CapeNature reserves now open for overnight bookings

by CapeNature

CapeNature is pleased to announce the reopening of overnight stays for self-catering accommodation, camping, selected overnight hiking trails and eco-venues from Friday, 7 August 2020. This comes of the announcement by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane’s that South Africans will be allowed to travel for leisure again within their respective provinces.

Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Mr. Anton Bredell says “The easing of national lockdown regulations comes as a huge relief for CapeNature and the Western Cape travel and tourism sector as a whole, who are finally able to open their doors again for overnight stays.”

With the safety of visitors and staff remaining a top priority, all visitors entering a controlled CapeNature reserve entrance gate will be subjected to a screening process upon arrival. This will include the mandatory completion of a 4-step check-in process for the safety of all our visitors. This process will involve the compulsory sanitising of hands, wearing of masks, temperature checks and completion of a quick “Visitor Access Register”. A compulsory 5th step for all overnight visitors has been added, which is the completion of a “Visitor Screening Questionnaire”, for each person.

Dr. Razeena Omar, CapeNature Chief Executive Officer, reiterated, “We’re looking forward to welcoming our visitors for overnight stays again in line with the easing of regulations and following the strictest health protocols. This is certainly a step in the right direction as the tourism sector has taken a massive knock and the livelihoods of many, including our own staff, have been affected. This is an opportunity for us to generate much needed revenue and to add value again to the Western Cape economy”.

Photo: Scott Ramsay, Keurbooms Nature Reserve

The entity will momentarily close some of our tourism products and conditions such as 50% occupancy for dormitory-style accommodation, will apply to certain tourism products, due to the strict social distancing protocols. In addition, picnicking and selected activities on reserves will not be permitted.

How do I know if the tourism product is momentarily closed?

A list of all available and closed tourism products until further notice will be regularly updated here. Please familiarise yourself with our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ prior to planning your trip.

How to make a booking for overnight tourism facilities

All visitors wanting to make a booking are encouraged to make use of the online booking portal or to speak directly to a customer service agent on 087 087 8250.

Photo: Scott Ramsay, Goukamma Nature Reserve



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