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21 Feb 2024
Tour Guides! Take Our Survey And Stand A Chance To Win

In honour of tourist guides, CapeNature and the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT) would like to recognise the important role tour guides play within the tourism industry in the province and beyond.

Kogelberg Nature Reserve
9 Feb 2024
Embrace Love in the Splendor of Nature

Love is in the air at CapeNature reserves this February! If you are planning to wine and dine your beloved or are in need of some self-care in the breathtaking views and wide open spaces of nature then visit one of our reserves.

Young hikers from Hikers Network appreciating the beauty of a wetland during last years World Wetlands Day
2 Feb 2024
CapeNature celebrates World Wetlands Day 2024

World Wetlands Day, celebrated every year on 2 February, marks the signing of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, an intergovernmental treaty with the mission to conserve wetlands. This day is celebrated to raise public awareness about the importance and value of wetlands. The theme for 2024 is “Wetlands and Human Wellbeing”.

Zebra's busking in the sun in the bushveld
25 Jan 2024
One of a kind – a unique Cape mountain zebra foal born at Sanbona

The birth of a unique foal at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is a beacon of hope for Cape mountain zebra conservation. Over the last 300 years, hunting and habitat destruction has decimated Cape mountain zebra numbers and isolated the three remaining small populations.

A person admiring the beauty of the waterfall
10 Jan 2024
Dive into West Coast Wonder

If you love being in the wild or are a water baby, this region is for you. The West Coast is truly a remarkable destination that offers a unique and diverse natural environment. If you want to find out more about our offerings and nature reserves to visit when in the West Coast, you have come to the right place.

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8 Jan 2024
CapeNature Welcomes Dr Ashley Naidoo as New CEO

CapeNature is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ashley Naidoo as its new Chief Executive Officer. Dr Naidoo commenced his duties on 1 January 2024 and succeeds Dr Razeena Omar, who retired at the end of last year after serving in the role for the past decade.

Conservation in action

Mirriam Plaatjies
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. 

IFSMFN
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.

5.1.3.2. Landscape South fauna image_Bontebok Kevin Shaw
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.

Geometric Tortoise
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.

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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.

Berg River Redfin
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
Young hikers from Hikers Network appreciating the beauty of a wetland during last years World Wetlands Day
2 Feb 2024
World Wetlands Day 2024
World Wetlands Day 2024
2 ND BATCH Access Week 2023 05
23 Sep 2023 - 29 Sep 2023
Access Week 2023
Access Week 2023
World Tourism Month Recovered 18
7 Sep 2023
Tourism Month Panel Discussion
Tourism Month Panel Discussion

Featured accommodation

Cederberg Algeria new cottages 1

Algeria - Cottages

Cederberg Wilderness Area
Blacktail Chalet

Blacktail Chalet

Goukamma Nature Reserve
CN ROCH Moorhen LR 9918

Coot, Moorhen, Egret and Shoveler

Rocherpan Nature Reserve

Reviews

Rocherpan is the most amazing getaway. Your staff are exceptional there, and the welcome we received from Josh and Janine was outstanding. We love the fact that the reserve is almost completely self-sustaining, and the design and build of the accommodation is such that in the height of summer you don't feel the heat and in the depth of winter the units are warm. Kudos to the team who designed and did this work.
James King 24 Aug 2023
My husband and I have stayed at many many campsites over the years, but Grootvadersbosch remains one of the cleanest, best designed and best run in our experience. The staff are admirably dedicated to their jobs and even though we were virtually the only campers for much of our stay, all of the facilities were kept spotless the whole time we were there which we very much appreciated.
Cara Hindes 23 Aug 2023
We enjoyed our stay very much. I do not think there is anything I would change. All was very good and comfartable.
Nicolaas Kleinhans 23 Aug 2023

Featured reserves

Cederberg Landscape Scott Ramsay
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
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Goukamma Nature Reserve

We recommend that you use a vehicle with a high ground clearance when traversing on 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 Watervalkloof
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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