Although the purchasing of land for conservation is NOT our primary function, there are a couple of special places where this is warranted. One such area is the cluster of Eastern Rûens Shale Renosterveld, found just north of De Hoop Nature Reserve. This essentially represents the largest, most contiguous and well-connected stretch of Lowland Renosterveld in the Overberg. In fact, this area comprises the largest area of remnant Lowland Renosterveld left in its entire original distribution area.
With our partners, WWF-SA, we are working towards securing a few key farms in this cluster, which we hope to ultimately connect into one large Nature Reserve (possibly even linked with De Hoop). The first step towards this dream was taken when Haarwegskloof was purchased by WWF-SA in late 2013 and handed over to the ORCT for management.
Read more about this exciting development and how we are undertaking unique projects on this reserve!