Welcome to the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve

On the southern edge of Africa lies a place all humans can call “home” – the place where almost 200 000 years ago our earliest modern ancestors began their journey across Africa and the world. This place is located in the heart of the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR). Registered as a non-profit company, the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve organisation is a citizens’ initiative dedicated to the conservation of our region’s biodiversity, tied to socioeconomic development for the wellbeing of its peoples. UNESCO has recently designated the region as a place of major biodiversity significance for the planet.

Our Inspiration

By 2020, the GCBR will be (inter-)nationally recognised and respected for its balanced and effective approach to ecological sustainability and human development.

The GCBR will be experienced as an inclusive, approachable and ‘desired collaborator’ for all population groups and institutions in the domain.

The film, It’s Everybody’s Business, was initiated, written, produced and sponsored by Neil Curry, an international award-winning environmental film producer.

The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve was established in 2011 and finally designated by UNESCO on the 9th June 2015. It’s a community-based initiative that aims to protect and restore the natural environment of the Klein Karoo, while at the same time encouraging the continued healthy growth of the local economy. This film sets out to tell this story.  We encourage you to purchase a copy of this outstanding DVD and show it to your family, friends and associates. Order your copy now for only R100.00 from the GCBR Secretary at  admin@gouritz.com.