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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.

kelp forest

Getting to know the kelp forests of Cape Town

Delve into the underwater world of Cape Town’s kelp forests with Jethro, a local freediver and environmentalist. Explaining the vital ecological role of these marine

View of restored Fynbos at Lower Tokai Park

Ecosystem restoration in Cape Town

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

Cape Point views

A magical place where two oceans meet

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

birds in Cape Town

27 Stunning native birds in Cape Town

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

Project mission

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!

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We post weekly local knowledge topics to Facebook and Instagram. Follow along and keep an eye out. Maybe you or someone you know will be just the person to write the upcoming article!

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