Biosphere Reserves are identified and listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for the exceptional environmental and cultural value they offer. These internationally recognised landscapes also feature on many bucketlists!
Visiting biosphere reserves around the world affords the traveller - and specifically the eco-traveller - the opportunity to experience vast landscapes where sustainable practices are modelled, supporting conservation of natural assets. These areas also are great drawcards for travellers who are fascinated by heritage and cultural practices.
South Africa tops the list of African biosphere reserves
On the African continent there are 67 biosphere reserves, 8 of these in South Africa. Kenya and Senegal come close, boasting 6 and 5 reserves respectively.
In any Biosphere Reserve cultural and biological diversity are important – and that is great news for those who have the travel bug. We get to see and experience some of the most fascinating places, people and cultures. Often biospheres are also “laboratories” for innovation and sustainable practices. Expect to find accommodation venues and recreation facilities where greening is a priority. Cultural practices live on as part of the conservation ethic, and are updated to ensure future generations will also derive the same benefits.
Travel to Biosphere Reserves
When in South Africa, travel routes can easily include Biosphere Reserves. Driving a 4x4 vehicle will allow you the freedom to explore these vast landscapes. Find the place that calls to you, and unpack.
South African Biosphere Reserves are -
Kogelberg (Western Cape in the south of the country)
Cape West Coast (Western Cape in the south of the country)
Waterberg (Limpopo in the north of the country)
Kruger to Canyons (Mpumalanga and Limpopo in the north east)
Cape Winelands (Western Cape in the south of the country)
Vhembe (Limpopo, furthest north)
Gouritz Cluster (Western Cape towards the east coast)
Magaliesberg which includes the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (within easy driving distance from the International Airport and Bushtrackers offices).