S.A. Lombard Nature Reserve (SAL) is located 17km from Bloemhof, South Africa. The main function of the reserve is for ungulate game species. SAL was one of the earliest wildlife conservation research centres in South Africa and is credited with saving the black wildebeest from extinction in the wild. Black wildebeest have now been restored to reserves throughout South Africa from the small game stock which formed the nucleus of the recovery program. Today, the reserve is an important breeding centre for a number of plains animals, including springbok, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and zebra.
The reserve conserves open Kalahari grassland on an unusual 'intact' floodplain, and is the last one in the central South African region, as much of the surrounding floodplain and region has been mined. The western part of the reserve is dominated by Cymbopogon-Themeda veld. Viewing wildlife is made simple by the almost total lack of trees.
The reserve complex, including the research house, is located at the centre of the reserve. The house is pretty old and basic. It has 3 bedrooms, a living room and a kitchen, a bathroom (with bath tub), and a toilet with a shower in the lab area. Rooms have 8 proper beds and are not heated, but we have a couple of space heaters to warm up the kitchen in the morning.