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Latest news

27 Oct 2021
UPDATE: Western Cape Avian Influenza outbreak

The outbreak of Avian Influenza amongst wild seabirds in the Western Cape continues, with Dyer island in the Overberg the major hotspot.

19 Oct 2021
Western Cape Avian Influenza outbreak

An Avian Influenza outbreak amongst wild seabirds continues to affect the coastal regions of the Western Cape with Dyer Island in the Overberg currently an area of great concern.

5 Oct 2021
CapeNature urges the public to practice fire safety this fire season

CapeNature responded to 76 fires resulting in 31 198.7 hectares of natural and other veld burnt during the 2020/21 fire season. As we enter the 2021/22 fire season, CapeNature appeals to the public to help prevent fires and report smoke or fire.

28 Sep 2021
Meet the winner of our "Interview with a tree" competition

The judges had a difficult decision to make, but the results are in, and we are delighted to announce the winner of this competition.

27 Sep 2021
New glamping sites at Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve near Swellendam

Five new glamping sites are available for pre-bookings NOW! Yellowwood, Red alder, Stinkwood, Sequoia (“Si-koi-ja”) and Boekenhout offers convenience and luxury with private ablution facilities and structured tents which are fully furnished.

27 Sep 2021
CapeNature shines the spotlight on job creation to mark International Tourism Day

“Tourism for inclusive growth” is the 2021 international theme marking Tourism Month and in specific, Tourism Day celebrated on 27 September 2021. CapeNature has worked tirelessly to deliver on inclusivity, not only in terms of access, but also in terms of local economic development.

Conservation in action

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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