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Dec 18 2008

Cape Town Floral Kingdom

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Poster of Cape Town Nature ReservesCape Town’s Cape Floristic Kingdom was declared a Natural World Heritage Site, and is the smallest and most diverse of the world’s six floral kingdoms This makes the city not only an economic hub but also a biodiversity hot spot of international importance.

The publication Smart Living Handbook provides information on key environmental resource issues facing us globally, and within the city of Cape Town. It is a practical sustainability guide for people and households in Cape Town to make their homes safer and to save money, while working to reduce their impact on our precious environment. Download your copy HERE.

The City of Cape Town not only has it’s own herd of Bontebok (once threatened with extinction) but also owns and operates the following nature reserves and natural areas. A total of 23 nature reserves within the city are managed by it. The reserves are home to 9000 plant species, endemic to the area, and preserve the Cape’s 5 ecosystem groups of fynbos, strandveld, wetlands, renosterveld, and forest.

Blaauwberg Conservation Area, Bloubergstrand
Bracken Nature Reserve, Brackenfell
Dick Dent Nature Reserve, Somerset West
Durbanville Nature Reserve, Durbanville
Edith Stephens Wetland Park, Philippi
Harmony Flats Nature Reserve, Somerset West
Helderberg Nature Reserve, Somerset West
Kogelberg Nature Reserve, Gordon’s Bay
Lourens River Nature Reserve, Somerset West
Macassar Dunes Nature Reserve, Khayelitsha/Macassar
Rietvlei Wetland Reserve, Table View
Rondevlei Nature Reserve, Grassy Park
Silwerboomkloof Nature Reserve, Somerset West
Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Bellville
Uitkamp Nature Reserve, Durbanville
Wolfgat Nature Reserve, Mitchells Plain
Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve, Marina Da Gama
Zeekoevlei Nature Reserve, Pelican Park

Attractions at the reserves range from bird hides to picnic spots. Living in a Fynbos area or at a coastal wetland is a special opportunity (see Stonehaven Estate and Sunset Beach).

Cape Town’s unique environment is its greatest asset, making it one of the most sought after urban areas in the world, both to live and work in and as a tourist destination.

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