New Year’s Resolutions: Try something new in 2018!

by CapeNature

Whatever your fitness level or appetite for adventure, there’s something new out there for everyone to experience for the first time in 2018. In this blog we feature something for everyone; stargazing in Anysberg, whale watching in the Overberg, kloofing and zip lining in the Hottentots Holland and canoeing on the Keurbooms River.  

Go Stargazing in Anysberg

Anysberg Nature Reserve – Western Cape – South Africa

Far from the bright lights and pollution of urban centres, Anysberg Nature Reserve is the perfect location to admire the canopy of stars formed by the Milky Way overhead.  Fire up the braai and relax while sharing campfire stories under a star-studded African sky. To identify the different constellations be sure to consult with the reserve manager as telescopes, binoculars, books and star charts are available from the office.

For the complete stargazing experience at Anysberg, contact the reserve office on 023 551 1922 and enquire about Planet Trek which allows guests to walk, cycle or ride on horses to Tapfontein, which has planet markers along the route, set to proportionally reflect the distance between the planets. An outdoor dinner and overnight stay at Tapfontein completes the experience. There’s also a raised stargazing platform located next to the office, complete with a telescope, which is the perfect place to explore the brilliant night sky.

Go Kloofing in Suicide Gorge and Riviersonderend

If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone, it doesn’t get more challenging than the Riviersonderend and Suicide Gorge kloofing trails in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. Kloofing is an adrenaline-pumping way to explore the Hottentots Holland and its clear mountain pools. It involves a combination of hiking, leaping off cliffs into deep pools and swimming through mountain streams. But don’t take our word for it – just check out the video below!

Just make sure you have an experienced kloofer with you at all times (someone who has done Suicide Gorge before is non-negotiable) and that you follow all the safety instructions on the signboards along the route. Note that these kloofing routes are closed from 1 May until 31 October every year. This closure is strictly enforced, and bookings will only be taken for the period 1 November to 30 April the next year.

Go Canoeing on the Keurbooms River

Situated in the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve in the Garden Route, the Whiskey Creek canoe trail takes you on a leisurely canoeing experience, with a stopover in the Whiskey Creek cabin. The reserve boasts amazing views of the local indigenous forest, where you can see many examples of the Cape beech, giant stinkwoods and the beautiful Outeniqua yellowwoods.

This is an overnight trail with accommodation provided in the Whiskey Creek Cabin. We recommend that visitors leave no later than 16:00 in summer and 15:00 in winter to ensure they make it to the cabin before nightfall. The adventure begins with a four-hour paddle, stopping along the way at picnic sites or for a leisurely swim in the river. Children must be accompanied by adults. Guests will spend the night in the Whiskey Creek Cabin. The rapids can be challenging and the walk to the cabin is 400m requiring certain levels of fitness.

Go Ziplining in the Hottentots Holland Mountains

Cape Canopy Tour, Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, CapeNature

The Cape Canopy Tour is a fully guided nature experience which in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve which consists of 13 platforms and slides up to 320m long. It is set among the cliffs, forest, waterfalls and diverse fynbos of the nature reserve.

Two trained guides accompany each group on the 3 hour tour, which also includes a 4×4 journey through the nature reserve and lunch on the decks of the Sunbird Café.

The Cape Canopy Tour is suitable for almost all ages (5 – 75 is the recommended limit) and will operate in most weather conditions.

For more information or booking enquiries please contact Ryan on 021 3000 501 or email ryan@capecanopytour.co.za.

Go Whale Watching in the Overberg

Whale watching season is prime time to visit the Overberg. Walker Bay Nature Reserve offers some of the best land-based whale watching around, with hundreds of southern right whales flocking to the sheltered bay to calve their young. A little further up the coast lie the picturesque De Hoop and De Mond Nature Reserves which both offer further opportunities to view the gentle giants up close during spring. De Hoop, is famous for the Whale Trail, where visitors days hike along a coastline providing spectacular views of marine life.


So those are our five activities to try for 2018. There’s something there for everyone but they’re just a taste of what you can expect when you visit a CapeNature reserve, so make sure you check out everything we have to offer on our activities page by clicking here.

If you’d like to make a booking, please call us on (021) 483-0190 or email reservation.alert@capenature.co.za.

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