Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Series
The Man and the Biosphere: Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Coin series is the first in an eight-part series that will celebrate all of South Africa’s biospheres.
The Man and the Biosphere: Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve Coin series is the first in an eight-part series that will celebrate all of South Africa’s biospheres. Alongside the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the Cape West Coast, Waterberg, Kruger to Canyons, the Cape Winelands, Vhembe, Gouritz cluster and the Magaliesberg have all been declared biospheres as part of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere initiative. As the inspiration for the first in the series, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve proved more than abundant, with everything from apple farming to rugged cliffs to be found in this Western Cape area.
The first ever South African biosphere reserve covers 103,629 hectares – more than eighty percent of which is made up of mountainous landscape (including a hiking trail along the valleys and waterfalls of the Steenbras River Gorge) with the rest comprising of a gently rolling coastal plain and a marine area. The Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is also home to the Kogelberg Nature Reserve, where visitors are immersed in a floral diversity that, per unit area, is greater than anywhere else in the world. This world-renowned Fynbos adds to the incredible beauty of the biosphere, which is perhaps best seen by driving on the R44 – a famously scenic road that skirts the mountainous coast of the Kogelberg reserve and offers, to those who are lucky, a view of whales and dolphins.