Biodiversity for the win: Best of CapeNature in 2015

2015-12-02 08:08 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - While the sun smiles on South Africa - beach holidays are in full swing, road trips are being planned and the spirit of gifting is in the air.

Looking back at 2015, it seems that CapeNature was feeling especially festive the entire year (and we don't just mean having an exceptionally beautiful spring season).

In 2015 CapeNature launched their new Rocherpan cottages, Algeria cottages and had the Cape Canopy Tour zipline highlighted  by Lonely Planet as one of the world's hottest activities in the world. 

The Kogelberg Nature Reserve was specially commemorated to highlight the areas biodiversity - in the Man and the Biosphere coin series.

READ: SA mints first-ever UNESCO commemorative coins + 20 super interesting Kogelberg Biosphere facts

Take a look at Traveller24's favourite CapeNature highs, heading into 2016...

1. Limietberg Nature Reserve

Tucked away in the Du Toitskloof mountains near Paarl, there are crystal clear rock pools, quiet picnic spots and in winter time - snow-capped mountains. 

READ: An Adventurer’s guide to the Witzenberg

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2. De Hoop Nature Reserve

Outside of Swellendam in the Overberg District there is a reserve where you can whale watch, mountain bike and escape into serenity. 

READ: Peace and calm at De Hoop

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3. Koggelberg Nature Reserve

Just over Sir Lowry's Pass and past the Steenbras Dam there is a wonderful biosphere on the Palmiet River just before Hermanus...

READ: Betty's Bay - a little slice of paradise between mountains and sea

4. Rocherpan Nature Reserve

CapeNature's four new eco-friendly Rocherpan cottages were launched this year. The cottages are solar-powered and use waterless toilets.

The nature reserve lies two hours away from Cape Town - up the West Coast. It is perfect for a couples retreat from the city and a haven for bird-watching.

READ: 4 New eco cabins launched along the West Coast

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5. Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

The Canopy Tour within the Hottentots Holland reserve was featured in Lonely Planet 2015 for being one of the hottest highlights in the world. The thrilling trip through the sky has 13 platforms, 11 slides (of which the longest is 320m long) and one suspension, all bridge tucked away in a picturesque corner of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. The entire course takes about 4 hours to complete and ends off with a light lunch at the Sunbird café on site.

READ: SA zip line among Lonely Planet’s hottest new experiences for 2015

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