Welcome to the home of the Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment (MZCPE)!
The Protected Environment is situated in the Eastern Cape and falls between 4 towns namely; Graaff-Reinet, Nieu-Bethesda, Cradock and Pearston. It was formally declared in April 2016 by the Minister of Environmental Affairs for the purpose of maintaining the landscape in terms of its scenic, biodiversity and landscape value through collective action by the private landowners and to protect the area from detrimental developments. The protected environment is located in a transitional area between four biomes: Grassland, Nama Karoo, Thicket and Savanna. All of the major vegetation types are currently very poorly conserved elsewhere in South Africa. Being a transition area between biomes allows for an interesting mix of flora and fauna, as well as important ecological and landscape processes. Climate change, detrimental development, mining, inappropriate historical management of herbivores, and the risk of fire present the biggest threats to the protected environment’s vital attributes.
About this site
This site is a platform for the members of the Protected Environment to showcase all the wonderful work happening in the MZCPE. Here you will find information on a host of exciting projects, things to do in the area and places to stay. The karoo is known for its meat and fibre industry as most farmers here are stock farmers. There are also a number of game farms and reserves in the area and most landowners have a game componant operating together with their stock farming. The karoo is famous for its fine cuisine of feel good meals and treats and the karoo hospitality is something all should experience.
Take the time to explore the site to find out more about:
Partners - Find out who we work with and the wonderful organisations that helped make the MZCPE happen.
Accomodation - Want to visit? Check out the accomodation options available in the MZCPE.
Explore - Want to find out what you can do here, check the Explore pages to find the right activity for you.
Events - Check out the annual events the MZCPE holds. Come particpate be part of the MZCPE conservation story.
Businesses - Check out businesses operating in the MZCPE.
Management - Have a look at the programmes of the management plan and the exciting projects we are involved in.