Botanical Conservation Experience debuts in S. Africa reserve

Ericas, a type of flowering plant that is part of the fynbos biome.
Ericas, a type of flowering plant that is part of the fynbos biome.

Gondwana Game Reserve, located on South Africa's Garden Route, has introduced a hands-on botanical conservation experience.

The new hands-on experience will give guests a chance to learn about the conservation of the rare and endangered fynbos biome, affording them the opportunity to get a more up-close understanding of the stunning indigenous flora and fauna. The activity takes two to three hours and is offered daily in the downtime between morning and evening game drives.

Participants will assist experts in their research conducted in different monitoring zones throughout the reserve, learning identification, monitoring parameters and geo-mapping of the thousands of fynbos plant species found on the reserve. The collected data is vital in understanding and recording this vanishing and isolated floral kingdom that only exists along the Cape coastal belt of South Africa. Guests will see plants in bloom throughout the year, including the king protea (South Africa's national flower) and many endemic species of birds, insects and antelopes.

Gondwana is adding this activity in time for South Africa's green season starting in May, when fynbos is in all its glory. With daytime temperatures ranging from 57 to 68 degrees, the months between May and September are called the "secret season" by locals. Its slightly cooler, sun-drenched clear days are ideal for outdoor activities like easy walks, hiking or mountain biking in the reserve's mountains and valleys among wild game.

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