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Valentine’s Day: Win a weekend stay for two at Rocherpan


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How to ENTER: Step 1: Sign up to the CapeNature newsletter here. Step 2: Read “Five reasons why CapeNature is the most romantic stay this Valentine’s Day” below. Step3: Select your favourite reason why CapeNature is the most romantic stay and tell us why by commenting on the Facebook competition post. FIVE REASONS why CapeNature […]

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Shore fishing at Keurbooms Strand


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CapeNature’s Thobani N. Mbonane, Nature Conservator for the Robberg Marine Protected Area contributed the following fascinating insight into the history of fishing along the Keurbooms coastline. Fishing Along Keurbooms Strand: Rich in History TN Mbonane Are you looking to take on a new hobby this Summer? Fishing along the Keurbooms Strand has certainly become a […]

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CapeNature Audio


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The CapeNature audio collection is a selection of podcasts and audio files that provide insight into the CapeNature mission to manage, conserve and promote our human, natural and heritage assets through best practice, access, benefit sharing and sustainable use.

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New Year’s Resolutions: Take a hike! Five must-try day hiking trails to tackle in 2018


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We all want to be fitter and healthier in 2018. Sure you could take out a gym membership or start a new eating plan and if you’re able to stick to it, then more power to you. But why not start an activity that could become a lifetime hobby while bringing you closer to nature, […]

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Swift terns infected with avian influenza


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A number of swift terns in the Western Cape have tested positive for the H5N8 strain of avian influenza. Please be on the lookout for sick or dead terns and contact the state vet in the area. In addition, the following vets are aware of the situation and are willing to assist with euthanasia: Dr […]

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Western Cape State of Biodiversity Report 2017


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CapeNature has compiled State of Biodiversity reports every five years since 2002 and the 2017 release is the fourth report. The reports aim to give some indication of the state of the ecosystems of the Western Cape Province (WCP). These reports taken together over time should provide rough trends in the health of the WCP’s […]

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How To Be a Wildlife Rescue Hero


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Often it is human nature to want to help stranded and injured Wildlife. What we do not realise is that we may be doing more harm than good. It is always important, when you come across a stranded animal or wildlife that looks injured or abandoned, to first stand back and make sure that the […]

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Put the Spotlight on Hiker Safety this Summer!


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CapeNature has many reserves near Cape Town, including Jonkershoek, Hottentots Holland, Limietberg and Kogelberg, where you can find great hiking trails, ranging from short rambles to multi-day hikes that allow you to explore the vast beauty and biodiversity of our natural resources. But, as with all outdoor activities, safety should always be a primary concern. During […]

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Call for Comment: Anysberg Nature Reserve Protected Area Management Plan


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This is a notification of the stakeholder engagement process and an invitation to attend a public meeting to provide inputs and comments to the draft Protected Area Management Plan for the Anysberg Nature Reserve. The objective of this management plan is to ensure that the protection, conservation and management of Anysberg Nature Reserve is consistent […]

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Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan – a roadmap to a sustainable and inclusive living environment


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The Western Cape Nature Conservation Board (CapeNature) is mandated to conserve the unique natural heritage resources of the Western Cape for the benefit of all. The responsibility for conserving the Western Cape’s biodiversity, however, also lies with many other state agencies within national, provincial and local spheres of government, supported by organisations in the private […]

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The Perpetual Fire Season


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With an alarming 50 fires recorded since April this year, it appears as if the Western Cape fire season has never stopped. Tony Marshall, CapeNature’s Programme Manager: Integrated Catchment Management says this is an unusual occurrence. “Traditionally, winter is not part of the fire season.” He adds “Yet, we’ve seen this change in pattern with […]

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Western Cape gearing up to meet summer fire threat


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The 2017/2018 fire season is expected to be one of the worst in recent memory with hot, dry and windy conditions expected across the province already impacted by a severe drought. Local Government and Environmental Affairs Minister Anton Bredell issued the following appeal, “We are concerned about this season and we implore the public to […]

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Researchers look to shed more light on the elusive riverine rabbit


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According to the Zoological Society of London, the riverine rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis) represents one of the top ten Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) mammal species in the world. Currently listed as Critically Endangered their futures are inextricably linked to the farmers of the Karoo on whose land most of the remaining rabbits occur. The […]

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Black Friday Discount Live!


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CapeNature is excited to announce that the much anticipated 24-hour Black Friday promotion is now live. Clients using the online booking system will qualify for a 50% discount* for any bookings made for the period, 1st January 2018 to 28th March 2018 at the following reserves: Rocherpan Vrolijkheid Grootvadersbosch Gamkaberg Gamkaskloof Anysberg Just follow these easy steps (remember […]

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Six of the best: breathtaking picnicking and camping sites in the Western Cape this summer


by CapeNature

CapeNature has a summer lifestyle holiday choice for everyone, from families to young travellers, adventurers to relaxation-seekers with activities galore on offer at your choice of nature reserves across the Western Cape. But if you just want to get away from it all and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature in tranquil surroundings this […]

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CapeNature reserves now on Google Street View!


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Cape Town based travel company Drive South Africa, has partnered with Google through the Google Street View camera loan program to capture 360-degree Street View imagery of South Africa’s top wilderness, cultural and historic sites for Google Maps, including a number of CapeNature’s trails.

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HAPPY FEET at Stony Point Nature Reserve!


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Hundreds of locals and volunteers gathered on Saturday, 28 October at Stony Point nature reserve for a cheerful send off of our friendly feathered friends; the African Penguin. If you weren’t there, you certainly missed out but don’t despair; we’ve got the captivating run down of events for you… CapeNature and The Southern African Foundation […]

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Wild Card rates for 2017-2018


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The new Wild Card rates for 2017-2018 come into effect from Wednesday 1 November 2017 and CapeNature has all the information you need to stay informed about the changes.

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CapeNature launches self-service permits portal


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  CapeNature is pleased to announce the launch of the online self-service permits portal. In this post, we will guide you through the process of registering for the self-service portal, uploading an application form and tracking the status of your enquiry.     The infographic above shows the process that a user would follow to […]

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Swimming at Anysberg

Hidden Gem in the Klein Karoo – Anysberg Nature Reserve


by CapeNature

This summer we invite you to explore, conserve and experience Anysberg Nature Reserve. Located in the heart of the Klein Karoo, off the beaten track near Ladismith, this picturesque nature reserve is renowned for its wide variety of outdoor activities and adventures. Kick back in the shade outside your cottage, with a book and a […]

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Conserve. Explore. Experience… this summer


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CapeNature invites you to #PutDownYourMarker this summer at any of our 25 pristine nature reserves! A world of adventure awaits so get ready to go hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, 4×4 trails, horse riding, swimming, and so much more. Whether you love to rough it or prefer to stay in comfort, CapeNature reserves offer the […]

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CapeNature’s World Heritage Sites – A Photo Tour


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The common feature of all properties inscribed on the World Heritage List is that they meet the requirements for outstanding universal value (OUV). The Cape Floral Region Protected Areas World Heritage Site was inscribed in 2004 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a natural serial property consisting eight Protected Areas […]

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CapeNature announces Access Week 2017 – My Nature, My Heritage


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September is Heritage Month in South Africa and, to celebrate, CapeNature is once again providing free access to all of our reserves to day visitors for one week in September. So between the 18th and the 25th September, why not head off to explore the Western Cape province a little more closely, whether its the […]

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Clanwilliam Flower Show cancelled due to drought


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This year’s Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show – an annual event that takes place in the village’s beautiful, historical Flower Church – has been cancelled due to the extreme drought in the area. This decision was made this week after thorough deliberation with all the parties involved. The Flower Show would have taken place from 25 […]

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