Conrad Beyrich was a German engineer and traveller. In January 1888 he joined F.E. Bachmann* in an exploration of Pondoland (the northern and central coastal regions of the Transkei, between the Mtamvuna and Mtata Rivers). At that time they were both representatives of the Berlinische Pondo Gesellschaft. Starting from Marburg Mission they visited, among others, present Lusikisiki, Port St Johns, Port Grosvenor, and Msikaba. Beyrich collected about 6000 plant specimens, which are in the Botanisches Museum in Berlin. He and Bachmann were furthermore the first travellers definitely known to have collected land snails in the Transkei.