Knysna-Amatole montane forests

WWF Abstract

Located along the South African coast from Mossel Bay to the Krom River and inland to the Outeniqua and Titsikamma Mountains, this is the southernmost montane forest on the African continent. The true yellowwood--a towering tree with gray bark and thin, glossy green leaves--is the national tree of South Africa, and there are few better places to see this magnificent tree than the Knysna-Amatole Montane Forests. In this rugged wilderness, true yellowwood trees as tall as 115 feet (35 m) are joined by towering Outeniqua yellowwoods--cone-shaped trees with long, bluish leaves. Beneath the yellowwoods grow hard pear trees, distinguished by dark gray bark that becomes flaky with age. One of the natural treasures of this region is the Tsitsikamma National Park. Its hilly landscape drops abruptly to a rocky shoreline and is dissected by deep narrow valleys and gorges from six different rivers. These remote and wild habitats are home to rarely seen animals, including leopards, honey badgers, duiker antelopes, and vervet monkeys.
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Ecozone:Afrotropic
Biome:Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Countries:South Africa
Area:767,999 acres (310,798 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Tsitsikamma National Park
Wilderness National Park
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER