Mundulea's dolomite, limestone and marble hills, adjacent to the Otavi Mountain range, are millions of years old. They are riddled with caverns and pot-holes, deep gorges and underground lakes. There are ancient Leadwood trees, Marulas, Wild Fig, White Syringa, Dombeya, Mearua, Carrot trees and Nettle trees. There are also countless species of aloe, acacia, fern, grewia and combretum.

The reserve itself is named after a beautiful purple flowering bush Mundulea sericea, favourite food of rhino, Eland and Kudu, and said to be possessed of healing and magical powers. When we established Mundulea nearly twenty years ago, there were very few animals to be seen throughout the reserve. Those that had survived decades of indiscriminate shooting, had literally taken to the hills. Over the years, their numbers have steadily increased in a protected habitat that was already ecologically well-suited to their needs.

In addition to those now stable and thriving populations, we have re-introduced a considerable number of species which would once have occurred here naturally. As a result, Mundulea's 120 square kilomteres are newly rich in indigenous game species, living largely undisturbed. After the damage they suffered due to 20th century farming and hunting practices, the area and its wildlife are flourishing once again.

Antelope species now include large herds of Eland, Wildebeest, Kudu and Oryx. Hartebeest, Dik Dik, Steenbok, Duiker and Warthogs are a common sight once more, while Springbok and Giraffe are fast becoming plentiful again. Some of our biggest successes to date are the reintroduction of the endangered Black Faced Impala, Roan Antelope, Tsessebe and Hartmann’s Zebra, whose increasing numbers bear testament to Mundulea's ideal conditions of sustaining habitat and minimal human interference.

Often-seen predators across the reserve include Leopard, Cheetah, Hyena, Honey Badgers, Jackal, Serval and Lynx. Aardvark, Aardwolf, Banded Mongoose, Meerkats and Pangolin are sometimes spotted. For bird enthusiasts, depending on the season, Mundulea offers some 260 species, including raptors and owls.

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