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Latest news

20 May 2022
Tag your friends to strike a pose with CapeNature & WIN!

Plan a road trip with family and friends to visit one of the six CapeNature reserves that have a newly installed outdoor selfie frame!

19 May 2022
Join the Coolest Conservation Club This Biodiversity Day

The CapeNature Cubs Club is a digital platform for children between the ages of 4 and 13 years, where they can learn more about nature and how to protect it.

29 Apr 2022
Get a 40% Winter Discount on Your Next Family Holiday With CapeNature

Watch nature come alive this winter between 1 May - 31 August 2022 by saving 40% on select self-catering cottages and campsites. Book between 1 May and 31 August 2022.

26 Apr 2022
CapeNature Conservation Review 2022

CapeNature is proud to announce that the entity’s Annual CapeNature Conservation Review will take place on 1 and 2 June 2022. CapeNature and its partners will showcase “a year in review”, themed, Resilience is in our Nature, at the South African Medical Research Council’s Conference Venue in Tygerberg, Cape Town, as a hybrid event.

1 Apr 2022
Firewood prohibited in all CapeNature reserves as a biodiversity precaution against Shot Hole Borer

After months of scientific research and in association with conservation stakeholders and expert engagement, CapeNature has taken the decision to prohibit firewood brought in by visitors in all their nature reserves. This precaution will be in effect from 01 April 2022 until further notice.

6 Feb 2022 by Guest author: Joshua Weiss - Forge Maps
Hiking: Get the most out of your Forge App

In July 2021, CapeNature announced a partnership with Forge, the 100% Made in Mzansi mobile hiking maps app. The digital maps include super accurate trails and important points of interest, like camping sites, waterfalls and mountain peaks among others, as well as information on opening hours, facilities, contact details and more.

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
4 Dec 2021
Virtual Penguin Palooza
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26 Oct 2021
A Marine Safari webinar
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19 Sep 2021 - 26 Sep 2021
Eden Festival of Action 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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