CapeNature offers nature lovers and outdoor enthusiast the opportunity to experience the unparalleled beauty of nature within the Western Cape. Our spectacular nature reserves boast a wide variety of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy. Camp or stay at your choice of eco-cabins, bush lodges and cottages all self-catering.
A few of our hidden Gems:
Rocherpan Nature Reserve
Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers. The reserve, which lies 25km north of Velddrif on the Cape West Coast, consists largely of a seasonal vlei. Rocherpan currently has eight eco-cabins available to be booked for accommodation
Cederberg Wilderness Area
The Cederberg Wilderness is only three hours outside Cape Town, but it feels like a different world when you get there. The Cederberg Mountains, burnt orange by iron oxide, dominate the landscape. Jagged sandstone rock formations, like the Maltese Cross and the Wolfberg Arch, and ancient San and Khoi rock art, make this area truly spectacular. The Cederberg, which forms part of the Cape floral region, is a World Heritage Site, is covered in mountain fynbos, including the laurel protea, the red disa, rooibos, and the rare and endemic snow protea. Rare Clanwilliam cedars, the area’s namesake, dot the higher mountain cliffs.
Kogelberg Nature Reserve
Considered by many to be the most beautiful of CapeNature’s protected areas, Kogelberg Nature Reserve earns that reputation largely to the fact that it occupies an area with minimal human interference. Its exceptional diversity and quality of fynbos means it is considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom. The reserve presents perhaps the finest example of mountain fynbos in the Western Cape and is a world-renowned World Heritage Site.
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. This is the most significant stretch of indigenous afromontane forest left in the south-western Cape, with nearly all of the 35 typical forest tree species, including red alder, ironwood, stinkwood and yellowwood. Visitors to this beautiful reserve will relish the opportunity to get out into the forest on day walks and mountain biking trails. This is an excellent birding destination with more than 196 bird species regularly spotted.
Anysberg Nature Reserve is located in the semi-arid Klein Karoo, between the towns of Ladismith, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Montagu. This is one of the best places in the country for stargazing under unpolluted night skies, far away from city lights.
Gamkaskloof- Die Hel
Swartberg Nature Reserve stretches 121 000 hectares between the Klein and Groot Karoo. Visitors staying overnight sleep in restored cottages in the Gamkaskloof (otherwise known as Die Hel) and delight in the reserve’s rich heritage. San rock art and artefacts are found in caves throughout the reserve. European contributions to the region’s heritage include three mountain passes built in the 1700s, the Toorwaterpoort railway, Meiringspoort Road and the Swartberg Pass, to link the Klein and Groot Karoo.
Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
Gamkaberg nature reserve eco-lodges lies between the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains in the little Karoo. The lodges have been constructed with the specific aim of demonstrating environmentally friendly lifestyle methods. Gamkaberg invites you to take your camping game to the next level – with glamping, of course. The Eco Lodge’s consists of luxury safari-style tents, all pitched on wooden decks under a sturdy waterproof shelter.
Keurbooms Nature Reserve
Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, a World Heritage Site, is an exquisite, small reserve of just 740 hectares located in the lush Garden Route region just outside Plettenberg Bay. The Keurbooms River passes through the reserve bringing an abundance of water from further up in the Tsitsikamma Mountains to enter the ocean through the stunning estuary. Promising an undiluted nature experience of indigenous forests, unspoilt river gorge, and protected kloofs, this reserve is a favourite destination for both local and international travellers. A lush destination filled with an abundance of plant life, the reserve can be explored on walks, boat trips and canoe trails.
Robberg Nature Reserve
Robberg, situated 8km south of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, is not only a nature reserve, but also a national monument and World Heritage Site. Rocks from this region date back 120 million years to the break-up of Gondwanaland and evidence of middle and later Stone Age inhabitation has been found in a few of the caves along the peninsula. Visitors can find out more at the Nelson Bay Cave interpretive centre. Some highlight features of a visit here include spotting the rare blue duiker, the Western Cape’s smallest antelope; walking alongside one of the seven climbing-falling dunes on the Cape coastline; and viewing the highest navigational light on the South African coastline, at the Cape Seal Lighthouse (146m above sea level).
Contact details: Tel: 021 483 0190