Vast numbers of species are endemic to exceptionally small areas. The total world range of some species can only be found in areas smaller than half a football field. Some areas of 500 km2 are home to more plant species than are found in the whole of Great Britain, an area 5,000 times bigger!
The numbers are certainly remarkable, but it’s the unique character of these herby reeds, heathers, wild flowers and succulents that make them so treasured, and go a long way to define the geography of the area. Famously, fynbos releases tannins into the earth, tinting Cape Rivers the colour of Rooibos tea.
The exceptional value of this South African floral region has been recognised, and now has been awarded the status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Learn to identify some of the 750 indigenous fynbos species found in the reserve, find out about their fascinating health benefits and how the Bushman people used them in daily life.