Clarence Drive

Clarence Drive

The spectacular Clarence Drive The route to Betty’s Bay and the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden follows the spectacular thirty-mile stretch of coast between Gordon’s Bay and Kleinmond around False Bay, known as Clarence Drive and regarded by some as the most scenic drive in the world, it is the sheer scale of the mountains […]

Book cover of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - A Centenary Celebration

Our History at the Chelsea Flower Show

Showcasing the world’s richest and most diverse floral kingdoms Initially an image-building initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the immeasurable value of this event as a magnet for tourism has increased dramatically since the dawn of the New South Africa, despite the termination of government funding in 1995 in favour of other diplomatic expansion […]

David Davidson and Raymond Hudson

The Designers

David Davidson and Raymond Hudson have been responsible for designing and creating the Kirstenbosch-South Africa exhibit for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for 23 consecutive years, together with a small core team and an enthusiastic crew of volunteers. Award-winning exhibits During this time, the exhibit has garnered 16 RHS Gold Medals (bringing the total since […]

Johan West speaking at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves, Lima

KBR Presentation in Lima

KBR Presentation at the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Lima From 14 to 17 March 2016 I and two other members of our management committee were at this congress where I had the nerve-wrecking experience to address 1500 delegates from 134 countries about the Kogelberg and a new vision for Africa. Luckily, it […]

Imminent change and progress reports

Imminent Change

Imminent Change Early in February I attended a SADEC MAB meeting (1-4 February 2016) in Botswana and a week later also the National MAB meeting in Pretoria (9-10 February 2016). Ruida attended a AfriMAB meeting in Ghana and also on our itineraries in this time were meetings of the Western Cape Biosphere Forum and the […]

City of Cape Town's Portfolio Committee on Tourism, Events, Exhibitions and Marketing (TEEM)

City of Cape Town

Meeting the City of Cape Town at the Steenbras Dam Board members of the KBRC were fortunate enough to meet up with councillors and officials of the City of Cape Town at the Steenbras Dam facilities near Gordon’s Bay on Friday 26 February 2016 during a site visit of the City’s Portfolio Committee on Tourism, […]

Stellenbosse studente besoek Harold Porter Botaniese Tuin

Die Stellenbosse Studente kom weer

Stellenbosse studente verbreed kennis Kennisverbreding vorm ‘n kerndeel van die Kogelbergse Biosfeerreservaat se missie en dit is altyd lekker wanneer daar geleentheid is om ons ervaring met studente, die toekomstige bestuurders van ons land, te deel. Prof Kobus Müller, nagraadse programkoördineerder in Omgewingsbestuur, het vanjaar weer vir ons die geleentheid gebied om met sy studente […]


Arabella Country Estate fully ISO 14001 compliant

Arabella Country Estate re-certified with full ISO 14001 compliance One of our stakeholders, Arabella Country Estate, has recently been re-certified with full ISO 14001 compliance. At our management committee meeting on 27 January 2016 estate manager Dirk Uys, told us this certification means that the Estate adheres to the highest standard of environmental management, the […]

Julia van Schalkwyk arthropod sampling in Houwhoek Nature Reserve

Sustainable land use study

KNOWLEDGE BUILDING & SHARING Sustainable land use study Our KBR GreenMatter Mapula Scholar, Julia van Schalkwyk, provided us with a progress report on her doctoral study aimed at improving our knowledge about the biodiversity in the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Her project aims to determine the value of the buffer and transition zones for biodiversity conservation, […]

Dry flowers after fire

Fynbos and Fire

KNOWLEDGE BUILDING & SHARING The Relationship between Fynbos and Fire Speaking of fire, Gilian van Wyk, one of our active members, contributed the following piece on the strong relationship between fynbos and fire. She is of the opinion that this relationship is centered on 4 factors – frequency of the fires, the area in which […]


Are Cycads in your garden legal?

– KNOWLEDGE BUILDING & SHARING – Cycads in your Garden: are they legal? Retha Visser, another well-informed KBR resident, discusses in this contribution an issue that affects the many keen gardeners in our transition areas: the growing of cycads. Although there are no cycad species endemic to the Overberg area, many gardens have some treasured […]

KBR Portrait Billboard

Create Awareness

Creating Awareness Signage upgraded The KBRC managed just in time before Christmas to renew our signage boards in Rooiels and Betty’s Bay and hopefully left some impression on the thousands of visitors that came to the seaside villages of the Kogelberg for their summer holiday. Although Tigme’s graphic art work (as can be seen here) […]