The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
In the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve farms and fishing village, lagoons, rivers, the sea, pristine flora and unique birdlife combine to offer residents and visitors a diversity of natural, cultural, historical, recreational and spiritual experiences. These are sustained by the Biosphere Reserve’s ongoing commitment to bio-diversity, conservation and development opportunities that meet the material and aspirational needs of residents whilst contributing to the conservation of landscapes and eco-systems.
The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve is one of 598 biospheres globally, 74 of them are in Africa and 6 in South Africa. It lies on South Africa’s West Coast been the Diep River (Milnerton) in the south, the Berg River (Velddrif) in the north, the N7 (Malmesbury, Mooreesburg) in the east and the Atlantic Ocean in the West. The West Coast National Park lies at the core of the Biosphere Reserve, with wonderful attractions such as the West Coast Fossil Park and communities in Darling, found in the buffer zones.
The Cape West Coast Biosphere Trails are an exciting way to grow the local economy by supporting existing and emerging tourism and hospitality services in the region. These trails cater for everyone from hardcore mountain lovers, twitchers and botanists to family groups and modern day strandlopers and also include nature hikes and bicycle trails.