The Klein Karoo is amongst the most diverse and fragile biospheres in South Africa and uniquely home to the confluence of three distinct biomes: fynbos, Karoo succulent and thicket. The fynbos and Karoo succulent biomes are globally recognized as biodiversity hotspots, harbouring endemic and endangered species of fauna and flora found nowhere else on the planet. The unique diversity of this area is underlined by the fact that more species of fauna are found in a 120 km radius of Calitzdorp than in the whole of Europe.
Thirty years ago Carel realised that ‘it is only a matter of time before people will be paid to plant trees.’ This vision was the motivation for the establishment of the the Rooiberg Conservancy and the rehabilitation of almost 2 200 ha of veld.
Bountifully populated by the hardy spekboom (Portulacaria afra), one of the planet’s most efficient carbon sequestrating plants, the conservation of this piece of natural veld ensures that all Boplaas’ farming activities are carbon negative.
Boplaas is also proud to be a part of the ongoing research of the Cape Leopard Trust on the elusive Cape leopards, which occur in the Rooiberg and Swartberg mountain ranges. At the last count 23 individuals have been spotted in the Calitzdorp area, including females with cubs and juveniles.
With such a rich fauna and flora, we invite visitors to come and enjoy the incredible scenery, while being mindful of the fragility of our area, including the tortoises which cross the R62.
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Calculation of the Carbon Sequestration:
Total = 2223 ha
1005 ha = Valley Thicket
750 ha = Arid Thicket
4t/ha/yr for Valley Thicket
2t/ha/yr for Arid Thicket
1005(4) + 750(2) = 5520t/C/year
5520t/C/yr for Spekboom (Portulecarie afra) only.
Research from: Mills, A.J., and Cowling, R.M. 2006 Rate of Carbon Sequestration at Two Thicket Restoration Sites in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Restoration Ecology 14 (1):38-49