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Latest news

21 Jan 2022
WARNING: Is Getting HOT in here!

Anton Bredell, the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western Cape, through the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre, today issued a warning on the expected heatwave throughout the Western Cape this weekend.

According to the South African Weather Service, temperatures in the Western Cape will rise above 40 degrees Celsius in some places both Saturday and Sunday.

20 Jan 2022 by Philippa Huntly
Legal implications in terms of invasive alien plant species

The management of alien and invasive plant species can sometimes lead to confusion in terms of applicable legislation. There are two national laws that need to be considered, namely the Conservation of Agricultural Resources Act 43 of 1983 (CARA) and the National Environmental Management: Biodiversity Act 10 of 2004 (NEMBA). All landowners have a responsibility and legal liability in relation to the control of invasive vegetation.

17 Jan 2022
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15 Jan 2022
CapeNature goes mobile: Launch of new tourism App for visitors

Experience nature with the new CapeNature mobile app, the first of its kind for the conservation agency. Get it now for convenient maps, guides, self-check-ins, competitions, and more!

13 Jan 2022 by Karen Jurgens
It's time – announcing the five Matrics going to Antarctica

CapeNature is a proud collaborator for the second year of the “Matrics in Antarctica Project” with world renowned adventurer Riaan Manser. On Friday, 14 January 2022 at 15h15 the top 5 to join Riaan in Antarctica will be announced.

12 Jan 2022 by Wouter Kriel
Minister Anton Bredell thanks Kleinmond firefighters and firefighting entities

Anton Bredell, Western Cape Minister of Local Government, Environmental affairs and Development Planning today thanked all the firefighters and firefighting entities who worked together to put out the Kleinmond fire after 4 days of extensive and coordinated firefighting.

Conservation in action

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. 

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.

Bontebok conservation

The Greater De Hoop Conservation Area is the stronghold of bontebok conservation. Together, De Hoop Nature Reserve and the adjacent Overberg Test Range support almost half of all bontebok on protected areas.

Monitoring of the critically endangered Geometric tortoise

The geometric tortoise occurs only in the low-lying renosterveld shrublands of the Swartland, Upper Breede River Valley and Ceres Valley.

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.

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.

Events Calendar
15 Jul 2021 - 5 Nov 2021
The Conservation Symposium
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1 Sep 2021 - 17 Sep 2021
Arbor Day Event - Interview with a Tree Competition 2021
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13 Sep 2021 - 20 Sep 2021
Access Week 13- 20 September 2021
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Featured accommodation

Featured reserves

Cederberg Wilderness Area

The Cederberg was proclaimed as a Wilderness in 1973. The 66811 ha of mountainous terrain is located in the Cape Floral Region only three hours outside Cape Town, but it feels like a different world.

Explore rugged mountain terrain
Swim in crystal clear rock pools
Discover ancient rock art
Goukamma Nature 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. 

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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