Get to know some of the special plants you could find in the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area… and get to know our team members.

International Plant Appreciation Day reminds the world to take a closer look at plants, to remember not only why we can’t live without them, but also why we choose not to.

So our NWSMA team members got down on their hands and knees, to smell the fynbos and renosterveld, and choose their favourites…

Erica Brink


Well, I had to choose my namesake, didn’t I. So my favourite plant is the Erica vestita – a beautiful fynbos species that you’ll find in the NWSMA, but also on the farm that I live on with my husband and daughter. 

Gerty HoltZhausen


There are so many to choose from. I love the Proteas. But I would say my favourite is the Pincushion (Leucospermum cordifolium). They’re a common sight on the NWSMA, but are actually threatened. I love them because they’re so unique.

Ross Kettles

(Project Manager)

My favourite is definitely the Drosera, especially the Drosera cistiflora. I usually find them on the NWSMA’s mountains in the Overberg Sandstone Fynbos. And who wouldn’t like a carnivorous plant, that catches and then consumes its prey in its sticky tentacles.


(Ecosystem Services Team Leader)

I used to work on a cultivated flower farm before becoming a team leader at the NWSMA. I spent a lot of time among the King Proteas (Protea cynaroides) on this farm, and since that time, they have become my favourite (especially seeing them in the wild).

Vanessa McKibbon

(Financial Manager)

The Amaryllis Belladonna may be a poisonous plant, but it’s still my favourite. I’ve been enjoying the landscapes covered in pink on my drive to work this past month, as they only flower around this time. They’re so pretty, and they also smell lovely.

Eugéne Hahndiek

(Conservation Manager: Game & Veld Management)

Take a look at this fantastic plant. It’s called a ‘Gifbol’, or Poison bulb, because it’s poisonous. It was used for arrow tips in the past. If you touch your eyes after touching the Boophone disticha, it causes eye irritation. Numbers are declining, though, due to illegal trade.