Medike Nature Reserve
South Africa’s Soutpansberg Mountains are noted for their high levels of species endemism and unique ecosystems. They form part of the core and buffer zone of the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve that also includes the northern Kruger National Park and Mapungubwe National Park and Cultural Landscape. Six different biomes are present on the mountains, namely forest, thicket, savannah, grassland, fynbos and wetland. All the vegetation types that occur along the Soutpansberg range are endemic to the Limpopo Province, or the Soutpansberg Mountains and have a relatively limited range.
Medike Nature Reserve is in the heart of the western Soutpansberg, in the Sand River Gorge. It spans over 1,400ha of largely pristine mountainous environment, and is a haven for biodiversity. The reserve boasts 58 butterfly species, 14 scorpion species, 16 amphibian species, 61 reptile species, 58 mammal species, 228 bird species and 236 tree species.
Through the generous support of the Roberts family in Australia, the EWT has taken the first step in our journey to protecting the unique landscape of the Soutpansberg. On 1 February 2018, the Medike property was officially transferred to the EWT, marking a new era for conservation in the Limpopo’s Soutpansberg Mountains, and the first property the EWT has ever owned.