Mogalakwena River Reserve
The Mogalakwena River Reserve is a 4000ha privately owned game farm located about 30km from the small town of Alldays in the North Western part of the Limpopo Province. Mogalakwena Research Centre assists the reserve 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 reserve is divided into two properties namely The River Reserve (where the River Lodge, Bush Camp and Research Centre are located) and The Mountain Reserve.
The River Reserve has an alluvial landscape with fertile soil developing from recent superficial deposits, Karoo supergroups and the Limpopo Mobile belt. It supports grazing and browsing game and accommodates animals that prefer savanna and open lands. The Mogalakwena River runs through the reserve and is a biodiversity hotspot essential to energy/nutrient cycles within the landscape supporting distinctive riparian species and aquatic plants and wildlife. The Mountain Reserve consists of a rocky landscape comprising of large quartzite deposits. Its vegetation is made up of Mountain Syringa forests, Commiphora forests, ancient Baobabs, squat Elephant’s foot and Mountain figs. The Mountain Reserve best supports browsing game.
Altitude: 700m-1100m above sea level
Average rainfall: 350mm to 500mm per year
The reserve is transformed 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. 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 practised depends on the size of the game ranch or nature reserve; the smaller the area, the greater the intensity of wildlife management required.