About the SCBC


The Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation is an independent research and conservation organisation based in the Soutpansberg mountains. We are currently looking for volunteers and interns to help with research in this region. 

The Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation was established in 2014 in order to catalogue the biodiversity of understudied animals in the region. As of August 2017 we are now hosted at and in partnership with Lajuma Research Centre located in the newly proclaimed Luvhondo Private Nature Reserve. 

Mount Lajuma on Lajuma Research Centre


The Soutpansberg Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation (SCBC) is an on-going and evolving project that aims to generate information on biodiversity in the Soutpansberg region of northern South Africa. The project’s primary objectives are to find and identify neglected, overlooked and understudied organisms in the Soutpansberg area; generating an inventory of species to assist researchers, conservationists, landowners and interested members of the public in understanding the richness of this ‘biodiversity hotspot’. Presently the SCBC has a strong herpetological emphasis: searching for these animals results in a lot of ‘by-catch’ and activities have grown to include: Theraphosidae (baboon spiders), scorpions, centipedes and fungi.


Flap-Necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis dilepis)

Lajuma Research Centre forms part of the Luvhondo Nature Reserve within the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. Located high up in the Soutpansberg, Lajuma contains a number of different habitats and beautiful mountainous scenes. Lajuma is also home to Mount Lajuma which contains the highest peak in the Soutpansberg at 1747m a.s.l. The reserve contains a remarkable diversity of plants, including a large number of endemics and rare and endangered species such as the Samango Monkey, Leopard and the Soutpansberg Rock Lizard. 



Samango Monkey at Lajuma Research Centre


A view from Mount Lajuma in the early hours of the morning

Netted Sylph (Metisella willemi)
Flat Dragon Lizard (Smaug warreni depressus)

View of mountain with Baobab (Adansonia kilima)


Acraea aglaonice
Thicktail Bushbaby (Otolemur crassicaudatus subsp. kirkii), a strange nocturnal primate.

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