Garden Route biosphere reserve

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Garden Route Biosphere Reserve

With an area of 698,363 ha and a population of more than 450,000 inhabitants, Garden Route biosphere reserve is a highlight of the plant biodiversity of the Cape Province. The diverse of wildlife includes large mammals such as elephants, rhinos and buffalo. It is home to plateau forest, shrubs and herbs of relevance for indigenous groups such as the KhoiSan people. It includes the Tsitsikam ma Marine protected area, Wilderness Lake Ramsar site, Garden Route National Park and two World Heritage sites, the Nelson Bay Cave and the Lankloof Valley.

Designation Date: 2017
Administrative Authorities: SANParks, Cape Nature, Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, South African Heritage Resource Agency, National and Provincial government and district, Local Municipalities
Total Surface area: 698,363 ha
Core area(s): 212,375 ha
Buffer zone(s): 288,032 ha
Transition area(s): 197,956 ha

Midpoint:  33°57'04"S - 23°38'13"E

Ecological Characteristics

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African elephant (Loxodonta africana)



Socio-Economic Characteristics

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Ocean Safari's, Eco-Tourism

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Last updated in June 2017

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