Nature for Life


Nature for Life


Nature for Life


Nature for Life


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. The Kogelberg Biosphere 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."

Annual General Meeting

As a #BiosphereLiving resident, you’re invited to our Annual General Meeting. Date: Tuesday 30 July, 5pm for 5.30pm. Place: Kleinmond Library. Please RSVP by 19 July to Joan Isham: ishamjoan0@gmail.com


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


The Kogelberg Biosphere 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 covers around 100 000 hectares – an area larger than Singapore. MORE

The heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom




What makes the Kogelberg Biosphere so valuable?

There are many reasons to visit our area.

The Kogelberg Biosphere 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 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 Kogelberg Biosphere plays a central coordinating role: by working together across the biosphere, we can break down the silos in which we traditionally work, empower each other through knowledge and achieve our biosphere goals through collective action.

We work according to 6 project themes








Over the past number of years, we’ve experienced the most devastating wildfires here. The impacts on people and livelihoods have been devastating. The Kogelberg Biosphere therefore wants to take action to help now – before the next disaster strikes. And we need YOUR support. We’re bringing together a team of volunteers, and we’re getting the necessary equipment in place now, so that we’re prepared.

Become a Kogelberg Biosphere member

Sign up as a member, and you can access resources, networking opportunities, connections and capacity to help you and/or your business. As a member, you also enjoy the power of the collective voice to bring about positive change. MORE HERE


Gardening in the Kogelberg: Working with the elements

Gardening in the Kogelberg: Working with the elements

Gardening is great for the body and soul. But gardening in a biosphere as special as the Kogelberg, has a number of extra perks. Most notably, you’re gardening in one of nature’s most extensive and complex gardens in the world

Healing soils: Cheap and easy restoration tips

Healing soils: Cheap and easy restoration tips

Once your restoration activities have been undertaken, then the real work starts: These sites need to be maintained, in order to be effective. For example, if the mulch is washed away, then new mulch is needed, and fences can also be added to prevent mulch loss.

Showy Ragwort (Senecio speciosissimus)

Translated from Latin, this species name means ‘very showy’. And you can see why. The Showy Ragwort (Senecio speciosissimus) is a gorgeous sight on the Kogelberg Biosphere currently.

The plant is classified as rare on the @South African National Biodiversity Institute #Redlist. In the past it was threatened by forestry plantations – with 20% of its habitat lost to these.

Image: @Mashudu on @inaturalist

Source: @Plantzafrica.com

Biosphere Living

Become a Kogelberg Biosphere member – and enjoy benefits specially designed to assist you and/or your business.


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

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