Spring is here and the great outdoors is beckoning. It's a really special time in the Garden Route when the wild flowers emerge in colourful profusion throughout the region. We have an incredibly diverse palette of natural assets; mountains, lakes, rivers and dynamic stretches of coastline – all of these are just begging to be explored.
Large tracts of these natural assets are managed by passionate conservation bodies whose mission it is to protect our precious natural heritage. CapeNature (officially the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board) is one such custodian and it is the governmental organisation responsible for maintaining wilderness areas and public nature reserves in the Western Cape.
They have within their conservation stable some of the most beautiful, unspoilt reserves imaginable, each boasting mind-boggling biodiversity. Here in the Garden Route, there are four reserves from which to choose; Goukamma, Outeniqua,Keurbooms and Robberg Nature Reserve.
Sounds rather enticing doesn't it? The good news is that for one week during September, these natural realms are open to all! During the Nature Access Week, which runs from the 19-25 September 2016, CapeNature is opening their gates to the public, FREE of charge. During that time the standard conservation fee that day visitors pay, will be waived.
The purpose of the CapeNature Access Week is to provide opportunity for all citizens to access the provincial Protected Areas free of charge for day visitors (excluding accommodation bookings). This initiative is aimed at encouraging people from all walks of life and diverse communities to experience the beauty of nature at any CapeNature reserve without restricting access through a fee.
So now there is no excuse to get outdoors and explore – you won't be disappointed.
Terms & Conditions apply, please visit www.capenature.co.za for more information.