Wildlife management has two important functions, namely conservation and preservation, each of which are distinct concepts with their own inherent responsibilities and purposes. Wildlife management as a holistic practice is considerate of both these functions (Thomson 1992). Wildlife management becomes necessary as soon as an area is demarcated as a unit on a map. The intensity of management practiced depends on the size of the game ranch or nature reserve; the smaller the area, the greater the intensity of wildlife management required.
The Mogalakwena Game Reserve is a 4000ha privately owned game farm located 40km from the small town of Alldays in the North Western part of the Limpopo Province.
The reserves are located on two farms namely:
- The River Reserve (where the River Lodge, Bush Camp and Research Centre are located)
- The Mountain Ranch
• Alluvial landscape with fertile soil developing from recent superficial deposits, Karoo supergroups & the Limpopo Mobile belt
• Supports grazing & browsing game and accommodates animals that prefer savanna and open lands
• Distinctive riparian species and aquatic plants & wildlife.
• The Mogalakwena River is a biodiversity hotspot & essential to energy/nutrient cycles within the landscape
• Rocky landscape comprising of large quartzite deposits
• Vegetation: Mountain Syringa forests, Commiphora forests, ancient Baobabs, squat Elephants foot and Mountain fig.
• Best supports browsing game
Altitude: 700m-1100m above sea level
Average rainfall: 350mm to 500mm per year
The Reserves are under transition from past cattle and crop farming to present-day game farming. Due to the size and previous farming activity on the reserves, an active wildlife management approach that involves the manipulation of game and their habitat is required.
Mogalakwena Research Centre assists the reserves through providing scientifically based information through projects and research. The information provided will enable the property owners and Reserve managers to make informed management decisions to ensure a holistic practice considering both conservation and preservation of wildlife and their habitat.
The Mogalakwena Reserves are home to a large variety of fauna and flora.