The Karkloof Conservancy covers an expanse of about 40,000 hectares in the Karkloof, KwaZulu-Natal. Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife has identified the Karkloof as being of significant value in terms of conservation and has earmarked it as a “biodiversity hotspot”. The area includes pristine wetlands, mistbelt grasslands and huge tracts of mistbelt forest, which are all protected biomes. Numerous endemic and near-endemic species of fauna and flora thrive in this unique environment.
We are able to conserve the Karkloof through the following projects:
- Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife's Biodiversity Stewardship Programme.
- Endangered Wildlife Trust's Custodianship projects for the protection of endangered species and their biomes.
- Birdlife SA's Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) project.
- Our partnership with the Wildlands Conservation Trust, who have secured 3,275ha of land in the Karkloof for the conservation of biodiversity.
- WWF's Water Resilience Project with landowners, farmers and foresters to protect our rivers and wetland systems.
Landowners hold the trump card in the proliferation of our precious biodiversity, and it is our role to help where there is some ignorance, encourage and assist where there is uncertainty, and to exercise influence on as many people as possible, to ensure the future of our threatened populations.
- Annual Game Counts
- No Till Farming
- Invasive alien plant (IAP) eradication
- Inspiring others through monthly sightings newsletters
- Crane Conservation
- Protecting the Karkloof Blue Butterfly and other endangered fauna and flora
- Opposing harmful threats to the Karkloof and registering as an interested and affected party. This includes Eskom powerlines that would pose threats to our crane populations, housing developments and the N3 bypass that would tear through one of the last remaining Karkloof Blue Butterfly colonies.