New Big Five hideaway in KZN

2014-05-26 20:41
A soon to be introduced young elephant in the  Mayibuye Reserve. (Mayibuye community game reserve)

A soon to be introduced young elephant in the Mayibuye Reserve. (Mayibuye community game reserve)

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Cape Town - KwaZulu-Natal will soon have a new Big Five game reserve.

Halfway between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the 4 600ha conservation project involving the local community will lead to the establishment of the Mayibuye Community Game Reserve in Camperdown.

For the first time in over a 150 years elephant will again roam wild within half an hour’s drive from KwaZulu-Natal’s major metropolitan areas.

Mayibuye is made up of land taken away in forced removals but successfully claimed back through the Land Commission by the 445 displaced members of the Mayibuye Community Trust.

The reserve will eventually stretch from Camperdown to Inanda Dam in the east and up to the Wartburg area in the north.   

Later this year, the perimeter fencing will be in place and game introductions will follow, with giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, kudu and other buck being the first species, followed by the big five.

The project will include three boutique lodges, 210 luxury houses as well as 120 additional units.

Mayibuye is the result of the belief of Lawrence Anthony, co-author of the book Elephant Whisperer, that game reserves in populated areas can only be sustainable with community involvement. 

In 2008, Peter Kennedy introduced Lawrence to the land-claim site.

They designed this pioneering project on the simple exchange, the community commits their land to conservation in return for education and opportunity.

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