The Platbos Forest is Africa’s Southernmost Forest and is home to some trees that are over 1000 years old! Why is the Platbos Forest so unique? Well, the canopy make-up of the forest occurs nowhere else. It has the elements of a coastal forest with trees such as milkwoods, sea guarrie, pock ironwoods and wild olive and is unusually combined with Afromontane forest elements such as white stinkwood, hard pear, white pear, wild peach and bladdernut. It is the hard pears, white stinkwood and white pears that give the forest its special character. Did you know that it is unusual to find white stinkwoods so far south?
Not only is the Platbos Forest home to amazing flora such as the trees I mentioned (and many more) and beautiful shrubs; bulbs and creepers, but it is also home to some of Africa’s most beautiful animals such as Barn Owls, African Wild Cat’s and even Leopard! Plus it is home to the endangered Leopard Toad! To see what other trees and plants grow in the forest, click here and to have a look at the list of other beautiful animals that live in the Forest, click here.
Most of you know about the terrible fires that happened in Cape Town recently, well it even affected the Platbos Forest! So most of their fund-raising is now aimed at protecting the forest from future forests. You can find out how to make a donation or to plant a tree, click here.
If you want to visit, you can go for a forest walk or even stay over at the eco-friendly accommodation they offer! Click here for more details.