Where are we located?
The Umkhondo Project is set against the majestic Langeberg Mountain Range on the world famous Garden Route Coast in South Africa.
Renowned for its spectacular scenery and mild climate, the Garden route boasts a pristine coastline, enormous wetlands, salt marshes, rivers, sky-scraping indigenous forests all in-filled with a richly diverse, beautiful and unique flora + fauna.
The Garden Route is widely considered one of the worlds great wonders and is home to species not found anywhere else on the planet – some of which are unfortunately extremely endangered: The magnificent Bontebok, the Cape Mountain Zebra, the Cape Sugar Bird and an endless number of plant species.
One focus at the reserve is to restore, maintain and protect these indigenous plants species.
The Fynbos – a term given to a collection of plants comprised of species belonging to South Africa’s southwestern and southern Cape – is a unique plant biome only found here on the Garden Route.
These Fynbos make up four-fifths of the Cape Floral Kingdom covering an area of approximately 90 000 square kilometres (the size of Malawi or Portugal) and hosts 8600 plant species.
Table Mountain alone has almost 1500 species in 57 square kilometres.
So special is The Cape Floral Kingdom that it has been designated as one of earth’s six plant kingdoms, and while it may be the smallest Floral Kingdom, it is in a league of its own.
The Cape Floral Kingdom contains 526 of the world’s 740 erica species, 96 out of the world’s 160 gladiolus species and 69 out of the world’s 112 proteas.
We work on a few different reserves depending on where we are most needed for example:
Garden Route Game Lodge (big5):
Set against the scenery of the magnificent Langeberg mountain range, the Garden Route Game Lodge protects the entrance to the world renowned Garden Route coast in South Africa. Volunteers will live in simple but comfortable accommodation in the heart of the Garden Route Game Lodge. The Garden Route, known for its mild climate and spectacular scenery, has a pristine coastline, rivers, salt marshes, vast wetlands, lofty indigenous forests all occupied by abundant, beautiful and distinct fauna and flora. This malaria-free, private game reserve in Mossel Bay is home to a breath-taking diversity of bird and animal life, including the Big 5. Mossel Bay, which lies between the mountains and the sea, offers a remarkable mix of African wilderness experiences.
Bergsig Game Reserve:
Bersig reserve only 8km from the lovely coastal town Hartenbos is popular for its unique breeding gene pool mainly antelope and buffalo. Volunteers help with game counts and moving different groups of special antelope from one area to another (black, white and coffee coloured springbuck golden wildebeest and many more amazing variations).
This reserve has sadly lost 2 rhino to poaching and we aim to create awareness and protect their remaining rhino. Work at this reserve could include the use of a helicopter and this gives volunteers the opportunity to get a bird eye view of their hard work.