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Ligwalagwala Conservancy, Komatipoort, Mpumalanga

A lion cub enjoying the freedom of the Ligwalagwala conservancyThe Ligwalagwala conservancy was formed as part of a co-operative effort to reintroduce lions into smaller reserves in Mpumalanga. The 15000ha reserve combines a group of privately owned farms belonging to the local Matsamo community, and as such forms part of an economic upliftment program for this community.

The reserve was first used as part of a project to reintegrate a pride of lions that had escaped from the Kruger National Park, into their natural environment. The reserve monitored the success of their release into their natural environment. Today, the reserve serves the same purpose. The majority of the animals here are ‘problem’ animals, mostly for killing farmers livestock, and are given a second-chance to live freely in their natural habitat.

Other big game in the reserve includes leapord, rhino and buffalo. The reserve offers the nature lover a true bush experience, and rivals other lion conservancies such as Timbavati in the Kruger National Park and Sabi-Sabi.

Getting there: from Gauteng, take the N4 going East into Mpumalanga. Continue on the N4 through Nelspruit. After the town of Malelane, take the R570 turn off going South. The entrance to the conservancy is on your right-hand side along this road.

More info on the town of Malelane More info on the Lowveld area