RT WEEK 11-17 FEBRUARY 2013: Planeta Social Media Focused Event (International)

Ron Mader: Planeta.com – Announcement: Responsible Travel Week 11 to 17 February 2013 Fall in love with responsible travel February 11-17 as Planeta.com hosts our fifth annual Responsible Travel Week, a week-long unconference that kicks off 2013 in fine style. A great plus: admission is free and there’s no jetlag! The friendly confab takes place online and around the world through a series of local events organized by participants. 2013 is the fifth year for Responsible Travel Week and Planeta.com’s 13th year of innovative conferencing. We expect our global conversation to take a great leap forward thanks to inspired participation. […]

Blue Flag Beach e-booklet

An informative e-booklet on the eight prestigious Blue Flag beaches and two marinas within the Cape metro area for the 2012/2013 season. When deciding where to go, residents and tourists can choose Blue Flag beaches and marinas, secure in the knowledge that high standards of management are guaranteed during Blue Flag season over the summer months (Dec-Mar).  The beaches that have been awarded full Blue Flag status between December 2012 and March 2013 are: Bikini, Camps Bay, Clifton 4th, Llandudno, Mnandi, Muizenberg, Silwerstroomstrand and Strandfontein. Cape Town has the highest number of Blue Flag beaches in South Africa. It is also proud to be the first African city south […]

Responsible Tourism Week: How the City of Cape Town’s nature reserves strive towards being responsible destinations

The City of Cape Town’s nature reserves strive towards responsible tourism principles by: Using alternative energy and alternative building design where possible to save energy and water, to reduce waste and to increase biodiversity [unordered_list style=”green-dot”] Gradually registering all of its environmental education centres as Eco Centres – with strict criteria on energy and water consumption, waste reduction and maximisation of biodiversity Offering various environmental education programmes that focus on responsible actions during activities at the nature reserves Ensuring that only certain areas are open to the public, thereby reducing the damaging footprint in sensitive areas Placing biodiversity and the […]

RT Week 2013: Table Bay Nature Reserve

The Table Bay Nature Reserve consists of seven parts: Rietvlei Wetlands, Milnerton Lagoon, Milnerton Beach, Milnerton Racecourse, Zoarvlei Wetlands, Diep River and the Parklands Fynbos Corridor. This 880 hectare reserve comprises a variety of permanent and seasonal wetlands, and is surrounded by Cape Flats dune strandveld and Cape Flats sand fynbos vegetation. The reserve protects 412 plant species, 31 mammals, 196 birds, 33 reptiles, nine amphibians, and 14 fish species. It also supports important but as of yet unlisted insect, invertebrate and planktonic communities. Two species are listed vulnerable, and 14 are near threatened. The Rietvlei Wetland part is a […]

RT Week 2013: Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools Hiking Trail

The Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools Hiking Trail reopened on 1 November 2012. In an attempt to promote better responsible tourism, a new permitting system, and rules and regulations for the area will ensure better visitor safety and improved management of the area. The Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools Hiking Trail, which forms part of the Steenbras Nature Reserve and is also part of the greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, was closed in May 2011. Fire damage, soil erosion, vegetation degradation, uncontrolled access and visitor safety issues were all reasons which contributed towards the area being closed for this […]

RT Week 2013: Tygerberg Nature Reserve – a gem on your doorstep

The City of Cape Town has set aside over 30 natural areas within the metro boundary to be managed as nature reserves and natural sites in an effort to protect its unique biodiversity and provide quality open spaces for recreation.  One of these areas is the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, a 309 hectare stretch of land that conserves Critically Endangered Swartland shale renosterveld. Only eight percent of this vegetation type is presently conserved nationally. The nature reserve forms part of the Cape Floral Region which is the smallest and richest of six floral kingdoms found worldwide. The Tygerberg Hills tower over […]

RT Week 2013: Table Bay Nature Reserve: Teaching our youth to be responsible tourists through fishing

The Table Bay Nature Reserve hosted a three day holiday programme during March last year and will be repeating this successful initiative again during March 2013. The programme was centred on learning to catch fish at the Rietvlei Wetland section of the Table Bay Nature Reserve. The focus was to teach children, between the ages of 8 and 18 years, about the art of responsible fishing. They were taught how to correctly use fishing gear, what different baits to use, what the local fish are, why they need permits and how to obtain them, what ‘sustainable harvesting of fish’ means […]

RT Week 2013: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve

The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve was proclaimed a local and provincial nature reserve in 2007. The reserve has a spectacular view down fynbos slopes, across the city, to 7 km of rocky, sandy coastline, the ocean and beyond. It is one of the few viewpoints in the world from where you can see two proclaimed World Heritage Sites, namely Table Mountain and Robben Island. The reserve conserves three threatened vegetation types: Cape Flats dune strandveld (endangered), Swartland shale renosterveld (critically endangered), and Cape Flats sand fynbos (critically endangered). The rich biodiversity embraces a wetland, 559 plant species, 49 mammals (including whales, […]

RT Week 2013: Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Tygerberg Nature Reserve lies in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Proclaimed as a Local Authority Nature Reserve in 1973, it supports one of the last remnants of the critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld vegetation type. The reserve covers an area of 309 hectares and boasts 562 different plant species. Of these, 23 are threatened, eight are endemic to Cape Town, and three endemic to Tygerberg itself. The diversity of species found here is vast, with some 24 different mammal species, 137 bird species, 22 different reptiles, 7 types of frogs, and numerous different butterfly species. The view from the […]

RT Week 2013: Durbanville Nature Reserve

Next to the Durbanville Racecourse is a special triangle of land. This six hectare reserve is where critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld and Cape Flats sand fynbos meet. The area became a nature reserve in 1966, after local residents had found a rare plant, Aristea lugens, growing there and persuaded what was then the Durbanville Town Council to set aside the land for conservation purposes. Alien vegetation was cleared, an indigenous garden was planted, and an education centre was developed. There are about 241 plant species, three endemic to Cape Town and six threatened with extinction. The site is home […]