Cape Town's unique & spectacular environment
The local environment is incredibly important to us at Wander Cape Town. And we’re by no means the only ones who care!
There are so many people deeply involved in the protection, restoration, and sustainable exploration of our natural spaces. So we’ve asked some of them to write about what they know and to share their knowledge so that we can all do better! We’re super excited about this project, so keep an eye out for more.
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As an avid gardener, attempting a fynbos garden was an idea I never really entertained. In my mind, they belonged in the wild and therefore
When you think about scuba diving, usually the first image that comes to mind is diving in warm tropical waters, hovering over coral reefs. But
The United Nations has declared 2021–2030 the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The aim of this initiative is to “prevent, halt and reverse the loss of
Somewhere at the tip of Africa, there is a delightful place, a place where two oceans meet. Where the warm, powerful waters of the east
Table Mountain is home to around 1 500 indigenous plant species within a 57km² area – that’s more than the entire United Kingdom of well
We have a number of public transport options in Cape Town, and all are cheap and easy to use. We’re a sprawling city with an
Birdwatching is fast becoming a very popular pastime among nature lovers. Once thought to be exclusively the interest of old or upper-class men, it has
Cape Town is one of the most biodiverse cities in the world, and is at the centre of the world’s smallest and richest plant kingdom.
Cape Town is famous for its gorgeous beaches, and for very good reason! They’re stunning, there are so many of them, and they’re surprisingly varied.
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The Local Knowledge Project is funded by myself (Katja) after many months spent trying to figure out how I can best help my city when my own knowledge and skills are limited. This initiative took on a lot of different forms in my planning stages, and I thought I had it figured out a good few times before I actually did.
In the end, though, I settled on community-sourced, community-promoting knowledge sharing. A way for us to teach each other what we know. Whether that’s how to make local traditional recipes, or how to propagate our native plantlife, or where to go freediving off our coast and how to do it without negatively impacting the ecosystem. There’s so much to learn – things that only Cape Town (and in some cases, South African) locals are qualified to teach.
So that’s the mission of this project – to provide a simple, accessible platform, and to help people communicate effectively. And see where that takes us!
- Provide a publishing space for locals
- Learn from people who have lots to teach
- Prioritize and grow community support
- Draw attention to local issues and local solutions
- Do something new and exciting!