Introduction | Current Projects | Research & Facilities | Role of Science in Ezemvelo | Community Conservation

Protected areas conserve relatively pristine and intact natural systems thereby providing unique living laboratories for researchers to understand how species and ecosystems function and interact.

Their status as protected, lesser-disturbed, and stably administered sites with a well-documented history of management makes them particularly valuable for enquiry and their role in this respect will only increase as the remainder of the landscape becomes increasingly fragmented and impacted by the activities of humans.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (Ezemvelo) is increasingly enlisting the skills and talents of research partners to develop the scientific information needed to make effective biodiversity management decisions (applied research).
In addition, Ezemvelo has committed itself to making protected areas available for research that benefits science and society as a whole (including so-called 'academic research').
To facilitate these dual responsibilities - "parks for science” and “science for parks" – Ezemvelo is striving to make protected areas in KwaZulu-Natal more accessible to researchers.

Facilities

To promote research activities a number of research centres have been developed in key EKZNW protected areas across the province.

These research centres will assist researchers by providing accommodation, office and laboratory space, access to databases and other information, as well as logistical support (including, in some cases, field assistants).

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Research Centres:

Protected Area: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (Kamberg)
Name of Facility: MOOI RESEARCH CENTRE
Number of beds 18
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking Y (4)
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 033 239 1514

Protected Area: Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park
Name of Facility: HLUHLUWE RESEARCH CENTRE
Number of beds 24
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G, land line
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium Y
On site research staff Y
Cost (R/person/night) 30-55
Contact (phone number) 035 562 0606

Protected Area: IsimangalisoWetlandPark World Heritage Site (Mkhuze Game Reserve)
Name of Facility: MKHUZE RESEARCH CENTRE
Number of beds 5
Electricity Eskom with backup generator
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G, land line*
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium Y
On site research staff Y
Cost (R/person/night) 35
Contact (phone number) 035 573 9002

Protected Area: Tembe Elephant Park
Name of Facility: RESEARCH CAMP/ INSPECTION QUARTERS
Number of beds 15
Electricity Eskom with backup generator
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G, land line*
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium Y
On site research staff Y
Cost (R/person/night) 35
Contact (phone number) 035 592 0009

Protected Area: Isimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site (St. Lucia)
Name of Facility: ST. LUCIA SQUAREDAWEL
Number of beds 4
Electricity Eskom with backup generator
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G, land line*
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff Y
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 035 590 1436

Protected Area: Coleford Nature Reserve
Name of Facility: COLEFORD RESEARCH HOUSE
Number of beds 4
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 033 239 1514

Protected Area: Queen Elizabeth Park
Name of Facility: THE GREEN HOUSE
Number of beds 4
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G, land line*
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking Y
Access to field herbarium Y
On site research staff Y
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 033 845 1430

Protected Area: Ithala Game Reserve
Name of Facility: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Number of beds 2
Electricity Eskom & backup generator
Internet/email connectivity Land Line* Cell/3G Internet connectivity
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking Y
Access to field herbarium Y
On site research staff Y
Cost (R/person/night) To be announced
Contact (phone number) 034 907 5061

Protected Area: Emakhosini/Ophathe Heritage Park
Name of Facility: J.K. NGUBANE CENTRE
Number of beds 10
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 035 870 2050

Protected Area: Ndumo Game Reserve
Name of Facility: CROC CENTRE
Number of beds 5
Electricity Eskom & backup generator
Internet/email connectivity Land line*
Specimen freezer N
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff Y
Cost (R/person/night) 35
Contact (phone number) 035 591 0004

Protected Area: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (Royal Natal)
Name of Facility: THE DUMP
Number of beds 4
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G
Specimen freezer N
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) -

Protected Area: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (Royal Natal)
Name of Facility: THE PLET (MOBILE HOME)
Number of beds 18
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G
Specimen freezer N
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) -

Protected Area: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (Cathedral Peak)
Name of Facility: SQUAREDAWEL
Number of beds 18
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G, land line*
Specimen freezer N
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium Y
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 036 4881880

Protected Area: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (Monk’s Cowl)
Name of Facility: SQUAREDAWEL
Number of beds 2
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G, land line*
Specimen freezer N
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 036 468 1103

Protected Area: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (Highmoor)
Name of Facility: SQUAREDAWEL
Number of beds 2
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity None
Specimen freezer N
Covered parking N
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 033 2677240

Protected Area: uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site (Kamberg)
Name of Facility: SQUAREDAWEL
Number of beds 4
Electricity Eskom
Internet/email connectivity Cell/3G
Specimen freezer Y
Covered parking Y (1)
Access to field herbarium N
On site research staff N
Cost (R/person/night) 50
Contact (phone number) 033 267 7312

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