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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...

Carrel’s Ledge: Table Mountain’s most adventurous traverse!

On considering whether to attempt Table Mountain’s notorious Carrel’s Ledge, a quick Google search revealed a collection of blogs that described the traverse as awesome, breathtaking, extremely exposed, challenging, crazy, terrifying and exhilarating. Naturally, it had to be done. We chose a hot, December day for our...

Spekboom: Miracle plant and superfood

In case you were wondering, it doesn’t taste like bacon. Contrary to its colourful Afrikaans name, Spekboom (literally translated to ‘bacon tree’) is a lush, emerald succulent plant with juicy, round leaves and an unmistakable, lemony flavour. It grows naturally in the Western Cape and...

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...

Dreaming of a White Christmas … in South Africa?

Actually this is not beyond the realms of possibility… I recently read that in 1957, when I was not quite two years old, it snowed on Table Mountain on Christmas Day! (ref) While I don’t remember that Christmas day back in 1957, or if it did...

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...

Making KOS: Exploring indigenous plant foods with Loubie Rusch

We have become increasingly removed from the concept of foraging for food as we’ve evolved to rely on planes, trains and automobiles to deliver our food to us, often from halfway across the world. Foraging requires an alternative mindset, focused on the indigenous resources that we...

Festive Fynbos: Deck the halls with boughs of fynbos

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree … When I was a child we lived in Namibia, it was before the days of artificial Christmas trees, and pine trees were simply not available, so for Christmas my parents brought in a branch of the indigenous South African...

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...