SAPPI- Mooiplaas

Mooiplaas consists of nine farms that were bought from private farmers and exchanged with companies in the late 1970′s and early 1980′s. The plantation is subdivided into 5 blocks, namely A – E. The total area of the plantation covers 10 980 hectares, of which 6 500 ha are planted to eucalyptus, wattle and pine. The remaining 4 480 ha consists of the 1 140 ha natural heritage site in block C, the 1 200 ha site of conservation significance in block D, and the remainder under valley bushveld.

A total of 298 birds have been seen on Mooiplaas. Amongst these, are the following: Verreaux’s Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Southern Bald Ibis, Southern Ground Hornbill, Swee Waxbill and other bushveld and grassveld birds.


The Mooiplaas offices are in block A which is next to the tar road running from Melmoth to Babanango. From Melmoth, take the Babanango turn-off, approximately 4 km past Melmoth. On the Babanango road continue for 20 km and the offices will be found on the left hand side.

Additional Information

Sites of conservation significance at Mooiplaas are: Stan Hope Gold Mine, Verreaux’s Eagle’s nest, Nomisila Wetland, Mhlatuze Waterfall and Hillside. There is also a Natural Heritage site on Mooiplaas, 1100 ha in extent.


Martin Buchler