Zululand Rhino Reserve

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Zululand Rhino Reserve, KwaZulu Natal

The Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, was created in 1995 in a strategic partnership between the World Wildlife Fund, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and property owners, to provide a haven for the fast dwindling black rhino population. This has culminated in the creation and preservation of 23 000ha of unique habitat that is fast disappearing in the rest of Africa. Zululand Rhino Reserve has now become the new home for a significant black rhino population. The founder population introduced into the reserve will form a breeding pool from which the black rhino, which is 1 of the 10 most endangered mammals in the world, can recover and increase in number.

The Zululand Rhino reserve has been declared an international site of ecological significance not only due to the Black rhino population but due to the other unique species of birds, insects and plants that occur in the reserve.

The Rhino reserve is home to a wide variety of animal species including black and white rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, nyala, blue wildebeest, warthog, impala, kudu and other smaller antelope. Rare species occurring in the reserve are hyaena, suni and leopard.

The aim of the Black Rhino Range Expansion Project is to increase numbers of black rhino by increasing the land available for their conservation, thus reducing pressure on existing reserves and providing new territory in which they can breed up quickly.

Black rhino, which used to be the most numerous rhino species in the world, became critically endangered following a catastrophic poaching wave in the 1970s and 1980s which wiped out 96% of Africa's wild black rhino population in just 20 years. At the lowest point, there were just 2500 black rhino left. Thanks to intensive protection efforts by organizations like Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, that number has gradually increased to around 3600. Security is one part of the solution. The other part is ensuring that black rhino numbers keep increasing. This project is a bold move aimed at stimulating rapid population growth of the critically endangered species.

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Game Lodges in / near to Zululand Rhino Reserve

Bayete Zulu Game Lodge

Being one of the most densely stocked reserves in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, a drive with one of our knowledgeable field drivers is guaranteed to be an adventure. Come watch our hippos wallow, while ...

Leopard Mountain Game Lodge

Four star multiple award winning game lodge, situated within the 23 000ha Zululand Rhino Reserve, thatched stone chalets provide stunning views, peace and tranquility. Join our Big 5 game drives through pristine wilderness with abundant game including ...

Abu Madi Game Ranch

The Msegane river meanders scenically through the reserve and offers excellent bird and game watching opportunities. The riverine bush provides a habitat for the shy bush buck and suni as well as pink throated twin ...

Rhino River Lodge

All our activities are led by an experienced game ranger in an open 4x4 vehicle. Common sightings at Rhino River Lodge include white rhino, buffalo, giraffe and zebra as well as a myriad of plains ....

ZenZulu Lodge

ZenZulu, in the heart of Zululand’s Elephant Coast, is a safari destination like no other. We offer remarkable game-viewing, rich biodiversity, comfortable, spacious accommodation, all within a quiet atmosphere which encourages the keen observation of nature for ...

African Spirit Game Lodge

African Spirit Game Lodge, situated 12 km’s west of Mkuze, invites guests to experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is personally managed by the owners and is magnificently set in the heart of Zululand. The lodge which is situated within the Zululand Rhino Reserve ...

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Accommodation nearby

For accommodation nearby and bordering the reserve, see these towns:
• Eshowe • Hluhluwe • Mtunzini • Paulpietersburg • Pongola • Pongolapoort
• Richards Bay • Rorkes Drift • Vryheid

Or to see all towns bordering the reserve at once, visit Zululand accommodation options.

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Zululand Rhino Reserve in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
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