We are active in the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa.

We are active in the Eastern and Western Cape of South Africa. More specifically, in the Baviaanskloof, Langkloof and Cape Town Catchments. Our work and projects are diverse, as are the landscapes and the people we work with.


Explore a brief snapshot of each landscape below, including the current work we are involved in.


Situated between the Kouga and Baviaanskloof mountain ranges lies the Baviaanskloof valley. Over the years, we have worked to build social capital in the area. Our collaborations with the local farming community have resulted in large-scale rehabilitation and regenerative agriculture programmes and supported the economy of the area.

Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa

Biome: Thicket, Fynbos, Nama-karoo, Succulent karoo, Grassland, Savannah and Forest

Time active: 12 years

Current Landscape Funders:

The Coca Cola Foundation (TCCF) Rain

Global Environment Facility 5

Nationale Postcode Lotterij (NPL)



Goat farming for mohair has been the largest agricultural export from the Baviaanskloof for decades. Overgrazing by goats has led to erosion and decreased water retention of the hillslopes.

The Baviaanskloof Development Company is cultivating and processing lavandin and rosemary for essential oils as an alternative to goat farming in the area.

The ongoing ecological rehabilitation of hillslopes are being monitored and evaluated to assess short-term and long-term impacts. Drone technology is being used to establish vegetation cover.

Tourism plays a major socio-economic role in the Baviaanskloof. It is a popular destination for motorcyclists and aspiring astronomers as the night’s sky makes for perfect star gazing.


As part of the Cape Floristic Region, the Baviaanskloof boasts an enormous botanical diversity and forms a meeting place of different biomes.

Research by Living Landers, PRESENCE Learning Network students and other collaborators inform the work on the landscape.

Mountain zebras (Quaggas) have been re-introduced as part of the veld management strategy coordinated through the Baviaanskloof Hartland Conservancy.

Knowledge exchange is facilitated through one-on-one meetings, workshops and info-braais to enable implementation of a collective vision for the landscape.


The Langkloof, comprising the Kouga and Kromme catchments, lies to the south of the Baviaanskloof. As an important agricultural area with a diversity of ecosystems, people and long history, our involvement focuses on understanding the dynamics of the area and supporting land management in a way that is appropriate to the area. Our work has supported sustainability in the local honeybush industry and combines this with invasive species management.

Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa

Biome: Fynbos

Time active: 8 years

Current Landscape Funders:


The DOEN Foundation 

WWF Nedbank Green Trust 

The Coca-Cola Foundation


Social capital is built through engaging with local residents, practitioners and business owners. This allows us to co-develop contextually relevant interventions.

The Algoa Water Fund has been established to support the coordination of investment in catchment management and ecological infrastructure.

Holistic veld management is being trialled, encompassing the diverse activities on the landscape from alien tree management to honeybush augmentation, while ensuring continuous knowledge exchange.

The harvesting of honeybush is engrained in the history of the Langkloof.  The Sustainable Honeybush Programme is ensuring that honeybush and the surrounding fynbos is managed with the future in mind.

Different techniques are being tested to clear alien vegetation and rehabilitate riparian habitats.

The Langkloof is an important agricultural region known for pome fruit production

Hosting students, researchers and interns allows us to explore and build a knowledge base of the ecological and socio-economic landscapes within the Langkloof.

Cape Town Catchments

The Cape Town Catchments are vital water sources for the Western Cape and also provide important agricultural, environmental and industrial value. However, invasive alien vegetation, riverbank erosion and pollution by industry and residents threaten the catchments. We work to develop innovative rehabilitation projects that enable improved functioning and resilience of the land.

Location: Western Cape, South Africa

Biome: Fynbos

Time active: 6 years

Landscape Funders:

LandCare - Dept of Agriculture

Water Research Commission


The Berg and Breede are active agricultural rivers which provide water for the grain, livestock and fruit industries, in particular wine and table grapes. 

Both the Berg and Breede rivers are fed by the Boland mountains, however the Berg river runs in to the Indian ocean and the Breede the Atlantic. The small town of Wolseley, where our site office is based, is built on the watershed of these two primary catchments. 

A major threat to the health of the catchments are the spread of invasive alien vegetation. Value added-industries linked to the clearing of this vegetation have been explored. Small, medium and micro enterprises are active in 

producing firewood, mulch, wood pellets and biochar.

Facilitating knowledge exchange between researchers and implementers is a key activity on the landscape to inform long-term monitoring and continous learning-by-doing.


We fullfill the role of Secretariat for the Upper Breede Collaborative Extension Group which is a hub for collaboration and knowledge exchange aimed at coordinating socio-ecological interventions in the area.

Riparation rehabilitation is crucial for riverbank stabilisation after alien vegetation clearing. This also improves river quality which is very important for the tourism industry linked to both the Berg and Breede rivers.  

Learn more about our projects in each landscape by visiting our resources section.