Author:Peter Chadwick

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Fynbos covered ridges of the Table Mountain National Park, overl

Cape Point – Table Mountain National Park

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...

Purple vygies, Namaqua National Park, Northern Cape, South Africa

Saving Stripes – The Cape Mountain Zebra

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...

A male Cape Sugarbird singing from the tops of pin-cushion flowe

Biodiversity importance of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

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...

Rolling hills and valleys of Namaqua National Park at dusk

Namaqua National Park

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...

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Robberg Nature Reserve

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...

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Goukamma Nature Reserve

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...

Breede River at Dawn in the Bontebok National Park

Bontebok National Park

Lying just off the N2 highway on the outskirts of Swellendam, the scenically beautiful Bontebok National Park comprises of open landscapes of pristine fynbos that are ringed by the distant Langeberg Mountains and the tranquilly flowing Breede River. Bontebok National Park may be the smallest national...

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The Agulhas National Park

The Agulhas National Park was originally proclaimed on the 23rd of September 1999 and started off as a 4 ha portion of land. It is situated at the southern-most tip of Africa where a rugged stretch of coastline has claimed many a ship through history....

African Bee feeding on the nectar of a Felecia echinata flower

Biodiversity Economy of the Cape Floristic Kingdom

Biodiversity in the Cape Floristic Kingdom (CFK) is worth vast amounts to the South African economy. The wild flower industry alone is worth R150 million per annum – 80% of this as foreign exchange. The Cape deciduous fruit industry, that is worth R1 billion per...