Maremani Nature Reserve

Maremani Nature Reserve

In northernmost South Africa close to the Limpopo River, which is the frontier to Zimbabwe, the Aage V. Jensen Charity Foundation has since 1999 developed a nature reserve of 38,000 ha.

Through the acquisition of a number of arid hunting and infertile farming areas it has become possible to let the natural animal life of the wooded savannah regenerate in a large continuous natural area without internal fences, but with watering holes and secure habitats.

Upon thorough studies of the viability of the area, numerous large herbivores have been re-introduced, i.a. black and white rhino, elephant, roan antelope, sable antelope and the special Central and South African Lichtenstein’s hartebeest.

Maremani Nature Reserve maintains good populations of most of the large carnivores on the African continent: leopard, wild dog, spotted and brown hyena, side-striped jackal and black-backed jackal. Now and then a cheetah is seen, and in one area of the reserve a reintroduction of lions is planned in connection with a science project for young researchers and students.

Many scientists and experts have contributed to planning the nature reserve. The management is supervised by one of South Africa’s most recognised nature experts, Dr. Salomon Joubert, former director of Kruger National Park, who contributes to securing the contact with students and scientists who visit Maremani.