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

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Despite the challenges of 2020 relating to COVID-19, the Afromontane Research Unit (ARU), University of the Free State (UFS), has possibly had its best year since it was founded in 2015 – confirming its role as the flagship research group of the Qwaqwa Campus (UFS-QQ), as a strategic research hub at the UFS, and as a continental leader in African mountain research … Read more

ARU-related news articles:


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ARU and partners activities on video


Mountains speak - ARU Celebrates International Mountain Day

Witsieshoek Bioblitz 2: Changing of biodiversity

Witsieshoek Mountain, BIOBLITZ 3, 2023

The Peaks Foundation (South Africa): Non-profit developing young researchers and promoting science for sustainable futures.

Prof Peter Taylor from the UFS Department of Zoology and Entomology in conversation with Neil Middleton, Managing Director of BatAbility in the UK. Prof Taylor is also the ARU’s Professor in Residence.

A helicopter research trip (16 August 2021) over the Amphitheatre for the Afromontane Research Unit for future climate study projects.
Aerial footage of the Qwaqwa Malotis (Part 1)

Aerial footage of the Qwaqwa Malotis (Part 2)

Multidisciplinary alpine research with a biodiversity focus.

Drakensberg helicopter trip footage, 16 August 2021


Contact us

Sithando Jwara

Administrator: Afromontane Research Unit
Private Bag X13, Phuthaditjhaba, 9866, Republic of South Africa
T: +27 58 718 5271
C: +27 73 512 7671
E: JwaraS@ufs.ac.za