Get free access to CapeNature reserves


To celebrate this year’s Tourism Month, CapeNature will allow free access to some of the Western Cape’s nature reserves from the 16th to the 22nd of September.

CapeNature is a public institution that falls under the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell has invited locals and visitors to the province to use this opportunity to explore the unique heritage that belongs to all South Africans.

“CapeNature’s reserves are places where people can go to regenerate and get in touch with nature following the long periods of lockdown that may have gotten people down over the past few months,” he explained.

Bredell said that the initiative is an ideal opportunity for families to take a trip to the great outdoors to explore our beautiful natural heritage.

The institution promotes and ensures biodiversity conservation in the province, managing most of its reserves.

CapeNature Chief Executive Officer, Dr Razeena Omar, said that all the necessary protocols are in place to ensure visitors safety.

“I implore visitors to adhere to the social distancing regulations and to continue to wear face masks,” he stressed.

“No-free access fee will apply when booking through the call centre or online bookings and excludes accommodation bookings,” the province explained, adding that normal rates and access fees apply with any accommodation booking.

'Free access' refers to general access or conservation fee and hiking, mountain biking and other day activities allowed.

Note that regular reserve hours still apply during this time. 

“The waiver will not apply to the Whale Trail or concessions including canopy tours, bouldering, and horse riding and so on.”

The standard procedure to ensure that all entry and activity numbers are recorded will be followed. 

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