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Then and now: Kenilworth Racecourse

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Kenilworth Racecourse is South Africa’s oldest horse racing venue and hosts various prestigious events throughout the year, including the renowned Sun Met (formerly J&B Met). The turf was proclaimed in 1882 and the land in the middle of the racecourse is now a protected conservation area.



The first race took place in 1883 and was called the Metropolitan Mile. This annual event has taken place for over a century and has evolved into what is known as the Sun Met today. The 157th race will take place in January 2019. Kenilworth Racecourse is one of the most beautiful turfs in Southern Africa and also one of the most valuable racecourses.


Kenilworth Racecourse is known for its lavish events and horse races, but it is also the perfect venue for banquets, seminars, product launches and cocktail parties. The top-notch bars and lounges make for a stylish setting for any occasion. They even have their own in-house catering team that will provide the food for an event.


Kenilworth, 1965


The Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area


In 1882, the area of land was identified as one of 35 core botanical sites in South Africa. The patch of land in the centre of the racecourse is now a protected environment known as the Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area (KRCA). This small nature reserve is one of the last remaining undisturbed patches of Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, making it an invaluable piece of land.


The KRCA is home to indigenous fynbos that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. No other single urban-based, natural vegetation reserve has as many plant species relative to size as the KRCA.



A haven for critically endangered flora and fauna


It boasts 16 seasonal wetlands and 310 plant species, of which 34 are threatened and two are endemic (only found at the KRCA). The reserve is also home to nine species of amphibian, including the critically endangered micro frog and the Cape platanna. The KRCA provides abundant resources for many other reptiles, birds and mammals.


The fynbos within the KRCA has been left undisturbed for over 100 years, but fire is an integral component of the fynbos ecosystem. Therefore, controlled burns have been conducted on occasion to assist with the rehabilitation of the land to its most natural state.


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Author: Seeff

Submitted 04 Oct 18 / Views 267