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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

Webtickets: Book your early bird tickets quicksticks

Forests have always looked after humanity: now it is our turn to look after the forests. The Reforest Fests are a great way to do exactly this - and they are great fun to boot! In anticipation of the Fest, we at Platbos have been busy with the arduous task of clearing the dense stands of aliens that infest much of the land surrounding the Forest. Thousands of young trees, harvested from the forest floor and grown on our Tree Nursery, now eagerly await the winter rains and arrival of the GreenPoppers to replant them in their rightful home! We hope that you will join us in planting 1000's of trees at Platbos this May…

Please contact GreenPop for all Booking Enquiries:

Kindly visit our Facebook event for more info and to connect with other festgoers - additionally, book your early bird tickets quicksticks and save a bit of dough, as these tickets go fast!

Still need more info? Kindly mail tickets@greenpop.org and we'll sort you right out!

Last but not least - last year's video by Makhulu will get you thinking that cooling the planet is pretty cool :)

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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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 October 2013, 11712 trees have been planted.

Lani & Warren 3 trees for Marc and Natalie Sternberg's Wedding
Africa Exploration 5 trees
Annette Coetzee 1 trees for Annatjie Melck's 80th birthday
Greenpop planting 5000 trees
Eileen Burt 5 trees for the Cosby Family
Wickus Delport 3 bome vir die geboorte van Eulanch Joubert
Shirley van Velden 1 tree for Jare Fishlock: Thanks for
the inspiration
Wickus Delport 3 bome vir die geboorte van Samuel De Beer Jnr
We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.
As of October 2013, 11712 trees have been planted.

Peggie Chan 1 tree for Jorge's birthday
Kriges 3 trees for Neels Coetzee, in loving memory
Rinette van Rooyen 5 trees in loving memory of Jimmy
Macdonald
Rinette van Rooyen 5 trees in loving memory of Betsie Els
Rinette van Rooyen 1 tree in loving memory of Ethné
Mary van Altena
Green Cab 14 trees: WWF Transfers (Sept 2012 - June 2013)
Bryony Mills 1 tree for Alexander Rumbell's 1st birthday
We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.
As of October 2013, 11712 trees have been planted.

Annette Coetzee 1 tree for Sebastian & Elmarie's Wedding
Colleen Raine 1 tree for Alec Patrick - a lion among men
Andrew Argent 20 trees for Platbos
Marina Jenkins 1 tree Sunelle van Hansen
Marina Jenkins 1 tree Gerty Smith
Marina Jenkins 1 tree Wessie du Plessis
Ann Isralls 10 trees in memory of Mary Granig
Journey in Africa 18 trees Spring Flower Group 22-25 Aug 2013
We thank the following people for sponsoring trees recently at
Platbos Forest in our Trees for Tomorrow Reforestation project.
As of October 2013, 11712 trees have been planted.

John Gosling & Adrian Di Lollo 4 trees in loving memory of
Kerry Sanger
Cyrus Rogers 2 trees for Andre & Jenny Bimrays' 50th Birthdays
Tatum van Rooyen 1 tree for Che van Rooyen
Annette Coetzee 1 tree Samuel Badenhorst's 7th birthday
Annette Coetzee 1 tree Frikkie Steenkamp's birthday
Annette Coetzee 1 tree Ana Badenhorst's 4th birthday
Annette Coetzee 1 tree Adi Badenhorst's birthday

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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Wholesale Tree Nursery

Tree nursery staffThe Platbos Tree Nursery stocks a wide range of indigenous trees. Arborist Francois Krige and his tree care team, Krige Tree Services will even advise you on how to create a mini Platbos Forest in your garden, farm, school or community.
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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 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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Caracal caught in the Platbos camera trap
"Caught on Camera" at Platbos: the beautiful and illusive Caracal (Rooikat / Lynx). Read more in Touch Wood, our Autumn 2011 Newsletter

Platbos Forest Trail


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

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Platbos Conservation Trust

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

Public Benefit Organization (PBO) Exemption Number Registered with SARS:
930 036 766