Free access to CapeNature reserves over Heritage week

2019-09-12 08:48
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As SANParks Free Access Week wraps up, you can explore more natural splendour in the Western Cape over Heritage week!

In celebration of Tourism and Heritage Month, CapeNature Access Week is providing the public with a unique chance to access some of the province’s most beautiful protected areas for free from 23 to 29 September, including Heritage Day.

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“There are so many reasons to be proud of our rich natural beauty," says CapeNature CEO Razeena Omar.

"One of our strategic goals is to ensure better access to our province’s natural and cultural heritage for all. Tourism Month being celebrated during September, is the perfect time to take advantage of the free access week offer. This allows all citizens of the Western Cape the opportunity to experience the rich history and beauty of the outdoors.”

This year's theme for World Tourism Day is 'History and Tourism - a symbiotic relationship' and what better way to celebrate our heritage than to take on the newly opened Gamkaberg Heritage Trail that winds through a piece of protected land that's never been open to the public before.

You can also take a 4x4 detour to Gamkaskloof in the Swartberg Nature Reserve, where you can stay in the houses of a settlement that once lived in isolation for over a hundred years. Another cool option is exploring any of the reserves that fall under the UNESCO-certified Cape Floral Kingdom.

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Here's what you need to know:

  • The waiver of the access fee pertains to general access (the conservation fee), day hiking and all other day activities, including white-water river rafting (with your own canoe), mountain biking (with your own bike) or picnicking.  
  • Normal conservation fees apply for accommodation and camping bookings, while fees are not discounted on concessions that are run by outside suppliers on our reserves. 
  • Free day access will only apply at the reserve gate, no free access fee will apply when booking through the call centre and it excludes accommodation bookings.
  • No prior bookings. Entry is based on reserve capacity and numbers it can accommodate.
  • Free access fee pertains to general access (conservation fee) and to all day activities (hiking, mountain biking, picnicking). The waiver does not apply to concessions (including canopy tours, bouldering etc.) or multi-day hikes.
  • Access to Protected Areas during the CapeNature Access Week will be conducted during regular reserve hours and applies to entries at CapeNature reserve gates only.
  • Zero (R0) rated permits need to 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.

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In case you missed it, here's the full list of participating reserves

1.    Cederberg Wilderness Area

2.    Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve

3.    Lambert’s Bay Bird Island Nature Reserve

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4.    Rocherpan Nature Reserve

5.    Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area

6.    Limietberg Nature Reserve

7.    Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

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8.    Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

9.    Kogelberg Nature Reserve

10.  Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

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11.  Walker Bay Nature Reserve

12.  De Mond Nature Reserve

13.  De Hoop Nature Reserve

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14.  Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve

15.  Marloth Nature Reserve

16.  Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

17.  Anysberg Nature Reserve

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18.  Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

19.  Swartberg Nature Reserve (Gamkaskloof)

20.  Outeniqua Nature Reserve

21.  Goukamma Nature Reserve

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22.  Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

23.  Robberg Nature Reserve

24.  Stony Point Nature Reserve

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