The best time to explore South Africa is September during tourism month when several parks are free for locals to access and enjoy!
CapeNature is hosting its 7th annual Access Week from 13 – 20 September 2021 to celebrate Heritage day and Tourism Month.
Visits to 22 nature reserves across the Western Cape are free for the week – the special excludes accommodation and overnight stays. Travellers can, however, enjoy a host of activities which includes hiking, picnics, mountain biking, birdwatching and trips to historical sites.
Natures reserves you can access for free:
WEST COAST: Groot Winterhoek, Bird Island, Cederberg, Matjiesrivier, Rocherpan.
WINELANDS: Limietberg, Hottentots Holland, Assegaaibosch (picnic only).
OVERBERG: Kogelberg, Stony Point, De Mond, De Hoop, Marloth, Grootvadersbosch, Walker Bay.
GARDEN ROUTE: Robberg, Keurbooms River, Goukamma, Geelkrans.
KAROO: Swartberg, Gamkaberg, Anysberg.
CapeNature CEO, Dr Razeena Omar, encouraged South Africans to spend the day in nature exploring the participating parks.
“As part of Tourism Month and Heritage Day celebrations, Access Week provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy our natural spaces and our unique natural heritage. All health and safety protocols will be in place, including the mandatory wearing of masks,” she said.
The following terms and conditions apply:
- The conservation fee will be waived for visitors to any CapeNature reserve that is open to the public between 13 and 20 September 2021.
- Free access will not apply when booking through the call centre or when making an online booking. This offer excludes accommodation bookings (normal rates and access fees apply with any accommodation booking).
- Free access will pertain to general access (conservation fee) and hiking, mountain biking and other day activities allowed. The waiver will NOT apply to the Whale Trail, select landowners, partners, or concessions (including canopy tours, bouldering, horse riding etc.).
- Zero-rated permits will be given to everyone accessing the reserve during this time, as per the usual standard procedure to ensure that all access numbers and activity numbers are recorded.