Welcome, the Greater
Simonsberg Conservancy is a Non Profit and Public Benefit Organisation, with the aim to support its members in their conservation efforts,as well as providing services in the surrounding communities. The Conservancy is situated in the wine region of Stellenbosch amid rare renosterveld fynbos, just 50 kilometers from Cape Town, South Africa. The Office of the Conservancy is situated on Delvera at the Corner Muldersvlei Road and R44, Stellenbosch.

Photo:
"Mountain Biking in our conservancy"

Read more about our Eco-Tourism on our current projects page...

 
environment camps

Our Members offer a
wide range of activities:

Member:
other
Delheim
   
events
DelVera outdoor village
Cannon Route          
Easthill          
Elsenburg          
Glenelly        
Kanonkop        
Knorhoek    
Le Bonheur        
Laibach      
Marklew        
Muratie   events
Quoin Rock      
Remhoogte     wild life
Rustenberg        
Thelema        
Tokara      
Uitkyk        
Warwick      
Wiesenhof nature reserve
Friend of Conservancy: Dirtopia       bike tracks,
full moon hikes

New Member:
We would like to welcome Cannon Route as new member of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy.

Link to members page


Map of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy


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Link to: Greater Simonsberg Conservancy information summary sheet



History:

The Conservancy was established in 2004 as part of Cape Nature’s Stewardship Programme. The Conservancy started out under the name “Klapmutskop Conservancy” with five farms - Delheim, Elsenburg, East Hill, Le Bonheur and Warwick. The Conservancy has since grown to the current 19 farms. These wine farms act as curators of the conservancy and plough their efforts into protecting and conserving the area through sustainable practices.



300 Year old Yellowwood Forest
(Podocarpus elongates):

Klapmutskop is just 150 hectares in size but bursting with wildlife and rare gems. A massive fire in 2000 and the clearance of alien trees from the slopes of Klapmutskop led to the discovery on top of the mountain, of an indigenous yellowwood forest.

The Breederiver Yellowwood trees (Podocarpus elongates), some of which are 300 years-old, represent the southernmost patch of the species. The old yellowwoods frame your path by archways of branches. Miraculously surviving what nature’s served up over the years, this small indigenous forest acts as a stark reminder of why conservation is so essential.

In January 2007, an intense veld fire ravaged the south-western slopes of Klapmutskop. This was the fourth fire in 64 years and it was also the worst. Although the Yellowwood forest was badly damaged, it survived.

The miracle of fire is that fynbos needs to burn in order to rejuvenate itself and for the seeds to germinate. Seeds sometimes lie dormant in the soil for many years and it is only a veld fire that will provoke these hidden treasures to re-sprout and flourish again. For this reason, it is very important that, after a fire, visitors keep to the marked paths that are available to visitors who pay a modest fee for their permit, of which 25% is ploughed back into the Conservancy.

Klapmutskop is botanically significant because it is a meeting point for three different geological formations: Sandstone, Granite and Conglomerate (Magrug Formation). These formations support different vegetation types; Mountain Fynbos/Afromontane Forest (Sandstone), Boland Granite, Fynbos (Granite) and
a Mountain Fynbos-Boland, Granite Fynbos mosaic (Magrug).

 



Swartland Shale Renosterveld:
The Greater Simonsberg Conservancy has one of the best examples of Swartland Shale Renosterveld, a type of fynbos that only occurs in the Western Cape lowlands and which is seriously threatened. Today, less than four percent of this unique vegetation still remains.

 


Flora and Fauna: The Conservancy is home to more than 60 bird species, more than 120 indigenous plants, at least 24 geophytic plant species (bulbs/bolplante) most of which flower during Spring, a wide variety of trees and larger shrubs, plus a range of reptiles - such as tortoises, lizards and snakes - and mammals, including vlei rats, striped mice, duikers, dassies and porcupines. Bigger animals reside in the nature reserves and parks within the Conservancy bounderies.

Click here to view plant list   |   Click here to view bird list

 
The Greater Simonsberg Conservancy      T: 079 276 36 38      F: 086 6613746      E-mail: conservancy@delvera.co.za