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CapeNature offers FREE entry to 22 nature reserves

8 September 2021

CapeNature will provide free access to the public at 22 nature reserves in the Western Cape from 13 - 20 September 2021. This once-in-a-year opportunity is the 7th annual Access Week offered by CapeNature and comes in celebration of Heritage Day and Tourism Month.

Anton Bredell, MEC for Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning says CapeNature is delighted to welcome visitors to its reserves where families and friends can explore their natural heritage.

“It’s a pleasure to offer visitors a chance to visit some of the most beautiful areas in the province for free. Visitors will be able to participate in a number of activities ranging from experiencing historical cultural sites, hiking, picnicking to mountain biking and birdwatching.”

Visitors to CapeNature will enjoy free day entry (excluding overnight stays) at the following 22 reserves across the Western Cape:

WEST COAST: Groot Winterhoek, Bird Island, Cederberg, Matjiesrivier, Rocherpan.

WINELANDS: Limietberg, Hottentots Holland, Assegaaibosch (picnic only).

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

GARDEN ROUTE: Robberg, Keurbooms River, Goukamma, Geelkrans.

KAROO: Swartberg, Gamkaberg, Anysberg.

CapeNature CEO, Dr Razeena Omar added: “I encourage all South Africans to spend a day in nature and explore their natural heritage, free of charge! 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 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 to learn more and remember to tag us 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.

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Cederberg - Scott Ramsay

For any inquiries or questions, CapeNature can be reached:

Telephone 087 087 8250,

or email

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