Exciting developments at Kogelberg Nature Reserve
CapeNature continues to lead the way in sustainable tourism as shown by its continued commitment to nature-based recreational and tourism facilities for locals and internationals to enjoy and explore. A case in point is the award-winning Kogelberg Nature Reserve nestled in the Cape Floristic Kingdom of Kleinmond.
The five Oudebosch mountain eco-cabins at the reserve are named after indigenous flora found in the area namely; Erica, Marsh Rose, Fire Lily, Iris and Everlasting Daisy. They each sleep four people and consist of two bedrooms, one bathroom, one en-suite, and a spacious kitchen, lounge and dining area.
Phase Two of the development has just started and will boast three six-sleeper units to accommodate larger groups with ease as well as five two-sleeper units for couples and an additional eco-pool.
Sheraaz Ismail, Marketing and Eco-Tourism Director for CapeNature says, “We are in a time where families are growing and the demand for our tourism products have increased. It is vital that we listen to what our visitors want and attempt meet their needs while ensuring minimal human interference.”
In line with the current drive to save water in the province one of the most sustainable features of this tourism developments is the use of composting toilets. These toilets, also in place at some of our other reserves, have been heralded as a modern alternative that can greatly reduce water usage. Composting toilets are completely hygienic and odour free. By not requiring a connection to municipal sewerage lines, the composting elements not only save water, but also help to protect precious wetlands from degradation.
Additional sustainable efforts include low flow shower heads, atmospheric water generators, grey water recycling and rain water harvesting.
Construction of Phase 2 is set to begin in July 2018 and is likely to be completed over a 12-month period. It will boost the local economy with job creation opportunities for people from the surrounding community.
Ismail adds, “The names of the new units have not been decided yet. We are open to suggestions from the public, as we’d like to have them feel part of the process. Ultimately, it is our nature and heritage collectively as citizens of the Western Cape.”