Makuleke Wetlands declared a Ramsar Site

On the International Day of Biodiversity on May 22 this year, the environment and tourism department announced the Ramsar listing of a new Wetland of International Importance: the Makuleke Wetlands in the northern Kruger National Park.

The Makuleke Wetlands are part of the 24 000ha private Makuleke Concession in which Wilderness Safaris’ Pafuri Camp lies. The area designated a Ramsar site is 7 757ha and is, in the words of the Ramsar Convention, “an excellent example of a flood plain vieitype”.

Prominent features include riverine forests, riparian flood plain forests, flood plain grasslands, river channels and flood pans. Flood pans are depressions in the flood plains which are intermittently filled from floods and rains

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