In 1990, The Viljoen’s had a grand vision for the creation of a sweeping nature reserve, and so a collection of poorly managed, overgrazed farms was purchased in the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site, and ChaZen (a name created by combining the names of the two brothers, Micha and Zen) was realised.

ChaZen’s primary mission – wildlife conservation – began with careful restoration of the land, applying practical approaches and methodologies for its rehabilitation, followed by the addition of a multitude of different species, each carefully selected for the quality of their genetics.  Over time, these species have thrived and have formed self-sustaining herds.

ChaZen Nature Conservation and Education Center was then created, an important resource to provide educational opportunities and activities, focusing on habitat restoration (and improvement) and to promote an understanding of the genetics of its resident species.

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