About us

About Us Background - Oompie Ben from Dobbelaarskop

In South Africa there is increasing pressure to ensure sustainable livelihoods in the light of historical inequities, current levels of poverty (especially in rural areas) and global environmental and social change. Rural poverty is a recognized driver of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss. It is thus crucial to find innovative ways to link sustainable livelihoods to natural resources and the rich cultural heritage of the country.

 The Rooibos Heritage Route aims to support sustainable livelihoods especially for small scale farmers along the scenic back route between Nieuwoudtville and Wupperthal via the historic hamlet of Welgemoed in the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor (GCBC). The route is anchored at either end in three conservation areas (the Hantam National Botanical Garden, the Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve and the Cederberg Wilderness Area), and links in the Northern Cape’s first private nature reserve, the Blomfontein Nature Reserve. Along its route it traverses the renosterveld and fynbos areas of the Bokkeveld Plateau, the succulent Karoo of the Doring River valley, and the mountains and valleys of the Cederberg.

Objectives 

  • To contribute to biodiversity conservation and sustainable land use by developing nature-based alternative livelihood strategies of small-scale farming communities along the Rooibos Heritage Route in the Greater Biodiversity Corridor. 


  • To develop the capacities of new and existing businesses owned and managed by disadvantaged members of the local community to run profitable and sustainable eco-enterprises and provide ongoing mentoring to support a sustainable income generation while supporting a strong sense of natural and cultural identity.


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Partners

Cape Nature, Hantam Municipality, Cederberg Municipality, Nieuwoudtville Tourism Office, Wupperthal Rooibos Tea Cooperative, Kleinvlei Toerisme, Heuningvlei Tourisme, Red Cedar, Wupperthal Tourism Office, Opsieners Raad of Wupperthal, Environmental Monitoring Group,  Indigo development & change, Lekkerbekkie Restaurant Wupperthal, Heiveld Cooperative, Clanwilliam Tourism Office

The Rooibos Heritage Route was supported with a grant through the UNDP GEF-SGP. 

© Indigo development & change  2015