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Go wild! Visit these Western Cape nature reserves for absolutely free

In celebration of Tourist and Heritage Month, CapeNature is offering free entry into selected nature reserves from 13 to 20 September.

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What better way to celebrate spring than to explore some of the Western Cape’s best nature reserves for free? In celebration of Tourist and Heritage Month, CapeNature is offering free entry into these Western Cape nature reserves between 13 and 20 September. 

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CapeNature CEO Dr Razeena Omar encourages South Africans to spend a day in nature exploring one of these Western Cape nature reserves.

“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.”

Take a look at nature reserves you can visit for free:


The nature reserves you can check out in Overberg include Kogelberg, De Mond, De Hoop, Marloth, Grootvadersbosch and Walker Bay. 

Kogelberg has several activities for everyone to get involved in. Kogelberg offers 4×4 trails, birdwatching, hiking, mountain biking, fishing and whale watching. You can top off your visit with a relaxing picnic with all your favourite treats! 


Nature reserves you can visit on the West Coast include Groot Winterhoek, Bird Island, Cederberg and Matjiesrivier and Rocherpan. 

There is lots to see at Cederberg. Keep an eye out for a few African wild cats, some grysbok, aardvarks and bat-eared foxes. You can also explore San and Khoi rock art too. 


In the Winelands you can visit Limietberg, Hottentots Holland and Assegaaibosch. 

Some folks were lucky to spot some snow on the Hottentots Holland mountains, now that the cold front is over you can bring out your shorts for a walk.

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You can visit Robberg, Keurbooms River, Goukamma and Geelkrans in the Garden Route. 

Goukamma is wedged between Sedgefield and Knysna. Goukamma offers a freshwater lake where you can test out your canoeing skills. 


In the Karoo, you can visit Swartberg, Gamkaberg, Anysberg. You can take a scenic hike in Swartberg.


The conservation fee will be waived for visitors only between 13 and 20 September 2021. Only general access to the nature reserves will be for free. A zero-access permit will be given to all visitors visiting the nature reserve.

Read more about the terms and conditions here.