Backpackers Plettenberg Bay

Posts of "Ecology"

What is berg winds

July 9, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Today was berg winds in Plettenberg Bay and most of our guests were so amazed that it was so hot, yes we do have a great winter in South Africa, this is why I had to explain what berg winds were. Berg wind are literally, mountain wind it is a hot, dry, squally wind blowing ...

Fynbos and Flowers

May 9, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

The small Cape Floral Kingdom between Cape Town and Grahamstown (0.04% of the world’s land mass) contains 8500 different flowering plants. This is more than is found in the entire Northern hemisphere.

Indigenous Forests

May 9, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

Between 1777 and 1939 much of our indigenous forests were exploited in the timber trade. Although it is the largest tract of natural forest in SA. Only 65 000 Ha of the original forest remains today. The Outeniqua yellowwood or Kalander is a true forest giant reaching over 50m in height. Other magnificent specimens are ...

Birds and Land Animals

May 9, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

More than 260 species of birds have been sighted in this area with its unique four habitats, namely the forest, fynbos, wetlands and the coastal region making this area a birdwatchers paradise.

Marine Life and Reefs

May 9, 2010 by Victoria Rowe No Comment

More than 100 species of fish are known to occur along this coast. Fish found on the reefs are highly susceptible to exploitation. Marine reserves play an important role in restocking over-fished areas. Some species found on reefs include zebra, doublesash butterflyfish, blacktail, roman, elf, galjoen and yellowbelly rockcod. Some of the finest soft coral ...