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Two sites in South Africa have just been added to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by UNESCO.



The International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Programme on Man and the Biosphere (MAB) met in Paris from 8 to 12 June 2015, where they added 20 new sites to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves. Created in the early 1970s, this scientific program aims to improve relations between the inhabitants of Earth and their natural environment globally.

Biosphere reserves are learning sites for sustainable development aimed at reconciling biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. These reserves are the subject of scientific research on the conservation of landscapes and ecosystems, natural resources management and the impact of human activities. They try to be a model of sustainable development projects and environmental education. This is to support sustainable development and to improve relations between economic players and their regions.
The two new South African Biosphere reserves are:

Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve.

It covers an area of 357,870 hectares located between the cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. The site is located at the interface of two major biomes: the area of the great plateaus at the centre and the sub-Saharan savanna. It has a rich biodiversity including 443 bird species that represent 46.6% of all bird species in the Southern Africa sub-region.


In addition, it is a region of spectacular beauty, and has unique natural features, rich cultural heritage and an archaeological interest, with the “Cradle of Mankind”, which is part of a World Heritage Site that is four million years old. More than 260 000 people live in this region, and the economy is dominated by agriculture, mining, urban development and tourism. The biosphere reserve management plan aims to promote the conservation of the region to tourism, agriculture and sustainable practices (solar, water savings).
The most common activity is visiting nature reserves on foot, mountain bike, horse, car or quad biking. These areas can also be explored in a hot air balloon or microlight. Hiking or mountain biking in the mountains and fishing are two other leisure-related activities.


The Biosphere Reserve in Gouritz

It is located in the southern part of South Africa.
The site covers 3,187,892 hectares. The reserve is divided into four adjoining areas whose altitude ranges from sea level to 2,240 m. This is the only place in the world where three recognized biodiversity hotspots converge (fynbos, succulent Karoo and Maputaland-Tongoland-Albany).


The endemic plant species are numerous. The site is on the migratory route of large mammals such as leopards and serves as a nursery area for marine species. The region is essential to its water resources.
More than 260 000 people live in this region who facesdeep socio-economic problems.
One solution is to fight against youth unemployment by creating in the biosphere reserve sustainable local business models and keep developing the biodiversity to create work.

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In the middle of the bush: a unique experience!

When I entered a Hide for the first time at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, it was an amazing to experience being so close up to the animals.
You feel excited, vulnerable, tense, part of nature.
Then come the elephants…
From such a discreet position the elephants do not even know you are there, and they move close by undistrubed.
You can feel them, hear them, smell them, really see them.
To witness these great animals so closely is touching, leaving you in awe of these majestic creatures.

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saSafari invite you to immerse yourself in nature !

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