- On 13 July 2017
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Heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom
The incredibly beautiful and rugged Kogelberg Nature Reserve was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in the early 90's, as the Cape fynbos is one of the wonders of the world. By far it is the smallest of the world's six Planet Kingdoms, but with the second greatest diversity the Cape Floral Kingdom harbours 9,000 different species in 90,000 square kilometres, 6,190 of which are exclusive to the Cape Flora.
There are 3 different associated zones in a biosphere reserve, namely as the Core Zone, Buffer Zone, and Transition area. To explore these zones, hire a car in South Africa.
The Kogelberg does not have many large animals. There are a few leopards, the Cape clawless otter may be seen in or near water. Small antelope include klipspringers, grysbok, and baboons. Peregrine falcons, black eagles, and fish eagles hunt and nest in and around the reserve. The endangered micro-frog and an endemic freshwater crab are also found in the area.
Trails to look out for include, Palmiet River Walk, Kogelberg Trail, Oudebosch to Leopard's Gorge and Canoe Trail.