Gouritz Biodiversity Meander

The Gouritz Biodiversity Meander runs along the foot of the Swartberg Mountain Range and follows the Swartberg-Gamka-Rooiberg biodiversity corridor

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Gouritz Biodiversity Meander

The Gouritz Biodiversity Meander lies in the heart of the Succulent Karoo. It runs along the foot of the Swartberg Mountain Range, a World Heritage Site in its own right, and follows the Swartberg-Gamka-Rooiberg biodiversity corridor an area incredibly significant in terms of biodiversity, particularly as this is where three important biomes - Succulent Karoo, Fynbos and Subtropical Thicket - meet, making it a world hotspot.

Where? In the heart of the Succulent Karoo.

Overnight? See Karoo accommodation, Western Cape

The idea behind the meander and the Gouritz Initiative is to create a conservation corridor along the Gouritz River, along which naturally occurring indigenous animals and plants will be able to move freely from the conservation parts of the inland Anysberg, Swartberg and Gamkaberg / Rooiberg mountains, to those conservation areas of the coastal moutains the Langeberg / Outeniqua ranges. And to create a conservation area along the Gouritz River from Herbertsdale to the sea.

The meander is the priority focus area of the Gouritz Initiative, a project under CapeNature, whose chief aim is to restore priority biodiversity, and introduce sustainable benefits for the people in this area.

The idea of the meander is to travel from the Gouritz River Mouth to the Cango Caves via Herbertsdale, Van Wyksdorp and Calitzdorp. Every 10 kilometres or so one enters a completely new realm of vegetation sandy soils of the coast and Coastal Fynbos, gives way to Renosterveld and clay soils, which then becomes Subtropical Thicket and finally Mountain Fynbos and Succulent Karoo.

There are a myriad walking trails, mountain biking trails, horse riding trails, canoeing and fishing, places to stay, and wine routes and wine tasting opportunities inbetween.

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Rooiberg Pass

The Rooiberg Pass meanders through beautiful ravines and over rocky slopes that form part of a large catchment area, through which several rivers pass. In the time it takes you to drive from its southern slopes to the northern side, you will have...

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Anysberg Nature Reserve

The Anysberg Nature Reserve was established in 1988. The core aim of this initiative was to protect and promote the growth of the local veld vegetation and to reintroduce a number of game species that were once commonly found in the...

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Did you know?

The vegetation of the Klein Karoo, and the adjacent coastal plain, includes 4 500 species of plants that occur nowhere else on Earth, over 70% of which has been damaged, largely due to human intervention.

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