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Conservation

It is a prime importance to establish and maintain basic standards that protect both the environment and the community interacting with it without intervening with the natural flow of the environment and wildlife. It is important to resource management and environmental protection, which aims to understand the integral interrelationships of the reserve and the ecosystem to ensure sustainable development. Research of the eco-system ensures that the natural functioning of the reserve is not disturbed.

Kapama resources the guidance and support of Agricultural Research council (ARC) member, Dr Mike Peel, annually in aiding the Kapama management team with his dedicated research. Dr Peel has developed a research programme that benefits the management of wildlife in private reserves. This research stands as a basis from which the Kapama management team use to establishes its conservation strategy. To assess, monitor and evaluate activities that impact the environment and the community. These include the maintenance of the soil, grass, vegetation, carrying capacity and alien plants.

Kapama also protects the biodiversity on the reserve through the established Anti Poaching Unit (APU). Head of security and head of the APU, Albie Nel, and his dedicated team patrols the reserve daily, both on and off foot, in search of wildlife traps and poachers. Tracking dogs have also been trained in an effort to combat poaching.

In 2014 Kapama adjoined Timbavati and the renowned Kruger National Park. Over 400 hectares of game-rich land has been added to Kapama Private Game Reserve with the acquisition of a neighboring property, known as Mokwalo. The addition of this land into Kapama means the reserve now borders onto the iconic Timbavati Reserve and the renowned Kruger National Park - South Africa’s flagship wildlife reserve. Included in the acquired land is a portion of the perennial Klaserie River, which attracts abundant wildlife to the area.

Today, Kapama has over 32 000 Acres of Savannah and riverine forest. Kapama is a fenced reserve as well as the Kruger National Park. This is by no means to keep animals in but to safeguard and protect the animals from poachers as the reserve accommodates an independent natural ecosystem of plants and animals in their own free habitat. 

 Kapama’s green initiative includes solar heating, inverter air conditioning and heat pump technology - not only at the lodges, but also at the staff accommodation. Most recently, a recycling operation has been established, and all Kapama’s lodges separate and recycle waste at the reserve’s dedicated recycling plant, in accordance with set recycling standards. Wastewater is also being recycled for re-use. With advice from neighboring Kruger National Park, which has been purifying and reusing waste water for a long time, Kapama now follows the same practice and uses this purified water for irrigation at the lodges.

Kapama has an agreement with the Animal Production Institute of the Agricultural Research Council. It is Kapama's duty to monitor the natural resources on the reserve, to ensure a safe and sustainable environment and to preserve the wildlife habitat including the biodiversity on the reserve; after all it is one of South Africa’s greatest assets. (ARC).

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