Visitors to nearly all of the Cape Nature reserves in the Western Cape will be able to enter the areas free of charge from from now until Sunday, 27 September 2015.
The week intentionally includes Heritage Day on 24 September, as Cape Nature say they want to help the public celebrate our natural heritage.
The Cape Nature reserves stretches over the five areas in the Western Cape, namely, the Winelands, the West Coast, the Overberg, the Garden Route and the Cape Karoo. The free access week includes popular reserves like Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, Outeniqua Nature Reserve, Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve, De Hoop Nature Reserve*, Walker Bay Nature Reserve, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Rocherpan Nature Reserve and Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve.
You can view a full list of the participating reserves and areas here.
For Knysna, Sedgefield and Plettenberg Bay residents, the closest will be:
- Robberg Nature Reserve
- Keurbooms River Nature Reserve
- Goukamma Nature Reserve)
*Due to recent devastating fires in the Southern Cape, the popular Whale Trail hike in the De Hoop Nature Reserve will be closed during this time. The rest of the reserve, including the whale watching hotspot Koppie Alleen in De Hoop Nature Reserve, will be open.
Free access includes general access, day hiking and other activities, including white river rafting (with your own canoe), mountain biking (with your own bike) or picnicking.
Offer excludes: All fees related to accommodation, camping, multi-day hikes, The Whale Trail, concessions, bouldering and horse riding.
No prior bookings, free access can only be granted at reserve gates.