The majestic Clanwilliam cedar tree: Why we owe it a second chance
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Not so long ago, I had the privilege of sitting in the dappled shade of a magnificent Clanwilliam cedar tree. The 12 o’clock sun was baking, and we were scrambling uphill, rock-hopping, missioning, endlessly, until among the stark, Cederberg sandstone came a brief moment of respite: a cool, flat rock under a mushrooming green canopy. Not many people know that … Read More

Marine Protected Areas within the Cape Floristic Kingdom
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The Cape Floristic Kingdom is blessed with some of the most diverse marine ecosystems on the planet. It is where the cold nutrient rich waters of the Benguela current upwell and mix with the warmer tropical Agulhas current. It is also where cold polar seas push northwards in huge storms during the winter months. Together these three ocean forces drive … Read More

The Himalayan Tahrs of Table Mountain
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Have you ever seen a peculiar, goat-like mammal trotting the slopes of Table Mountain? If so, you’ve stumbled upon the infamous Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), a large ungulate (“hoofed animal”) native to Northern India, Southern Tibet, China and Nepal (ref). The story of how these exotic, ‘wild goats’ found themselves on Table Mountain is a colourful one. Way back in … Read More

The secret garden: 6 special spots in Kirstenbosch
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Kirstenbosch is no secret, that’s for sure. It’s considered one of the great botanical gardens of the world and without a doubt one of the Mother City’s most popular tourist attractions. Despite the status and grandeur it’s built up over the years, if you spend some time exploring its deeper nooks and crannies, you’ll find a secret garden: a warren … Read More

Saving Stripes – The Cape Mountain Zebra
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The Cape Mountain Zebra’s entire population is restricted to the southern mountains of the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces and at the turn of the century the species was at the brink of extinction, reaching a total low population of around ninety animals in the 1920s. The reason for their decline in numbers was as a result of hunting, habitat … Read More

Biodiversity importance of the Cape Floristic Kingdom
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One of the key values of protected areas is to ensure that the biodiversity of a biome is protected and allowed to function in accordance with natural processes. The Cape Floristic Kingdom is the richest of the world’s six plant kingdoms, proportional to size, and is an epicentre of diversity and endemism. More than 9000 plant species occur in this … Read More

Cape Point – Table Mountain National Park
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Pristine fynbos in full spectacular floral bloom and a vista of views across False Bay and the Atlantic Ocean is just a fraction of what can be expected when visiting the Cape Point section of the Table Mountain National Park. With a number of day-walks that range between an hour and five hours in length and a good road network … Read More

Namaqua National Park
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Fields splashed with floral diversity and colours are ubiquitous with the Namaqua National Park, but this special gem of a biodiversity hotspot has so much more to offer! It lies within the heart of the succulent Karoo and is home to 134 vegetation types of which about 40% are endemic. Gradients change from the rugged yet picturesque coastline through to … Read More

Robberg Nature Reserve
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Often referred to as the Cape Point of the Garden Route, Robberg Nature Reserve lies on the edge of Plettenberg Bay and forms a long narrow peninsula that stretches out for approximately 4kms into the sea. The terrestrial section of the nature reserve is bordered by a productive and critically important marine protected area that hosts whales, dolphins, seals, sharks … Read More

Goukamma Nature Reserve
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Goukamma Nature Reserve covers an area of about 2500has with an additional 14km long marine protected area that extends for 1,8kms offshore. Located in the Southern Cape, Goukamma forms part of the suite of CapeNature managed reserves and despite its relatively small size, a variety of habitats (that includes the fresh water Groenvlei, a productive estuary, coastal dune forest and … Read More

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