The Mogalakwena Research Centre is a research entity situated on the Mogalakwena Reserve and was established in 2006 by Dr Elbé Coetsee and Dr Pete Laver to document, research and further understanding and knowledge in the fields of ecology, anthropology and social entrepreneurship. We strive to make our work useful to the greater scientific community and relevant to local stakeholders.


Students from the University of Queensland, Australia visiting the Research Centre.
An embroidered ethnographic art panel depicting Mapungubwe Hill.
Outdoor fire place at the Bush Camp.

We prioritize the continued integrity of the ecological and social systems, values and resources with which we work. One of our primary objectives is to facilitate research in our area by providing study opportunities, assisting with logistical and field support and by maintaining a research-friendly environment for students, researchers and volunteers.

Our field laboratory, research centre, eco-centre and craft art village are situated on the Mogalakwena River Reserve, 40km west of Alldays and 20km from the Botswana border. Researchers have access to 4000ha of Limpopo Sweet Bushveld on the Mogalakwena River Reserve and Mogalakwena Mountain Reserve.

You will find more information about the research centre and its internship and volunteering opportunities here.


The Research Centre provides the following facilities and resources for students, researchers & volunteers:

  • Accommodation – Bush Camp, River Lodge, Artist Retreat
  • Conference Centre
  • Eco-centre & project displays
  • Wetlab and research office
  • Craft Art Centre
  • Basic field equipment
  • Camera traps
  • Library

  • Desk space
  • Wireless Internet access at the Craft Art Village
  • Use of public computer/laptop for email purposes
  • Cell phone reception
  • Self-catering facilities and/or set meals
  • Laundry facilities
  • Transport provided once per week to do shopping