WATCH: Inside the Cape Floral Kingdom: The most magnificent little wonderland of SA

2017-02-16 08:33 - Louzel Lombard Steyn
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Cape Town - An area of extraordinarily high diversity of distinctive flora, the Cape Floral Kingdom is a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ and a unique natural haven for birds, insects and animals abound.

Located near the southern tip of South Africa, it is the only floral kingdom that falls entirely within the borders of one country. 

Despite being the smallest of the six recognised floral kingdoms in the world, it packs a punch - within an area of just over 90 000 square kilometres, more than 9 000 known species of flowering fynbos plants exist. 

This diversity can mostly be attributed to the iconic fynbos which dominates the area. This fire-prone shrub is known for its diversity of plant species, most notably South Africa national flower – the king protea.

The Cape Floral Kingdom is without a doubt one of SA's most beautiful natural heritage additions, and in a recently aired video from Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, this iconic Cape Floral Kingdom is showcased in all its magnificent splendour.  

Take a look: 

There's also a major threat to this iconic part of SA. 

"Climate change has already been recorded in the Western Cape region," the report states, "with studies suggesting an average warming of 0.1–0.2ºC per decade from 1901 to 2006 in the Greater Cape Floristic Region."

This is according to a World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate report released by UNESCO, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), and the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which shows not only that is climate change real, but that it is posing a most significant threat for World Heritage sites. 

The report lists 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries that are vulnerable to increasing temperatures, melting glaciers, rising seas, intensifying weather events, worsening droughts and longer wildfire seasons. 

READ: Cape Floral Region amongst 31 World Heritage sites threatened by climate change

The video was created by Cape Town media production house Wagtale, started in 2015 by Jonathan Cornelius and Timothy Gabb. The team specialises in branded storytelling and produce character-driven documentaries, NGO documentaries, travel and tourism promotional films and animations. 

Gansbaai Xplorio, a community-based guide of the area, also assisted in the creation of the epic footage. 

The film was for Grootbos Private nature reserve and was shot on the property, right on the southern tip of Africa. 

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