The Mooiplaas Private Nature Reserve is situated in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of only six plant kingdoms in the world. Although it is the smallest, the Cape Floral Kingdom is the richest plant kingdom, with 9600 plant species – more than in the United Kingdom!
Quoting UNESCO: “The Cape Floral Region represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, but is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora. Its plant species diversity, density and endemism are among the highest worldwide, and it has been identified as one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hot-spots”.
In 1995 Tielman and his wife Janine registered the Mooiplaas Private Nature Reserve on the estate, dedicating it to the conservation of endangered fynbos species. Tielman is chairman of the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy of which the Mooiplaas nature reserve forms part. The whole area falls within the Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve, which forms part of the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.