CapeNature week: 3 Free adventures to get up to along the West Coast

2016-09-20 18:00
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Cape Town - Spring in the in the Western Cape's West Coast is typically a time we associate with colour, as the wildflowers bloom, blanketing the entire countryside. 

While the West Coast daisies are diminishing, there is still some time left catch a glimpse of them. And to make matters more appealing, CapeNature reserves, which oversees many of the protected areas along the West Coast, is offering a free access to all South African visitors. 

SEE: CapeNature announces FREE Access Week dates for 2016

But strolling through the daisies isn't the only thing to experience in the CapeNature areas of the West Coast. 

Check out these 3 Lesser-known finds to explore:

Flower-hunting in Rocherpan Nature Reserve

Its central location makes it ideal for those looking for a mid-week flower-hunting episode. The drawcard here is the rare flowers on display in the area. 

On a recent visit, CapeNature botanist Rupert Koopman noted that the near threatened Babiana hirsuta was flowering on the dunes near the beach. Colloquially known as nature’s fire emoji, thanks to its bright red flowers, which resemble a flame licking at the West Coast sky.

Visitors to Rocherpan may be lucky enough to spot them on the dunes, a special sighting of a plant which has a distribution limited to the south-west coast of Namibia and north-west coast of South Africa.

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Lambert’s Bay Bird Island

Just a little further up the coast lies Lambert’s Bay Bird Island, a haven for bird-lovers who flock there to witness the large colony of Cape Gannets.

The island was newly renovated with the help of the local community, the Cederberg Municipality as well as the Western Cape tourism sector and the staff of Bird Island last year. 

It is an extremely important and exclusive tourist attraction along SA's Weskus, as it is one of only six places in the world, and one of three in South Africa, were Cape Gannets come to breed and roost. 

READ: Lamberts Bay's Bird Island relaunch used to leapfrog international debut of the ‘Weskus’

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Chase after the action in the Cederberg

If you're an adrenaline junkie in need of a fix, head inland to the mountains of the Cederberg, where camping, self-catering cottages and long day hikes at Algeria await. 

The area is home to a network of mountain bike trails on surrounding properties awaits cycling enthusiasts.

The northern Cederberg, with the Kliphuis campsite and cottages, is also a fantastic option during spring, located as it is on the flower route to the Biedouw valley and Wupperthal. And if you’re a bouldering practitioner, the world-famous Rocklands site is located just over a ridge behind the accommodation site.

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NOTE: If you’re looking for accommodation for the spring or summer season, don’t forget about CapeNature's September-only promotion, where you get 20% off your booking if you book and pay in September 2016 for travel before the end of January 2017.

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