I got ready for my first ever CREW field trip, hoping that the rain would hold off long enough for us to find our target species: Melolobium subspicatum, from the pea family, and Habenaria kraenzliniana, from the orchid family.
The Botanical Society of South Africa has a summer challenge for you: to create new sunny memories in South Africa’s 11 wonderful national botanical gardens.
Summer is wild orchid season in the Cape so challenge yourself this festive season to look for the Cape’s signature orchid. You can choose the tough way or the gentle way.
That bare expanse of red sand gave the Red Desert Nature Reserve its name. Jointly owned by the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality and a local family, it was declared a nature reserve in 2015, facilitated by the Botanical Society of South Africa.
Ingwehumbe Nature Reserve is a Botanical Society facilitated Biodiversity Stewardship conservation area that was officially declared on 15 December 2019.
Also known as the Klein Karoo, South Africa’s Little Karoo region is a semiarid intermontane basin that is located between the Langeberg, Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains to the south and the Swartberg mountains to the north.
Rolling grasslands dotted with patches of eastern mistbelt forest, wetlands and rocky outcrops characterise the Drakensberg foothills where Bosch Berg Nature Reserve
Nestled at the foot of the Soetmuisberg, this beautiful village is located between the towns of Caledon and Bredasdorp surrounded by rolling farmland and highly biodiverse Overberg Renosterveld vegetation.
We arrived at Hantam National Botanical Garden at noon and hopped onto the SANBI flower viewing vehicle (in addition to the multiple responsibilities of a curator, Eugene
Located on the Cape Flats between Gordon’s Bay and Strand, Harmony Flats is one of the biodiversity gems of the City of Cape Town’s diverse network of nature reserves.
Known for its stunning heritage architecture and beautiful Cape mountain scenery, the small town of Tulbagh is a popular destination for visitors.
Tienie Versfeld Nature Reserve forms part of a farm that was donated to the Botanical Society of South Africa by Marthinus Versfeld, known in the Darling area as ‘Oom Tienie’
Perhaps among the most iconic spring flower destinations, West Coast National Park is just a stone’s throw away, an easy drive from Cape Town.
Famous for its extraordinary red sandstone rock formations, South Africa’s Cederberg mountains are popular with hikers and adventure lovers alike, seeing the peace of wild landscapes within easy reach of Cape Town.
The publication of The Field Guide to the Renosterveld of the Overberg, is a manifestation of this kind of effort; another clear milestone for a committed group of people who care deeply
The small Northern Cape Town of Nieuwoudtville where the reserve is based is located on the Bokkeveld Escarpment, reached by the winding Vanrhyn’s Pass.
The first of our weekly Spring Flower Watch series comes from Hantam National Botanical Garden in Nieuwoudtville.
Today South Africa’s botanical gardens hold an extraordinary and diverse range of plant collections, representing South Africa’s megadiverse flora across all its ecosystems.
On Wednesday, 29 July, we received official notice from the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) that they would be re-opening the National Botanical Gardens.
Elise’s favourite part of Lowveld NBG is the walk down to the rocks overlooking the Nels River. When the garden was first founded, this area was still bush until the viewpoint we see today was carefully cleared, taking great care not to damage any valuable trees.
Offering entertainment and environmental education for all ages, the main aim of the Fynbos Festival was to raise awareness among the urban Cape Town community of the value, beauty and biodiversity of fynbos.
The seaside town of Hermanaus, located in South Africa’s Overberg region, is world famous for its whales, its beautiful coastline and its warm welcome to a plethora of visitors from all over the globe.
Her beautiful botanical artworks were recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society of the UK, where she was awarded the silver medal in 1956 for her exhibit of Cape Wildflower paintings and a bronze medal in 1961 for an exhibit of South African Gladiolus.
Tucked away 6km off the R44 between Bettys Bay and Kleinmond, the Kogelberg Nature Reserve is one of the hidden gems of Overberg region. Considered the heart of the Cape Floristic Region