Zigzag Crocosmia along the banks of the Lunsklip (Photo by Vanessa Yelseth)
Zigzag Crocosmia along the banks of the Lunsklip (Photo by Vanessa Yelseth)

Verloren Valei is a small but internationally recognised high-altitude wetland some 12 kilometres north-east of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Four rivers rise in the reserve, and it is famous for its abundant flora, most notably its wild orchids. Two species of butterfly are endemic to the reserve. Because of its ecological importance, pristine state and fragility, the Reserve is managed as a Remote Conservation Zone. The reserve is closed and can only be visited by appointment.

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The Friends of Verloren Valei is a group of volunteers whose primary aim is to support the reserve management in conserving it as a wetland and biodiversity reserve in pristine condition for future generations to enjoy. We undertake a range of projects aimed at supporting the management plan as agreed with the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency, which manages the Reserve.

By joining the Friends of Verloren Valei you will contribute to protecting this important national asset.

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Verloren Valei locality map
Verloren Valei locality map



What’s in a name?

DNA technology is changing the way plants—and especially orchids—are named, as the cases of Orthochilus aculeatus subsp. aculeatus and subsp. huttonii demonstrate. By Gerrit van Ede In the botanical world, name changes occur reasonably frequently due to a number of … Read More

Lessons from Botswana?

An academic paper about the effects of the ban on safari hunting in Botswana could have some lessons for us at Verloren Valei. By James van den Heever A recent paper by Joseph Mbaiwa in the South African Geographical Journal … Read More


One of the founders of Friends of Verloren Valei dies It is with a very sad heart that we announce the passing of Bill Mincher, one of the founding members, and for a long time the treasurer, of Friends of … Read More