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MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Help create an enduring legacy by conserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the ecosystem through the astute and sustainable management of resources.
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BUSH BUDDIES PROGRAMME
Our conservation education initiative.
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CHEETAH INTRODUCTION
A joint programme with EWT to help protect this endangered species and assist the populations growth.
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SELATI WILDERNESS FOUNDATION

The ancient geological Murchison Greenstone mountain range provides a majestic northern backdrop to the Selati plains. The plains are bounded to the south by the Lillie Hills, home to the rare Encephalartos dyerianus cycad, the only known occurrence on Earth. 

The Selati Game Reserve takes its name from the Great Selati River which traverses the northern sector of the reserve from west to east. The river was named after the Seltai Gold Fields which was the scene of a nearby minor gold rush in 1865. The gold fields were names after Shalati, the female chief of the small Tebula tribe who lived in the bush around Murchison Range to the north of the area. The area encompasses around 300 square kilometers of pristine environment without any major commerical tourism facilites. This is a unique area which is largely undisturbed by human habitation. The challenge, whilst we are custodians of this area, is to continue to preserve it in its current natural state for following generations. 

The Selati Wilderness Foundation NPC recognises the value and the uniqueness of the Area, its historical position in the Lowveld as well as its geological, faunal and floral assets. The Foundation was established as a Non Profit Company to raise awareness and funds to retain and enhance these unique attributes in the longer term. 

COMMUNITY

Support for the local surrounding community in terms of bursaries for young students, infrastructural support of the local schools, and the establishment of the Bush Buddies programme.

CONSERVATION

Financial support for anti-poaching primarily focussed on the protection of the significant black and white rhino populations as well as support for the protection of the only known colony of the Encephalartos dyerianus cycad.

SUPPORT

Special support of endangered wildlife species present within the Selati Reserve area such as cheetah, black rhino, white rhino, and vulture populations, as well as the only known occurrence of a rare Cycad.

Help us make Selati a lifelong home to both elephants and biodiversity by donating to, or fundraising on our behalf for, the Giants of Selati Fund.

OUR VISION

To create an enduring legacy by conserving and enhancing the biodiversity of the

ecosystem through the astute and sustainable management of resources.

FEATURED PROJECTS

BUSH BUDDIES

Founded in 2016, the Bush Buddies initiative brings secondary school learners from disparate communities together for a year-long programme of learning and interaction…

GRAVELOTTE SCHOOL

The Selati WF is currently upgrading and renovating a hall to establish a new venue for Class RR students to enhance and extend the early learning program at the school…

CHEETAH INTRODUCTION

The re-introduction of cheetah to Selati has proved to successful. The original population had declined due to the numbers falling below sustainable levels…

ELEPHANT MANAGEMENT

From the initial introduction of elephants onto Selati in the late 90’s, the population have grown substantially to the present numbers of around…

CYCAD RE-ESTABLISHMENT

The Lillie Hills in the South of the Selati Game Reserve are home to the only population of Encephalartos dyeranious on the planet…

NEWS

WE NEED YOUR HELP

Without great people like you, our efforts are severly limited. We depend on donations to promote and advance conservation. Help to enhance biodiversity and create a better future in this unique ecosystem.