The Western Cape province is home to a number of World Heritage Sites, so named because they meet the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) requirements for containing fauna and flora of outstanding universal value. Enjoy a photo tour of CapeNature's World Heritage Sites here.
There are a large number of sites at CapeNature reserves renowned for their cultural and historical significance.
Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve contains some excellent examples of the region’s geological and archaeological heritage, including the imposing Stadsaal cave and the Truitjieskraal interpretive trail which has more than 2500 samples of San rock art.
The rock art in Gamkaberg Nature Reserve is estimated to be between 1 500 and 2 000 years old and there are approximately 40 rock art sites scattered within the Protected Area. Each of these sites has spiritual significance and records lifestyles and stories of the Khoi and San people. Remarkable and prolific examples of rock art can also be found at the Limietberg and Groot Winterhoek nature reserves.
The Klipgat cave, accessible via the De Kelders gate at Walker Bay Nature Reserve, was home to Middle Stone Age and Late Stone Age humans, and is one of the most remarkable examples of early human dwellings in South Africa. The Waenhuiskrans cave in De Mond Nature Reserve still contains historical fish traps and middens once used by the Khoi and San people.
Anysberg Nature Reserve is one of the best places in the country for stargazing under unpolluted night skies, far away from city lights. The reserve guides are trained in how best to use telescopes and binoculars to assist guests in getting the most out of the experience. Star charts are available in the reserve office for those who want to know more.