What is a Wildlife Consession?
Zoned wilderness areas are very few and far between. The most important factors are that they are not developed with road networks and have no off road driving – making them completely wild and unspoilt – a pristine wilderness area may not even have an aircraft fly over it; we are however a primitive wilderness area which allows for only very well managed and supervised recreational use and very strict conservation ethics.
The animals in these areas are not habituated and there is no damage to nature. These areas are zoned in such a way either because they are fragile environments, contain rare species or simply because they are good grazing areas for game and so are the obvious choice to protect biodiversity for future generations. In our case it’s all three. It’s an excellent game grazing area, has sodic patches which make it fragile in terms of erosion, and have all of the following rare species seen intermittently:
- BLACK RHINO
- SABLE ANTELOPE (one of the biggest remaining herds in Kruger – if not the biggest, is seen drinking from time to time at our Sleep Outs waterhole)
- AARDVARK – rarely seen, but living on the eastern edge of our concession.
- GROUND HORNBILL nesting site
- YELLOW BILLED OXPECKER – we are used as a research site for this bird which is very rarely found in the southern part of the Kruger Park (they were originally considered extinct in 1920) – a real gem for birders.
We are able to drive on the boundaries of the concession, as well as one road that bisects the concession. All other driving takes place on Kruger Roads with a road network of 170km that we may use even after hours.
This gives us the advantage of having a much wider area to traverse as we are not confined to the concession area at night, and even have the opportunity to revisit kill sites where predators are feeding after hours when the public are back in their camps.