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This beautiful map of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve has been painted by Frans Groenewald. Please contact our office for more info at admin@kbrc.org.za or 076 494 5706

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve map painted by Frans Groenewald

Gold and RHS President's Award at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017!

Designer David Davidson and Johan West with a model of the display

 
On 23 May a media release by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) stated that the "team at the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Chelsea Flower Show were jumping for joy this this morning when they learned that they had won South Africa's 35th gold medal in 42 years of exhibiting at the prestigious show". In addition to the gold medal, they were also awarded the RHS President's Award.
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Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Just an hour out of Cape Town at the southern tip of Africa, lies an area of such natural beauty and floral diversity as to be recognized as perhaps world's greatest biodiversity hot-spot. Size for size, the 100,000 hectare UNESCO designated Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is home to the most complex biodiversity on our planet with more than 1,880 different plant species ... the next richest is the South American rainforest with just 420 species per 10,000 square kilometers!

Biosphere reserves are 'new concept' reserves: no fences to keep 'people' out and 'nature' in. It is the commitment of local communities, farmers, conservation agencies and local government that protects the magnificent landscapes and unique biodiversity.

The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve begins in the Atlantic Ocean, 7.5 km off a rugged, rocky shore interspersed by glorious, golden sandy beaches. A zig-zag ribbon of narrow coastal plain is squeezed between the ocean and huge sandstone mountains. Contorted by their tumultuous birth some 300 million years ago, these awesome folded mountains and highland valleys are home to the more than 1,880 different species of plants. Seventy seven (77) species within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve occur nowhere else on earth. To put this in perspective, the whole of the UK has just twenty two (22) endemics.

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Explore nature at its best.

The biosphere reserve is a celebration of ever changing vistas – from magnificent white beaches and wild rocky shores, sunsets over False Bay and rugged mountains rising from narrow coastal plains, to rose-edged vineyards and orchards in pockets of fertile soils in the highlands. Its spectacular seascapes and landscapes – and the richness of its flora and fauna – attracts people with a love of nature. Many are visitors and holidaymakers with the number of residents and property owners growing each year.

This web site seeks to illustrate to people why the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve (KBR) is such a special place: why it is vital to the future of its fynbos heritage to strive to become a world role model for conservation and sustainable living while also meeting the needs and aspirations of the communities that call it home.


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LATEST NEWS

Mandala Garden laid out

Mthimkhulu Greening Initiative – the garden takes shape

A few months ago everything at Mthimkhulu Village in Kleinmond still looked pretty much the same as it has been for the past few years, but much has transpired in the area adjacent to the northern entrance gate in recent months.
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Signs and symbols that tell their own story

Motorists cautioned to drive with care

Rooi-els residents appear to have the knack of co-habiting successfully with nature in its various forms and they go to lengths to share this message with visitors and passers-through. Several signs and symbols that tell their own story and send out a strong message have been attracting attention along the R44.
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