Taking down Fences

Unlike some other African countries, where there are few boundaries between human settlements and wildlife; fenced reserves are a way of life in South Africa, with all wildlife contained within either government or privately owned game reserves.

A few years ago Thanda Private Game Reserve doubled in size when it leased land to form the Mduna Royal Reserve; a beautiful undeveloped and mountainous piece of Zululand which borders the western side of Thanda. Whilst it has always been possible to traverse the two properties by road the majority of the boundary fence remained in place meaning that for the wildlife most of the movement was through small gaps in the fences or across grids.

Recently however the Ulwazi and Wildlife Team were ecstatic to be able to remove a significant portion of the boundary fencing and we are very excited to see how the wildlife takes advantage of these changes.