The Hikers Network will also run awareness campaigns amongst their clubs and members. This non-profit organisation’s main objective is to create a diverse and vibrant hiking community and it currently has 4 800 registered members across the Western Cape. CapeNature will also support access for environmental education groups from disadvantaged communities arranged by the group. Anwaaz Bent, president of the Hikers Network, has fully committed to making this partnership work, “The Hikers Network with its core mission concentrating on communities, education and safe, responsible access welcomes this initiative and partnership with CapeNature. We will endeavour to grow this initiative with teamwork.”
Visitors to the Whale Trail, located within the De Hoop Nature Reserve, are also proving that most hikers want to play a part in keeping our nature areas clean and healthy. More than 50% of hikers participate in the optional clean-up whilst walking the trail.