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AfricanX TrailRun is coming to Jonkershoek


by CapeNature

by Alexis Olds – Scientific Services, CapeNature The very popular 3-day trail running stage race, AfricanX, is moving to the Cape Winelands. The event will be held from 27 – 29 April 2018 and the race village will be based at Boschendal Estate between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. The event promises spectacular views, plenty of climbing […]

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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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CapeNature WIL Internships – Take a Walk on the Wild Side


by CapeNature

How well do you remember your first job? Well, Aneesa Du Plessis won’t forget hers in a hurry! She was accepted by CapeNature into the Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) internship programme for 2016 and she spent that entire year at the De Hoop Nature Reserve helping out with a range of tasks including resource management, […]

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World Water Day 2018: Nature for Water


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The 22nd March, is World Water Day and the theme for 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ which encourages us to find solutions in nature to the challenges we face with water shortages. In South Africa, this day forms part of National Water Week which is from 18 March to 24 March in 2018. In this […]

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Whale Trail - De Hoop Nature Reserve

Human Rights Day 2018


by CapeNature

In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated on the 21st March every year, in remembrance of the Sharpeville massacre which took place on 21 March 1960. Human rights are the basic rights and freedoms that belong to every person in the world, from birth until death. They apply regardless of where you are from, […]

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How Nature Reserves Supply Water to the Cape Metro


by CapeNature

Most of the nature reserves managed by CapeNature are in mountainous areas where much of our rain falls. Just eight percent of South Africa’s land produces 50% of its surface water. These high water yield mountainous areas are strategic water resource areas and include the Boland Mountains, Groot Winterhoek and the Cape Peninsula which provide […]

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World Wildlife Day 2018


by CapeNature

On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as UN World Wildlife Day to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild animals and plants. The theme […]

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Kammanassie Nature Reserve receives life-changing donation


by CapeNature

 Fountains, rivers and streams have dried up in CapeNature’s Kammanassie Nature Reserve (KNR) in the Klein Karoo, between Uniondale and Oudtshoorn due to the severe drought caused inter alia by climate change and animals in the area have been hard hit by the lack of water. Amongst the animals in dire need is the precious […]

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The IUCN Red List explained

Monday, February 26, 2018,
by CapeNature

  The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List is a comprehensive inventory which sets criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of a range of biological species and subspecies. There are nine IUCN Red List categories: Extinct (EX) – No known individuals remaining Extinct in the wild (EW) – Known only to survive in captivity, […]

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CapeNature discusses water saving technologies at the Expresso Breakfast Show


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Ramese Mathews, Tourism Manager at CapeNature, visited the SABC 3 Expresso Breakfast Show studios recently to talk about the water saving technologies in place at various CapeNature reserves across the Western Cape Province. He discussed the challenges faced by the tourism industry in the Western Cape in the light of recent fires and drought and […]

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CapeNature shares in the spirit of camaraderie


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Nine Differently-Abled Children Prepare for the Iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour Super-Human Cyclists Give the Gift of Adventure On Sunday 11 March 2018 nine differently-abled children, ranging from eight- to twenty-years-old and with varying disabilities, will share in the spirit and camaraderie of the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour towed by able-bodied cyclists in specially […]

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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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CapeNature implores citizens to be water conscious


by CapeNature

CapeNature is committed to using as little water as possible in all its existing tourism offerings. Over the last five years the public institution implemented preventative measures on its reserves through innovative water saving technologies. As guardians of the Western Cape’s precious natural resources, CapeNature focuses on developing nature-based recreational tourism products by leveraging natural […]

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World Wetlands Day 2018


by CapeNature

Many communities across South Africa are directly dependent on wetlands for their survival, while wetlands provide indirect, but crucial services to many others. Yet despite this, these critical ecosystems are deteriorating and their capacity to provide goods and services is increasingly diminished as a result of human activities. After the signing of the Convention on […]

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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.  

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Fighting Wildlife Crime – CapeNature on the Expresso Breakfast Show


by CapeNature

Our friends at the Expresso Breakfast Show – SABC 3 invited us to talk about our water saving technologies at our various nature reserves across the Western Cape. Paul Gildenhuys, Programme Manager of the Biodiversity Crime Unit (BCU) recently appeared live on Expresso, the SABC3 breakfast show. Click to play the video below to watch […]

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Angling and Fishing - CapeNature

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


by CapeNature

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


by CapeNature

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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African Penguin chick

How To Be a Wildlife Rescue Hero


by CapeNature

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!


by CapeNature

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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