Zululand Rhino Reserve

Zululand Rhino Reserve was created in 1995 in a strategic partnership between the World Wildlife Fund, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and property owners

KwaZulu Natal Game and Nature ReservesThe Zululand Rhino Reserve

Zululand Rhino Reserve has become the new home for a significant black rhino population.

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.

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.

Recommended Accommodation in Zululand Rhino Reserve

Leopard Mountain Game Lodge


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Rhino River Lodge


At Rhino River Lodge, the theatre of nature comes to life in vivid, startling colour. Scout white rhino and elephant, glimpse the reclusive black rhino slipping through the riverine bush; hear the prowling leopardís rasping nigh-time cough; delight...

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ZenZulu Lodge


ZenZulu, in the heart of Zululandís Elephant Coast, South Africa, is a safari destination like no other. Itís an easy 3 hour drive from Durban. We offer remarkable game-viewing, rich biodiversity, comfortable, spacious accommodation, all within a quiet...

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African Spirit Game Lodge


African Spirit Game Lodge is a Big 5, privately owned game lodge situated 12 kmís west of Mkuze within the Zululand Rhino Reserve. We invite guests to come and experience true luxury and warm African hospitality. The lodge is magnificently set in the heart...

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