CapeNature providing free access from 21-27 September 2015

Access WeekCapeNature is giving the public access to its nature reserves, as well as activities on those reserves, free of charge* from 21 to 27 September 2015.

In celebration  of our national heritage, CapeNature Access Week will provide the public with a unique chance to access some of the Western Cape’s most beautiful protected areas for free, for just one week, starting on Monday 21 September, and running until Sunday 27 September.

Robberg Nature Reserve - South Africa
Robberg Nature Reserve – South Africa

The conservation fee for the entrance to any CapeNature reserve open to the public for access will be free for the week. The waiver of the access fee will pertain to general access (the conservation fee), day hiking (included in conservation fee) and all other activities, including white river rafting (with your own canoe), mountain biking (with your own bike) or picnicking. Normal conservation fees will apply for accommodation and camping bookings, while fees are not discounted on concessions that are run by outside suppliers on our reserves.

Says CapeNature CEO, Dr Razeena Omar: “With Thursday 24 September being Heritage Day, it’s an ideal opportunity for the public to explore the province and get closer to nature.

“Whether you’re heading to the Garden Route, the Overberg, the Winelands, the Karoo or the West Coast, you’ll be able to visit a CapeNature reserve and experience what the Western Cape’s natural heritage has to offer.”

Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Mr Anton Bredell says: “As a department we are committed to improving people’s lives and in this regard CapeNature’s nature reserves also play a vital role. Amongst others our reserves are increasingly becoming tourist drawcards and job creators – especially in rural areas – but they are also a special space for local communities to enjoy. Take this opportunity to spend some quality time with family or friends in one of our reserves across the province.”

The full list of participating nature reserves:

  • Cederberg Wilderness Area
  • Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve
  • Rocherpan Nature Reserve
  • Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area
  • Limietberg Nature Reserve
  • Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
  • Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve
  • Kogelberg Nature Reserve
  • Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve
  • Walker Bay Nature Reserve
  • De Mond Nature Reserve
  • De Hoop Nature Reserve
  • Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
  • Marloth Nature Reserve
  • Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
  • Boosmansbos Wilderness Area
  • Anysberg Nature Reserve
  • Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
  • Swartberg Nature Reserve (Gamkaskloof)
  • Outeniqua Nature Reserve
  • Goukamma Nature Reserve
  • Keurbooms River Nature Reserve
  • Robberg Nature Reserve
  • Stony Point Nature Reserve

Free entry will only be admitted through CapeNature gates. Accommodation and camping fees are not part of this promotion, and conservation fees will still apply for overnight bookings. For a full list of tariffs at CapeNature reserves, visit

The Potberg side of De Hoop Nature Reserve is currently closed following fires in the reserve this week. The De Hoop Collection Properties in the reserve were unaffected and remains open to the public.

For more information, contact our call centre on 021 483 0190.

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