In celebration of Tourism Month, CapeNature will be giving free access to many of its reserves across the Western Cape, including the Swartland, Robberg in Plettenberg Bay, De Hoop and Kogelberg in the Overberg, and Cedarberg and Rocherpan on the West Coast. The free week is September 16-22.

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De Mond Nature Reserve.

“If you crave adventure in the outdoors, our pristine beaches, scenic forests and rolling mountains provide the perfect backdrop for hiking, cycling and swimming to get the blood pumping,” CapeNature said, encouraging people to get out after months of lockdown.

Free access pertains to the general access or conservation fee and hiking, mountain biking and other day activities allowed. It does not apply to accommodation. The waiver will not apply to the Whale Trail or concessions including canopy tours, bouldering, and horse riding.

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Robberg Nature Reserve. Photos; CapeNature.

CapeNature is a public institution that falls under the provincial Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning.

Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell has encouraged locals and visitors to the province to make use of the opportunity to explore the unique heritage that belongs to all.

Participating Reserves

West Coast

  • Groot Winterhoek
  • Cederberg
  • Matjiesrivier
  • Rocherpan


  • Limietberg
  • Jonkershoek
  • Assegaaibosch
  • Hottentots Holland
  • Vrolijkheid


  • Kogelberg
  • De Mond
  • De Hoop
  • Marloth
  • Grootvadersbosch

Garden Route

  • Robberg
  • Keurbooms River
  • Goukamma

Klein Karoo

  • Swartberg (Gamkaskloof/DieHel)
  • Gamkaberg