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5 need-to-know Visitor Tips


by CapeNature

Visiting one of our reserves this Summer? Follow these simple guidelines to ensure your stay is a safe one.

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Holiday Spots Still Available


by CapeNature

If you haven’t booked your summer holidays for the family yet, you’re running out of time fast.  But all is not yet lost.  if you act quickly, you can still secure a prime spot of real estate at one of our reserves dotted around the Western Cape. BOOK ONLINE To secure your booking at Goukamma, […]

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Fire Partners Ready for Summer Season


by CapeNature

Just over 200 delegates attended the official opening of the Western Cape Wildfire Season at the Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West, on Wednesday, 28 November 2018 which was held under the auspices of the Western Cape Umbrella Fire Protection Association. Anton Bredell, the Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning in the Western […]

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CapeNature tackles youth unemployment through educational YES Programme


by CapeNature

CapeNature and the Department of Environmental Affairs celebrated its successful first year of the Youth Environmental Services (YES) Programme. The initiative saw 110 youth participants graduating. Together both entities aim to address the ever-growing challenges of youth unemployment and prioritise local communities living in and adjacent to the nature reserves across the Western Cape. The […]

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Dassen Coastal Complex Management Plan

Call for Comment: Dassen Coastal Complex Management Plan

Friday, November 16, 2018,
by CapeNature

Notification of Stakeholder Engagement process and an invitation to attend a public meeting to provide inputs and comments to the draft Protected Area Management Plan for the DASSEN COASTAL COMPLEX (Dassen Island, Seal Ledges, Riverlands Nature Reserve and the Ganzekraal Conservation Area). The objective of this management plan is to ensure that the protection, conservation […]

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Call for Comment: Cederberg Complex World Heritage Site Management Plan


by CapeNature

This is a notification of the stakeholder engagement process and an invitation to attend a public meeting to provide inputs and comments to the draft Protected Area Management Plan for the Cederberg Complex World Heritage Site. Management plans for protected areas are required in terms of section 39(2) of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas […]

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Boland Mountain Complex

Call for Comment: Management Plan for Boland Mountain Complex World Heritage Site


by CapeNature

This is a notification of the stakeholder engagement process and an invitation to attend a public meeting to provide inputs and comments to the draft Protected Area Management Plan for the Boland Mountain Complex World Heritage Site.  Management plans for protected areas are required in terms of section 39(2) of the National Environmental Management: Protected […]

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A safer experience in nature for all


by CapeNature

In celebration of the fast-approaching festive season, CapeNature, the biodiversity conservation authority in the Western Cape, will implement a no alcohol and illegal substance ban at Limietberg and Assegaaibosch nature reserves’ picnic areas effective from Thursday, 1 November. This is in a bid to create a safe and trusted experience in nature for visitors of […]

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Return to the Source this Summer


by CapeNature

Return to the Source with our Top 3 Water Experiences We’re inviting all our nature-loving, water-conserving, eco-conscious fans to ‘Return to the Source’ with us this summer. That’s right, we’re talking about water: the revitalising  source of all life – carrying nutrients, feeding our bodies, keeping plants and animals alive. In the Western Cape, we’ve […]

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Published in Eco-Tourism

Fire Prevention


by CapeNature

The Western Cape is one of the worst affected veldfire areas in the country where fires are a natural phenomenon during summer. However, too frequent fires may have a negative effect on the biodiversity and ecosystem services such as water production. All fires start small, but when the weather is hot, dry and windy, a […]

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Wild Card rates for 2018-2019


by CapeNature

The new Wild Card rates for 2018-2019 come into effect from Thursday 1 November 2018, and CapeNature has all the information you need to stay informed about the changes.

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Penguin Palooza 2018 at Stony Point


by CapeNature

Members of the public flocked to the the third Penguin Palooza at the Stony Point Reserve in Betty’s Bay on Saturday, 27 October 2018.  The highlight of the event, which was co-hosted by the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and CapeNature, was the release of 13 rehabilitated African penguins back into […]

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Published in In the media

All Aboard for the Youth at Sea Project!


by CapeNature

CapeNature is delighted to be partnering with the Swiss Embassy in South Africa (Science and Technology Division) to provide four school learners and one CapeNature official with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a week on the Fleur De Passion sailboat which is currently on a four-year journey around the world to measure the impact that humans are […]

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Published in In the media, Uncategorized

Fire Updates: Outeniqua area


by CapeNature

Media Statement issued jointly by the George Municipality and Garden Route Municipality on Monday, 29 October regarding fires in the Outeniqua Pass area. The Western Cape Disaster Management Centre has been activated on a limited scale due to the ongoing active fires in George in the Outeniqua Pass area. The Outeniqua Fire remains active in […]

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Published in Eco-Tourism, In the media

Sustainability and Science Collide: Atmospheric Water Generation at Rocherpan


by CapeNature

With the ongoing drought in the Western Cape, CapeNature has been conducting research into alternative methods of providing water to the tourism facilities in the nature reserves. These methods included fog harvesting, water purification and Atmospheric Water Generation (AWG). Rocherpan Nature Reserve was identified as a pilot site for AWG as it is in a […]

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Penguin Palooza 2018!


by CapeNature

On Saturday, 27 October 2018, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and CapeNature will jointly host the third Penguin Palooza from 10am to 2pm at the Stony Point Nature Reserve in Betty’s Bay. This annual event forms part of the month-long celebrations around marine conservation and more specifically, African penguin […]

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Published in Eco-Tourism, In the media

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

Get Black Friday Ready with CapeNature!


by CapeNature

An unbelievable Black Friday promotion is coming and you’re going to love it. All will be revealed at the stroke of midnight on Friday, 23 November 2018. You’ve been under a rock (at one of our reserves possibly) and you don’t know what Black Friday is? It’s only the biggest online shopping phenomena of the […]

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Published in In the media

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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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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