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Somkhanda Game Reserve is a community-owned reserve in the heart of KwaZulu Natal, with an extraordinarily high population of leopard, and aims to restore 16,000 hectares into a vibrant wildlife habitat for wildlife conservation.

Situated in Northern Zululand, this 12,000 hectare community-owned game reserve forms part of an important conservation corridor between the Zululand Rhino Reserve and Pongola Game Reserve, particularly for the endangered black rhino and wild dog. Somkhanda is home to white and black rhino, impala, greater kudu, giraffe, and an extraordinarily high density of leopard compared to any other reserve in Africa.

The establishment of Somkhanda Game Reserve has come about through the consolidation of a number of privately owned properties that were awarded to the Gumbi Community through South African’s land restitution process. As a result of the far sighted leadership of the Gumbi community, the support of Wildlands Conservation Trust, World Wildlife Fund, KZN Wildlife, and Wildlife Act, 12,000 hectares of prime Zululand bushveld is now dedicated to wildlife conservation and eco-tourism.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: white rhino, black rhino, leopard, wild dog, nyala
  • Where: KwaZulu Natal, South Africa