Old Station Building, 64 Main Road, Vredenburg, 7380, Western Cape, South Africa
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Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve
Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve

Welcome to our Biosphere Reserve!

Biosphere reserves are ‘learning places for sustainable development’. They are sites for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity. They are places that provide local solutions to global challenges. Biosphere reserves include terrestrial, marine and coastal ecosystems. Each site promotes solutions reconciling the conservation of biodiversity with its sustainable use.

Biosphere reserves are nominated by national governments and remain under the sovereign jurisdiction of the states where they are located. Biosphere Reserves are designated under the intergovernmental MAB Programme by the Director-General of UNESCO following the decisions of the MAB International Coordinating Council (MAB ICC). Their status is internationally recognized. Member States can submit sites through the designation process.

In order to assist the stakeholders with the designation process, as well as periodic reviews, Technical Guidelines are being progressively created by the MAB International Co-ordinating Council.

Become a Member

Working on environmental issues.

We have worked passionately this past decade to build the foundation for a credible, structurally sound and globally recognised organisation, with proven results.

Strategically, we believe that our endorsed credibility of the past decade, now provides the foundation, to invite you, to become a member of not only our dream, but a sustainable enterprise, that has been accredited by global nations.

There are multiple membership categories, each have a defined value. Most of us have an interest that resonates with the environment or community effort, thus our passion is underwritten by emotion and we join with philanthropic motivation (public and donor membership).

We have developed a unique value offering for commercial enterprise and project sponsorship, providing real values of : environmental guidance, socio-economic legislative alignment, cross marketing and network benefits, advisory assistance

"Volunteers are a vital and integral part of our local health services and community.  We are very grateful to all of our volunteers for the time and energy that they dedicate to our patients, staff and visitors. "


Book one of our breathtaking trials

Walk amidst beautiful scenery in the footsteps of Eve, from who it is suggested that all human life – well before the emergence of Homo sapiens – is thought to have descended. Experience what it was like to be governed by the sun, the stars, and the tides of the sea? Spend the days without your watch and live life at natures pace to replenish your soul.
It’s great to see South Africans finally picking up on what the Italians have known for centuries, that this is the way life is meant to be lived – slowly and simply, with good food and wine and good company, in a natural, outdoor setting. This 2.5 day, 20 km hiking cultural experience is for those who know how to experience the good things in life.
The Five Bay Trail is a scenic, 2.5 day, 38km coast hugging hike between the West Coast Fishing villages of Paternoster and Jacobsbaai. It is made up of three legs connected through a series of transfers and marvellous interactions with local folk over meals. Guests are accommodated in a 3-4 star comfortable lodge in Paternoster for 2 nights.
This ride through time is not aimed at adrenalin junkies or Absa Cape Epic trainees, but rather recreational cyclists who are keen to experience the back roads and beauty of the West Coast, from the seat of a bicycle. Destinations and overnight stops vary greatly and the journey in between is filled with some awesome scenery and lots of fun.

Our Projects

In 2019, the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve (CWCBR) was allocated an alien clearing project with the Department of Environmental Affairs, Forestry & Fisheries’ (DFFE) NRM Programme. This project (which was interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic) stretched over a period three years which will end in 2022. The project currently employs approximately 72 people from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. Over the three-year period, approximately 2300 initial hectares and 1025 of follow hectares of Alien vegetation was removed from critically important ecosystems. We are inviting partners for future alien clearing projects.






Our Team

Sharon February


Anniqe Umans

Project Manager

Experienced Guides

I commend the Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve for this initiative that will not only augment the local economy and create job opportunities, but also ensure that they do so responsibly.
Alan Winde
Premier Western Cape Province