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icon/bouldering_greenicon/bouldering_blueBoulderingBouldering
icon/swimming_greenicon/swimming_blueSwimmingSwimming
icon/fishing_greenicon/fishing_blueRecreational fishingRecreational fishing
icon/whalewatching_blueWhale watchingWhale watching
icon/birdwatching_greenicon/birdwatching_blueBirdwatchingBirdwatching
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icon/cycling_greenicon/cycling_blueMountain biking and cyclingMountain biking and cycling
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Kogelberg Nature Reserve
1 May 2024

Get CapeNature’s 40% winter discount on your next getaway!

Pack your bags, grab the essentials and head towards one of CapeNature’s pristine reserves for your next winter holiday, and take advantage of our spectacular 40% saving on select self-catering accommodation and campsites.

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7 Jun 2024
Restoration: Helihack

CapeNature participated in the Boosmansbos Helihack to remove invasive species from the Duiwenhoks catchment in the Langeberg Strategic Water Source Area. The Helihack initiative is an extraordinary commitment by volunteers to rid catchments of the most difficult-to-manage invasive alien trees.

Fresh water fish
7 Jun 2024
Freshwater fish survey, Chanting Ridge Stewardship Site

CapeNature conducted a mini freshwater fish survey through the Leslie Hill Succulent Karoo Trust stewardship project at a site on the Touws River. The survey involved landowners from two properties, the Chanting Ridge stewardship site and Bellair.

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6 Jun 2024 by CapeNature
World Oceans Day 2024 - understanding our impact on the ocean

The link between oceans and the land is often not well understood. People describe the ocean as that massive water space out there. Little do they know that where they live and how they live actually impacts on this ocean, so much so that they, in their small way, can contribute to a healthy ocean or a polluted ocean.

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3 Jun 2024
Invitation to comment on the Draft 2023 Western Cape Biodiversity Spatial Plan

Members of the public are invited to submit written comments on the Draft 2023 Western Cape Biodiversity Plan. See full article for all the details.

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1 Jun 2024
All-year-round rewarding experiences at a once-off price!

Experience nature like no other by paying a once-off fee and getting unlimited access to explore CapeNature’s beloved reserves in the Western Cape. Imagine that? CapeNature welcomes all nature lovers to join the Wild Card programme – find the option that suits you, and for the next 365 days, you can visit any reserve with zero access fees.

Kogelberg Nature Reserve
24 May 2024
CapeNature announces exciting winter accommodation special

CapeNature is thrilled to announce its latest winter promotion for all nature enthusiasts. Overnight

visitors can enjoy a massive 40% discount on all accommodations at select CapeNature reserves until

31 July 2024. These winter savings offer the opportunity to experience the breathtaking beauty of the

Western Cape’s natural wonders at a fraction of the cost.

Conservation in action

Mirriam Plaatjies
Celebrating gender equality in conservation

There is a number of women working at CapeNature in so-called non-conventional roles. The entity is known for creating an enabling environment where women employees can thrive and progress. 

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Groenvlei Carp Project

The Invasive Fish Species Management Non Profit Company (IFSM) consists of a group of volunteers that approached CapeNature in 2018 to remove invasive carp from Groenvlei lake by means of fishing bows.

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Monitoring the Great White Shark

The waters around Dyer Island are an important seasonal feeding ground for great white sharks. Researchers working through Dyer Island Conservation Trust have demonstrated a decrease in white shark sightings around the island since 2017. 

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Possibly extinct Brenton blue butterfly

Of the two localities at which it is known to have occurred, the Brenton blue butterfly is now extinct at one (Nature’s Valley) and possibly extinct at the other (the Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve near Knysna).


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Conservation of Barrydale redfin

The tiny Critically Endangered Barrydale redfin, for example, is limited to just 40 km2 in the Tradouw catchment where it is threatened by water abstraction, pollution and alien fish.

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Rough moss frog

The rough moss frog occurs at a single locality on the southern slopes of the Klein Swartberg Mountain. The main threats to this species are invasive alien plants and too-frequent fires.

Featured accommodation

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Algeria - Cottages

Cederberg Wilderness Area
Blacktail Chalet

Blacktail Cottage

Goukamma Nature Reserve
CN ROCH Moorhen LR 9918

Coot, Moorhen, Egret and Shoveler

Rocherpan Nature Reserve

Reviews

Exceptionally clean with friendly staff and we had a lovely experience. Thank you so much.
Marina Knight 13 Jun 2024
Everything was superb, the Pamiet Honeymoon suite was a highlight. Good value for money and on same level as private luxury accommodation at double the price per night.
Chris Meiring 13 Jun 2024
We had a wonderful time at Tierkloof lodge at Gamkaberg. Staff was a wonderful host and made us feel so welcome. Everything at the camp was superb. The tents, the cleanliness of the kitchen/boma/bathrooms. We had a wonderful time with friends. Staff is really going the extra mile!
Joalitha van Zyl 13 Jun 2024

Featured reserves

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Goukamma Nature Reserve

We recommend that you use a vehicle with a high ground clearance when traversing on reserve.

Goukamma Nature and Marine Reserve was proclaimed a marine protected area in 1990 and it is heralded as one of the country’s conservation success stories. The reserve stretches along 16.5km of the coastline between Buffalo Bay and Platbank, and 2 500 hectares inland.

Fact

Buffalo Valley’s three self-catering timber lodges are fully equipped and sleep between four to six people. 

Fact

Buffalo Valley is a large conservation area  two kilometres from the warm Indian Ocean. 

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Marloth Nature Reserve

Marloth Nature Reserve is hidden away in the imposing Swellendam Mountains, between Swellendam, Ashton, Barrydale and Suurbraak. The peaceful reserve, which is 14 123 hectares in size, is managed together with 16 532 hectares of privately owned land, and is a World Heritage Site.

Explore beautiful fynbos with patches of forest
Over 25 species of erica flowers found here

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