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Siyaya – Wildest Cape


by CapeNature

CapeNature is proud to partner with the Siyaya team on SABC2 to bring viewers nine episodes of Siyaya – Wildest Cape where youth from various parts of the Western Cape travel to Goukamma, Robberg, Cederberg, Bird Island, Lambert’s Bay, Hottentots Holland and De Hoop nature reserves. In Siyaya – Wildest Cape, the young adventurers, led […]

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CapeNature supports Marine Month


by CapeNature

CapeNature currently manages six Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on behalf of the Department of Environmental Affairs: Oceans and Coast, namely Robberg, Goukamma, Stillbaai, De Hoop, Betty’s Bay and Rocherpan. Marine protected areas aim to conserve marine life and promote the conservation and effective management of biodiverse marine areas. They are an example of successful collaboration […]

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Published in Care for Nature

Hermanus Whale Festival 2018


by CapeNature

Whale watchers descended on Hermanus this past weekend from all parts of the country for the town’s whale festival which was on from 28 -30 September 2018 and they certainly weren’t disappointed as large numbers of southern right whales played up to the crowd, frolicking in the tranquil waters of Walker Bay. From June until […]

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Don’t Be Trashy!


by CapeNature

Nature offers so much and it is the responsibility of us all to conserve the unique natural heritage resources of the Western Cape for the benefit of future generations. Nature works like a natural factory to provide us with clean, fresh water and other natural ecosystem services.  Water travels all the way from our majestic […]

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Published in Care for Nature

Access Week 2018 is in Full Swing!


by CapeNature

September is Heritage Month in South Africa and, to celebrate, CapeNature is once again providing free access to all of our reserves to day visitors from 17-24 September. We asked you to share your pics on social media as you venture into the great outdoors with friends and family and the response has been great. […]

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Published in In the media, Uncategorized

Fish die-off at Groenvlei (Lake Pleasant), Goukamma Nature Reserve

Monday, September 17, 2018,
by CapeNature

Groenvlei is a natural lake near Sedgefield in the Garden Route region of South Africa. Most of the lake falls within the Goukamma Nature Reserve which is managed by CapeNature.  Groenvlei is a conservation worthy lake because it represents a naturally rare ecosystem in the Western Cape (a natural lake) and has genetically distinct populations of […]

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Access Week 2018 – My Nature, My Heritage


by CapeNature

CapeNature is delighted to announce that access to all CapeNature reserves will be free from 17 – 24 September 2018 during Heritage month. Heritage has been defined as “that which we inherit: the sum total of wild life and scenic parks, sites of scientific or historical importance, national monuments, historic buildings, works of art, literature […]

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Celebrating Women in Conservation: Nosicelo Luhabe


by CapeNature

“I want to thank CapeNature for giving us this opportunity, it means a lot to us and it really opens doors for us”, these are the words uttered by Nosicelo Luhabe after receiving her certificate for her tremendous work as a Pupil Field Ranger under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). During the month of […]

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How freshwater fish are affected by drought conditions


by CapeNature

We’ve all seen the pictures showing the effects of drought – parched landscape, with sun-baked, cracked topsoil but what about the effect that the warmer climate has on freshwater fish in rivers and streams? Dean Impson, CapeNature scientist, takes up the story. Most South Africans know that Cape Town and surrounds are in the midst […]

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Celebrating Women in Conservation – Lucille Ross


by CapeNature

August is Women’s Month, and we’re celebrating remarkable women in conservation.  Today the spotlight is on Lucille Ross, Assistant Biodiversity Compliance Officer at CapeNature’s Biodiversity Crime Unit. CapeNature’s Biodiversity Crime Unit combats the illegal trading of animals and plants in the Western Cape. The unit also provides the public with advice and information on various issues […]

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2018 Merrell Whale of Trail: record-breaking times, record-breaking numbers of whales!


by CapeNature

CapeNature is proud to a partner and sponsor for the 2018 Merrell Whale of Trail event, which is held at the De Hoop Nature Reserve and follows the iconic five-day whale trail hiking route at the reserve. Astonishingly, the ultra runners complete all 53km including a total elevation of 1900m in just one day, through […]

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A Whale of a Weekend at De Hoop Nature Reserve


by CapeNature

When southern right whales visit the waters off the southern Cape coast during June and December every year they’re being watched – very carefully. So carefully in fact, that the research conducted represents one of the longest continuous studies of any marine mammal in the world. Aerial photo-identification surveys of the whales have been conducted […]

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Celebrating Women in Conservation: Helene van der Westhuyzen


by CapeNature

Meet Helene van der Westhuyzen, Conservation Services Manager at CapeNature. We spoke to her as part of our women in conservation series for August (Women’s Month). Nature conservation officials are the heartbeat of an entity like CapeNature and they deal with a range of responsibilities, including resolving conflict between humans and wildlife, promoting environmental awareness, […]

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Celebrating Women in Conservation: CapeNature’s Ntombizanele Mapasa


by CapeNature

As part of CapeNature’s celebration of women in conservation for the month of August (Women’s Month in South Africa), we interviewed Ntombizanele Mapasa from the People and Conservation Department. Not long after she started her journey at CapeNature in 2014 as an intern, Ntombizanele knew she was here to stay!  She worked her way from […]

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Celebrating Women in Conservation: Monique Ruthenberg


by CapeNature

August is Women’s Month and we’ve been sharing the stories of some of the special women who work for, and with, CapeNature creating jobs, protecting endangered fauna and flora and conserving our natural heritage for future generations. Meet Monique Ruthenberg, Conservation Manager at CapeNature’s Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, about 90km south-east of Cape Town. Monique manages […]

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Celebrating Women in Conservation: Sarah Niemand’s unique sour fig jam


by CapeNature

As part of the CapeNature’s celebration of women in conservation for Women’s Month, we interviewed Sarah Niemand who is the Managing Director of the Blinkwater Cooperative. Sarah’s compelling story is one marked by resilience and hard work. CapeNature takes pride in its SMME Development Programme which empowers individuals and communities by helping small businesses to […]

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CapeNature donates 3000 sanitary towels to Tygerberg Hospital female cancer patients


by CapeNature

August is designated as Women’s Month in South Africa.  It is perhaps appropriate then that CapeNature was able to provide assistance to the female patients at the gynaecological oncology ward of the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town by handing over 3000 sanitary towels. Having started the initiative in June, CapeNature partnered with Old Mutual, local […]

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Published in In the media

World Ranger Day 2018 – A Celebration at Stony Point


by CapeNature

CapeNature marine and field rangers from the East, Central and West regions descended on the Stony Point Nature Reserve on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 for a World Ranger Day event marked by respect, recognition and celebration. As the rangers gathered in the early morning, a sense of camaraderie and easy fellowship was evident as old […]

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A celebration of World Ranger Day 2018!


by CapeNature

As we near the end of July, we look forward to World Ranger Day on 31 July. On that day we acknowledge and celebrate the contribution that rangers all around the world make to safeguarding the world’s natural heritage, often at risk of injury or even death. Marine and field rangers often find themselves in […]

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Experience CapeNature through the Eyes of our Guests


by CapeNature

We recently asked a few of our guests to tell us, in their own words, why they’ve fallen in love with CapeNature reserves and how they’ve experienced the unparalleled beauty at each of these top destinations. These videos are not paid for, and depict the guests’ real and authentic experiences at CapeNature reserves. Experience the […]

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Published in Eco-Tourism

CapeNature creating jobs for rural communities


by CapeNature

CapeNature is mandated to promote and ensure nature conservation, render services and provide facilities for research and training and generate income.  While fulfilling this mandate, the organisation further addresses the need for job opportunities and provides training and social development opportunities through the implementation of projects within the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). These projects […]

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Exciting developments at Kogelberg Nature Reserve


by CapeNature

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 […]

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CapeNature’s De Hoop Nature Reserve in the spotlight


by CapeNature

Dim the lights, break out the popcorn and coffee and make sure you’ve settled into your favourite chair in front of the television by 4pm on Sunday, 8 July 2018. That’s when The Wild Ones – De Hoop Place of Hope, is scheduled to air on M-Net channel 101. Viewers can look forward to a […]

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Fall in love with the unparalleled beauty of Gamkaberg!


by CapeNature

Enjoy 40% off winter accommodation at CapeNature. As we hit the halfway point of 2018, CapeNature invites you to explore the unparalleled beauty of nature, with 40% off accommodation – valid from 2 May to 31 August 2018! CapeNature reserves offer fully equipped self-catering accommodation, and magical hideaways like Gamkaberg provide a truly magnificent scene […]

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