Area Programme

The Protected Area Programme focuses on the establishment, development and management of new wildlife reserves and ecosystem rehabilitation, with an emphasis on corridors and linkages between protected areas.
Wilderness Foundation Northern Cape Protection

Northern Cape

Land Project

The Northern Cape Land project, funded by WWF South Africa through the Leslie Hill Succulent Karoo Trust (LHSKT), is a multi-phased land protection programme to assist the Northern Cape Province and SANParks in implementing their Protected Area Expansion Strategies by securing land through the implementation of Biodiversity Stewardship and Land Purchase.

Contact: Kerry Purnell (Project Manager: Northern Cape Land Project),

Plains of Camdeboo

Private Nature Reserve

The Plains of the Camdeboo Private Nature Reserve is situated in the Great Karoo region in the south-east interior of South Africa, north of the town of Pearston in the Eastern Cape Province. It covers 8,827 hectares. The primary aim of the reserve is to conserve, and where necessary, restore the natural landscape and its constituent habitats, species, ecological process and cultural heritage.

Contact: Angus Tanner (Senior Manager: Conservation Programme),

Succulent Karoo

Protected Areas World Heritage Site

Completing the process to have the Succulent Karoo Protected Areas nominated as a World Heritage Site.

This two year project is aimed at completing and submitting the nomination dossier to get the Succulent Karoo Protected Areas nominated for World Heritage status under Criteria (ix) and (x) and added to the IUCN World Heritage List.

Contact: Matthew Norval (Chief Operations Officer: Conservation),

Lower Gariep

Conservation Corridor

The Lower Gariep Conservation Corridor Planning Phase is a one year project that will result in a full multi-year project plan to expand the Augrabies Falls National Park downstream to Onseepkans, Pella and beyond. The mechanisms to build this corridor could include Biodiversity Stewardship, purchase and other partnership options on both sides of the Gariep River including in Namibia. This project is funded by Millennium Trust. 

Contact: Matthew Norval (Chief Operations Officer: Conservation),

Forever Wild

Succulent Plant Protection Initiative

Buffering South Africa’s unique succulent species from the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade.

The aim of this project, supported by IUCN Save Our Species and co-funded by EU International Partnerships, is to pilot emergency conservation interventions for succulent species in the Succulent Karoo Biome of South Africa.

Supported by IUCN Save Our Species, co-funded by the European Union

Contact: Christine Roets (Senior Manager: Conservation Operations),


Improving knowledge and management of ocean noise in South Africa.

The SoundSeas Fund has recently been established to support the development of a new project, SoundSeas, which seeks to improve understanding of ocean noise in the waters surrounding South Africa.

The main objectives of the SoundSeas Project are to:  1) map the South African marine soundscape to provide an overview of key contributing sectors and areas exposed to the greatest levels of noise pollution; 2) produce a map of noise-sensitive areas to prioritise areas for management and protection, 3) identify knowledge gaps and catalyse research to address the most important research priorities that can address the key knowledge gaps which currently limit effective governance.

Contact: Christine Roets (Senior Manager: Conservation Operations),


Photo Credit: Georgina Jones


Conservation Area

The Eastern Cape is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, housing seven different biomes and a high proportion of endemic species.

Tanglewood Conservation Area is within the “Bushman’s River Corridor” in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, and focuses on restoration and research of ecological infrastructure and the benefits this holds for ecosystem-based adaptation and that supports sustainable development by improving climate change resilience for both ecosystems and communities. This forms part of a broader vision to link Addo Elephant National Park to the Great Fish River Nature Reserve through the formation of connected conservation land via a series of biodiversity and nature corridors and the expansion of protected areas.

Contact: Christine Roets (Senior Manager: Conservation Operations),