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1. INTRODUCTION The Table Mountain Fund (TMF) was established in 1998 with funds from local and international sources. TMF is a significant partner of C.A.P.E. (Cape Action for People and the Environment), the multi-stakeholder conservation partnership that drives fynbos conservation efforts. Furthermore, the fund aims...

Know your fynbos: Enamoured by everlastings

Have you ever thought it a little strange to hear hikers recounting beautiful ‘fields of Cape Snow’ in the middle of the Cape summer? Syncarpha vestita is indeed our very own form of ‘Cape Snow’ when, between the months of November and January,1 our mountainsides...

Know your fynbos: The private life of pelargoniums

Perhaps the most brilliant feature of pelargoniums is their aromatic scent. Sweet rose, citrus and peppermint are just some of the fragrances you’re likely to get a whiff of while walking through the fynbos with any of these bright, evergreen shrubs are around. Commonly known as...

Out the back door to Orange Kloof Tented Camp

‘We’re almost out of wood’, was the utterance from around the fire, followed by an anxious hush. Temperatures on the mountainside had plummeted when the sun set, and the embers were our only real source of heat. As we sought to hatch a plan as...

Know Your Fynbos: Secrets of Serruria

If Serruria doesn’t sound familiar to you, then the infinitely more romantic ‘blushing bride’ might. The Serruria genus (part of the Proteaceae family) boasts 55 species,1 of which the exquisite Serruria florida or blushing bride, is one.   Doting gentlemen and blushing brides The name ‘blushing bride’ is...

6 ways to green your holiday

Happy holidays! Think about your favourite thing to do over the festive season; then think about how you might be able to make it a little ‘greener’ this year. The planet needs some time-out too. Here are a few ideas to get us all started…   ...

#KnowYourFynbos: Gorgeous gladioli

A couple of months back, on a rainy-day hike in the Elgin area, I was lucky to put my foot down next to an exquisite flower called the Brown Afrikaner (Gladiolus maculatus). The buttercup-yellow and maroon-speckled treasure had popped up right in the middle of...

Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI)

In this month’s #TMFInTheField we introduce you to The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative (SCLI). The SCLI is all about enlarging the Southern Cape conservation footprint, by creating weed-free corridors and landscapes. Through the establishment of working relationships between landowners and land managers, who have an interest...