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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The holistic approach
The recent Geology and Grasses field trip challenged participants to look at the natural environment broadly. On 25 February 2023, a group of seven set off to explore the geology and grasses of Verloren Valei. The field trip was led … Read More
Meet Patrick Serakwana, Verloren Valei’s current manager
With 34 years in nature conservation, Mr Serakwana brings both passion and dedication to the job. Patrick Serakwana was born in Naboomspruit in 1966 He began working in conservation in 1989 as a field ranger in the Department of Agriculture … Read More
World Wetlands Day 2023
Mpumalanga Wetlands Forum hosts event at Verloren Valei. World Wetlands Day is celebrated worldwide each year on 2 February to raise awareness about wetlands and the important environmental role they play. The theme for 2023 is “It’s time for Wetland … Read More