
Big 5 Walking Safaris
Africa on foot is something that nobody will forget. “Walk with one of our experienced guides as they lead you professionally through the African Bushveld. Encounter some of Africa's larger game like the BIG 5, Hyena, Hippo, Cheetah and get closer to some of the smaller animals, such as insects and reptiles”
The area is known for its diverse bird life, and is one of the top ten bird-watching areas in Southern Africa.
Over 450 species have been recorded and the bird watching is excellent all year round!
Day Tours include:
· Jozini Dam tiger fishing
· Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve
· uMkhuze Game Reserve
· Hippo and Croc tour in St. Lucia Wetland Park
· Whale watching (seasonal)
· Sodwana scuba and snorkel trips
· Cape Vidal beach
Art & Culture Tours include:
· Ilala Weavers
· Emdoneni Art Gallery
· Zamimpilo market
· Dumazulu cultural village
Educational Tours include:
· Emdoneni rehabilitation centre
· Elephant interaction
· Zulu Croc Reptile Centre
Adventure Ride a Hit!
The first day was a 40Km route which was fairly tough under the zululand sun, that night we had the band, No fly Zone, play for us. The second day was a much more relaxed 30km route through a tranquil riverine area.
Volunteers assisting the ZRR team!
Recently the Reserve had volunteers who assisted us with many of our day to day tasks. They got the chance to take part in monitoring cryptic species with camera traps, waterhole counts, rhino monitoring, soil erosion control, painting and cleaning a community Creche as well as helping record data at a rhino dart. This is when we dart a rhino to immobilize it so that we are able to notch the ears, we do this so that each rhino is individually recognizable for monitoring purposes as well as Inserting Microchips, this is for the purposes of identifying horns that may be poached and to Id the body of a rhino, this allows us and police to track down the origin of a horn if found in Johannesburg international airport for example. After the procedure the rhino stands up unharmed.
We went on many game drives seeing Black rhino, Lions, Elephants, Hippo, buffalo and much more, only leopard eluding us of the big 5.
We loved having our volunteers and look forward to the next group!Read more...
Wind: 25.75 km/h