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FREE entry to 22 CapeNature reserves

SPONSORED: Celebrate South Africa’s natrual splendour this month by visiting CapeNature’s stunning reserves – for free! 

September marks both Heritage and Tourism Month, and CapeNature wants you to join in the celebrations! The organisation will provide free access to the public during its 7th annual Access Week – from 13-20 September 2021. So, go out and explore your natural heritage at selected reserve destinations.

Use this wonderful once-in-a-year opportunity to participate in various activities, from exploring historical cultural sites, hiking and picnicking to mountain biking and birdwatching.

Visitors to CapeNature will enjoy free day entry (excluding overnight stays) at reserves ranging from the West Coast to the Winelands, Overberg, Garden Route and the Klein Karoo.

Participating nature reserves:

West Coast: Groot Winterhoek, Bird Island, Cederberg, Matjiesrivier, Rocherpan

Winelands: Limietberg, Hottentots Holland, Assegaaibosch picnic site

Overberg: Stony Point, Kogelberg, De Mond, De Hoop, Marloth, Grootvadersbosch, Walker Bay

Garden Route: Robberg, Keurbooms River, Goukamma, Geelkrans

Karoo: Swartberg, Gamkaberg, Anysberg

“I encourage all South Africans to spend a day in nature and explore their natural heritage, free of charge,” says CapeNature CEO Dr Razeena Omar.

“As part of Tourism Month and Heritage Day celebrations, Access Week provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy our natural spaces and our unique natural heritage. All health and safety protocols will be in place, including the mandatory wearing of masks.”

The following terms and conditions apply:

  • The conservation fee will be waived for visitors to any participating CapeNature reserve that is open to the public between 13 and 20 September 2021.
  • Free access will not apply when booking through the call centre or when making an online booking. This offer excludes accommodation bookings (normal rates and access fees apply with any accommodation booking).
  • Free access will pertain to general access (conservation fee) and hiking, mountain biking and other day activities allowed. The waiver will not apply to the Whale Trail, select landowners, partners, or concessions (including canopy tours, bouldering, horse riding etc.).
  • Zero-rated permits will be given to everyone accessing the reserve during this time, as per usual standard procedure, to ensure that all access numbers and activity numbers are recorded.

Fall in love with nature and your natural heritage this Tourism Month! Visit capenature.co.za to learn more and remember to tag them on social media during your visit using the hashtags #LoveNature #AccessWeek and #TourismMonth.

To view a full list of participating #AccessWeek CapeNature reserves, click here.

About CapeNature

CapeNature is a public institution mandated to promote and ensure biodiversity conservation within the Western Cape.

The entity manages most of the mountain catchments and reserves that supply ecosystem services to the citizens of the Western Cape. This requires good scientific data, a sound understanding of fynbos ecology and commitment to the principles of integrated biodiversity management and planning.

Most of this work is in remote areas out of the public eye but has a direct bearing on the quality of life of millions of people in the province.

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