Welcome to the Afromontane Research Unit: A continental leader in African mountain research....

The ARU is an active member of the International Mountain Society (https://www.mrd-journal.org/international-mountain-society/) and also actively engages with the following international mountain groups:


The ARU has active research projects with a wide range of local and international partners:

  • South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON).
  • South African National Parks (SANParks).
  • Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife/uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Centre for Biological Control and Centre for Invasion Biology.
  • Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Pretoria, Venda, and Witwatersrand; Rhodes, and Stellenbosch Universities.
  • United Nations University.
  • Eurac Research.
  • African Mountain Research. 

Contact us

Dr V Ralph Clark 
Director: Afromontane Research Unit
       T: +27 58 718 5407
         E: ClarkVR@ufs.ac.za

Lethiwe Sokhela 
Assistant Officer: Research Development

       T: +27 58 718 5292
             E: SokhelaLN@ufs.ac.za

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