Plant a tree at Platbos indigenous forest | Africa´s Southernmost forest | Grootbos Road between Gansbaai and Hermanus

Welcome to Platbos

Africa's Southernmost Forest

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Platbos is an ancient indigenous forest situated at the foot of Africa. Described by botanist and author, Professor Eugene Moll, as a "unique South African forest jewel", this is a forest that enchants and inspires all who come to visit. Read more

Help us to protect and restore Platbos Forest

Epiphtic fernPlatbos, a relic forest with trees of over 1000 years of age, is vulnerable to runaway fires. Indigenous forests are rare and endangered ecosystems covering less than 0.05% of the Western Cape. The Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation Project was con- ceived in the wake of the devastating fires of 2006.
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Above: Platbos Reforest Fest 2017 Youtube video

Plant a Tree: Grow a Forest

Wild olive about to be plantedWhen you make a donation to plant a tree at Platbos, you are helping to conserve and extend the biodiversity of the forest. For when you plant a tree at Platbos, you are sponsoring a square metre of forest canopy and the myriad of life forms that this supports - from mosses, lichens, birds and bees, to bushbuck and honey badgers. Whether it's planting a tree in honour of someone special, or sponsoring tree planting to minimize your ecological footprint, your participation in the Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation Project is what enables us to realize our goal in conserving and rehabilitating this unique forest.

We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.

As of February 2020, 67 489 trees have been planted.

Date Name of
sponsor
No of trees planted Dedication
Feb 2020 Dave & Jenny
Janisch
2 To Erin on her 18th Birthday
Jan 2020 Jan-Carel & Manuela Brand 10 Carbon Footprint Offset
Jan 2020 Alison Nel 2 Natasja Fourie 50th Birthday Gift
Jan 2020 Sean Ingram 4 In memory of Cherry Fisher
Jan 2020 Caroline Kotze 1 Thomas - Ons is baie lief vir jou. Liefde Oupa Danie en Ouma Caroline
Jan 2020 Ivan Joubert 5 Jenna Piercy - Wishing you a very Green Christmas
Jan 2020 Jurina le Roux 1 In loving memory of Hamlet
Jan 2020 Jeanne Rainsford 1 Jeff Gordon Rainsford
Dec 2019 Sara Edstrom 12 God Jul till famijen Dodd-Edstrm-Vennberg
Dec 2019 Melissa Visser 1 Geseende Kersfees Marmie
Dec 2019 Marina Jenkins 1 Valerie Masego Boihang
Dec 2019 Linda Kirkland 3 In memory of Beverly Ann Theron
Nov 2019 Emily Flood 1 In memory of Gert Delport
Nov 2019 Carey Finn 6 Carbon offsetting
Nov 2019 Sarishka 1 Alaya
Nov 2019 Joanne Bloch 1 Happy Birthday Jay Moodley

See the full list of Reforestation Project tree sponsors

 


African Tree Essences

African Tree EssencesIf, like many of the visitors to Platbos, you are inspired by the gentle yet vibrant energy of the forest, you might like to purchase a set of the African Tree Essences.

Made from the tree flowers, clear spring water and the African sun, they hold the unique vibrational blueprint of the 13 major tree species of the forest.

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Visit Platbos Forest

Walkers and celtisCome and discover this unique forest biome for your self. The forest trail is enjoyed by tree and bird enthusiasts, and the gentle terrain and sheltering canopy make it a suitable destination for young and old alike. Bring along a picnic or contemplate the peace of Platbos at the forest's beautiful labyrinth.
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Tree Nursery

Tree nursery staff

Our nursery is now growing Platbos tree species exclusively for our Reforestation Project and is thus unfortunately closed to both the public and wholesale nurseries.

Our project’s slogan “Plant a Tree – Grow a Forest” captures the essence of this project for when one sponsors a tree at Platbos one is really sponsoring a square metre of forest canopy and the myriad of life forms that this supports - from mosses, lichens, birds and bees, to bushbuck and honey badgers.

Click for a larger version of this mapWe hope to welcome you soon in person!

Only a two hour drive from Cape Town yet light years away from the 'maddening crowd', Platbos, unusual forest gem that it is, will win a special place in your heart.

Platbos Forest Accommodation

Forest Camp: Eco-friendly and "off-grid" private, tented accommodation, this forest venue sleeps up to 4 guests. For larger groups, you are welcome to bring along your own extra tents etc.
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The Old Olive Cabin
Situated nearby to one of Platbos Forest's most ancient trees - a Wild Olive of over 800 years old - offers you a wonderful opportunity to retreat for a weekend (or more) of peace and tranquillity in this magical forest.
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Honey Bee Suite: Eco-friendly and off-grid, offering private, tented accommo- dation, this forest venue sleeps 2 guests. Guests enjoy the privilege of having this unique and beautiful forest venue all to themselves.
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Bush Buck Suite: Eco-friendly and off-grid private accommo- dation, this forest venue sleeps 2 guests. Exclusive in that guests enjoy the privilege of having this unique and beautiful forest venue all to themselves.
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Owl Camp:
Set beneath a majestic white stinkwood tree and surrounded by forest. Secluded and truly unique experience for camping enthusiasts. Facilities are for the exclusive use of those booking the site.
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Platbos Forest is an "off-the-grid" enterprise. The majority of nursery, office and household activities are powered by renewable energy sources. All waste is recycled and composted where possible and the tree nursery runs according to organic growing principles.

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Download our e-brochureDownload our Platbos e-booklet that explains our work and the importance of Platbos


"Caught on Camera" at Platbos

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caught in the Platbos camera trap

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Platbos Forest Trail


for bird and tree enthusiasts.
Discover the magic of this ancient forest as you wander its gentle, meandering pathways.

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Platbos Conservation Trust

Platbos Conservation Trust: Nonprofit Organization Registration Number:
086-576-NPO