KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Nature for Life

KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Nature for Life

KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Nature for Life

KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Nature for Life

KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE

Nature for Life

A short trip to the south of Cape Town in South Africa, you’ll find yourself surrounded by nature that is globally so valuable, that it has been declared a biosphere reserve. The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve aims to protect this vast natural wonder.

"We do this in a way that brings people closer to our planet, so that people of the Kogelberg thrive, while living in harmony with our rich biodiversity."

HECTARES

The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, designated by UNESCO, is South Africa’s oldest biosphere reserve.

 

The reserve starts on the mountains above Gordon’s Bay, and includes land, sea and towns along the coast to just above Hermanus. It stretches inland past the town of Botriver and encompasses the growing economic hub of Grabouw. The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve covers around 100 000 hectares – an area larger than Singapore. MORE

The heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom

PLANT SPECIES

ENDEMIC PLANT SPECIES

MARINE SPECIES

What makes the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve so valuable?

There are many reasons to visit our area.

This biosphere reserve is considered to be the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom – one of just six plant kingdoms in the world.

It has the richest, most complex biodiversity on earth, home to more than 1 880 plant species. Of these, 77 are found just here, and nowhere else. The seascapes here are also significant: more than 3 500 marine species occur only here. MORE

What do we do?

The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve finds local solutions to global problems – by bringing our members together.  Across the world, humankind has been using natural resources unsustainably, to our own detriment. The result is a loss of biodiversity and cultural heritage, risks to water and food security, increased poverty and a changing climate.

In the Kogelberg we seek to address this, reconciling conservation with sustainable development – to benefit all. Through our own activities and the actions of our members, we build towards sustainable and just economies here, while allowing nature to provide the services she offers us sustainably. To achieve this, the KBR plays a central coordinating role: by working together across the biosphere reserve, we can break down the silos in which we traditionally work, empower each other through knowledge and achieve our biosphere reserve goals through collective action.

We work according to 5 project themes

Growing the economy 

 Protecting nature

Nature EducatiON

Securing water

Managing resources

 LATEST NEWS

Hiking in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Hiking in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve

Whether you live in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, or are visiting for a while, you’re in for a hiking treat. There are many fantastic hiking trails to choose from, deep in the mountains or down at the coast.

Turn your space into a home for nature

Turn your space into a home for nature

Nature is under threat. We see it on the news, and we can see it in our own lives. One of the main reasons for this is humankind’s attitude towards nature and our natural environment.

Marsh Rose

It’s no surprise that the Marsh Rose (Orothamnus zeyheri) features in our logo. This species is found only on the Kogelberg Mountains, with a single small population on the Klein River Mountains. The Marsh Rose is listed as Vulnerable, as there are only 6 small, very fragmented subpopulations remaining. Their numbers declined in the past as a result of unsustainable wild flower harvesting and too-frequent fires. Today they’re protected, with all remaining populations occurring in conservation areas. Image: Alice Notten

Biosphere Living

If you live in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve region, you’re already enjoying Biosphere Life. That means you can already enjoy all that Mother Nature offers you here, in this incredibly special part of the world. MORE

 

You can take the next step, to become even more involved in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve.

And remember to include us in your social media posts, by using the hashtag: #BiosphereLiving.