The Cederberg Conservancy

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In 1967 the removal of dead cedar trees was halted and all other exploitation ended in 1973 with the proclamation of Cederberg Wilderness.

The Cederberg Conservancy was constituted in 1997 as a voluntary agreement between landowners to manage the environment in a sustainable manner. It consolidates 22 properties in the central Cederberg as one of the core corridors of the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor and it is active through quarterly meetings and awareness days. The conservancy incorporates 182 000 hectares of protected land.

In 2004 the Cederberg Wilderness received World Heritage Site status as part of the Cape Floristic Region.

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Visitors to the area can engage in bird watching or easy hikes to the Stadsaal cave and Elephant rock art.  For the more adventurous visitor the Conservancy offers Mountain bike trails or overnight hiking trials that vary from one to five nights, depending on your level of fitness and ability. 

The Conservancy is the proud custodian of the Clanwilliam Cedar tree (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis) and offers refuge to the rare Cape Leopard.

The isolated and relatively under-developed area of  about 182 000 hectares is safe to visit and offers visitors a variety of activities.    


The Cape Leopard Trust

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The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) was established with the primary objective of facilitating and promoting research and conservation of the Cape’s predator diversity. The conservation strategies include; several bio-geographical research projects on leopards and their habitat as well as providing advisory services relating to farmer-predator interactions. A key aim of the project is to foster environmental education, particularly of children.

The CLT was launched in August 2004 as an active predator conservation organisation in the Cape and is registered as an NGO, IT 2720/2004. From the outset the objectives of the Trust have revolved around adopting the Cape leopard as a ‘flagship species', to study, understand and highlight the plight of these animals, and other threatened predators, and to find effective and sustainable ways to alleviate the devastating problems of human-wildlife conflict. Evidence thus far shows that the Cape leopards differ from leopards elsewhere and may well be a sub-species, though this is still to be confirmed. The CLT uses the results of research to convince farmers to alter their attitudes towards ‘problem animals’ and find more effective livestock management techniques. To date, research has taken place primarily in the Cederberg Mountains, where the project is based, but the CLT also runs projects in the Gouritz Corridor, Boland Mountains (2010) and Namaqualand.

The Cape Leopard Trust is based at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve in the Cederberg, and works in partnership with the Cederberg Conservancy and CapeNature in its efforts to conserve our natural heritage.

For more information on the Cape Leopard Trust go to capeleopard.org.za


More about the Cederberg...

Read this lovely article that was published in "The Month" magasine, all about the the Cederberg and Mount Ceder. 
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