Visions for Future Fynbos Landscapes



Full Conference Non-Student                        R5,600.00
Student                                                              R4,300.00
Pensioner                                                           R4,300.00

Rates include dinners, scientific programme and electronic proceedings

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Adam M Wilson, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
Loubie Rusch, Cape wild foods expert
Adam Welz: Conservation theorist, writer, photographer, filmmaker
Linda Fletcher: Sustainability Manager, Gouritz Biosphere Reserve
Dirk Kotze, Executive Mayor of the Mossel Bay Local Municipality
Sonia Louw: Manager at Gourikwa Reserve
Ismail Ebrahim, Project Manager CREW CFR SANBI

Monday 14 August - Poster Presentations

Authors and Co-authors

Natalie Baker¹*, Dr AnneLise Schutte-Vlok², Dr Marienne de Villiers³, Thembani Namba⁴ and Patrick Meyer⁵:

Title: Solving the stripy saga of the Cape mountain zebra population of the Kammanassie

Sarah Hulley and Giselle Murison:

Title: Breede Estuary Landscape Support Project: Helping Enable Self-Sustaining, Effective Conservation Management

Sphephelo Kheswa, Thembeka Malwane, Victoria Wilman and Naomi Mdayi:

Title: Developing Germination and Cultivation Protocols for Critically Endangered Marasmodes Species

Ms N Ndlovu. Dr C Daniels, Mr R Oliver, Mr M Gabayi:

Title: The effects of cutting technique and auxins on the rooting of Diosma haelkraalensis, an endangered buchu of the fynbos biome.

Annerie Senekal, Donovan Kirkwood:

Title: Making conservation personal: creating threatened Cape lowland habitat beds at Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden




Gourikwa Reserve is one of the most unique private reserves along the South African coastline. With 5km of pristine coastline, a rich variety of indigenous fauna and flora and facilities ranging from top class accommodation to a beachfront chapel and a state of the art wedding facility. Previously known as Reins Reserve, we have reverted to the original “Gourikwa” and have made major upgrades to the reserve. Located in the heart of the scenic Garden Route, the 2000ha reserve is nestled between Mosselbay and Stillbay and is only a 60min drive away from the George Airport. This is truly a gem in the Garden Route crown.

Gourikwa Cottages 

Villa Suites 

Fisherman Cottages 

Breakdown of accommodation (availability can only be confirmed once booking requests are sent.  Please plan who you want to share with before you book if possible.


8 units (7 units =  2 ROOMS: 4 pax – 2x single beds and 1x king each  | 3 ROOMS 1 unit = 4 single beds and 1x king) 


6 units (5 units = 2 ROOMS 4 pax – 2x single beds and 1x king bed each |  1 unit = 1 ROOM 2pax – 1x king bed) DOUBLE VILLA UNITS: 15 Units (Each unit accommodate 2pax – 1x king / 2 single beds) 


VILLA 1 – PALMIET: 4 Units:  Unit 1 – ONE ROOM:  1x king bed (2pax) | Unit 2 – 2 ROOMS 1x king & 2 single beds (4pax) | Unit 3 – 2 Rooms 2x queen beds (4pax) | Unit 4 -2 Room 1x queen & 2 x single beds.

VILLA 2 – NOEM-NOEM: Unit 1 & Unit 2 –  ONE ROOM 1 x King or 2x single beds (2pax each | Unit 3 – 2 ROOMS 1 x King & 2 Single beds (4pax) | Unit 4 – ONE and a HALF ROOM 1 x King * 1x single bed (3pax) 

VILLA 3 – KOOIGOED: Unit 1 – THREE ROOMS  1x queen & 4x single beds (6pax) | Unit 2 – ONE ROOM 1x queen bed (2pax) |  Unit 3 – ONE ROOM 1x king or 2 x single beds (2pax) 

VILLA 4 – SAFFRAAN: 4 units – ONE BEDROOM 1x king bed (2pax) each VILLA 5 – ASTER: 4 units – ONE BEDROOM 1x king bed (2pax) each

Field trips - Tuesday afternoon

Wild Food Veld Walk

Join Loubie Rusch on a coastal veld walk in the Gourikwa Reserve to explore what tasty indigenous delicacies occur locally.

Date - 15 August
Time - 13:00
Cost R100 pp
Number of places: maximum 20

Minerals and Rocks – a hands-on discovery

Join Dr. Chris Lee on this practical "Field Trip" for mineral and rock identification, you will learn how to name and classify minerals and rocks. You will explore properties such as hardness, lustre, cleavage, and color, using simple tools. By the end of the session, you will be able to identify minerals with confidence.

Date - 15 August
Time - 13:00
Cost - Free of charge
Number of places: maximum 12

Gourikwa Reserve Tractor and Lighthouse Tour.

Join Sonia Louw (Gourikwa Reserve Manager), on this field trip, where we will take a tractor ride along the coastal road. Along the way, we will discuss various interesting topics. At the lighthouse, we will share its history and facts, followed by the opportunity for groups of 4-5 people to climb up and take photos.

Date - 15 August
Time - 16:00
Cost - R70 pp
Number of places: maximum 25

Guided walk on Gourikwa Nature Reserve

Come and enjoy a guided walk on Gourikwa Nature Reserve with Ethan le Fleur (Gourikwas Conservation Ranger) through pristine and flowering fynbos. Learn about local fynbos species, add to your flower or bird collection or just come and have a nice scenic walk through thousands of proteas and pincushions.

Date - 15 August
Time - 13:00
Cost - Free of charge
Number of places: maximum 20 – 30

Visit to Diosma aristata and Lobostemon belliformis

Join Ismail Ebrahim, Rupert Koopman and Sandra Falanga on their field trip which will entail driving to Mossel Bay to visit Diosma aristata, a critically endangered buchu occuring at 2 locations in Mossel Bay. The municipality with the support of CREW and Cape Nature has been involved in ensuring the survival of this extremely threatened species. They will detail the conservation interventions that has taken place and discuss the successes and challenges of conserving this species. They will also visit Lobostemon belliformis, a highly restricted species occuring in the Gourikwa Nature Reserve

Own transport required

Date - 15 August
Time - tbc
Cost - tbc
Number of places: maximum 35


Post-Congress Field Trip 1
Forest restoration in Grootvadersbosch

Join Aileen Anderson, Jessi Venter and Corne Brink:

Join us on our field trip that will showcase successful invasive species management, techniques used, and the contractor system established by the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy.

Own transport required
Date - 16 August
Time - 14:30
Meet at Grootvadersbosch Conservancy Office
Cost R50pp (Drinks included)
Number of places: maximum 25

Post-Congress Field Trip 2
High Altitude Clearing Project
Korentepoort Dam, Riversdal

Mzo Mtshintshi & Riccardo Januarie

Hosted by the Grootvadersbosch Conservancy, the Korente-Vetterivier Irrigation Board aims to maintain a reliable water supply that will be utilised by agriculture, and not wasted through absorption by an explosive alien population. Furthermore, to sustain and develop the local economy. The continuation of an invasive alien clearing programme in association with the Department of Agriculture will support the surrounding biodiversity.
Own transport required 
Date - 16 August
Time - 14:30 (To be confirmed)
Cost R50pp
Number of places: maximum 25

We’ll meet everyone attending at the Korentepoort dam. This pin takes you to the gate of their offices. We’ll have someone directing everyone from there to where we meet.

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