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10 Nature Reserves In and Around Cape Town
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10 Nature Reserves In and Around Cape Town

There are many nature reserves in and around Cape Town. The 10 below include national parks run by SANParks, and reserves managed by CapeNature. These are 'public' reserves that are open to anyone, although most have an entrance fee attached to using their fac...
South Africa’s elusive aardvark – 7 places to see it
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South Africa’s elusive aardvark – 7 places to see it

The aardvark. The only surviving member of the prehistoric species Tubulidentata.  It looks like a rabbit crossed with a piglet and a kangaroo, and is sometimes called an African antbear, or a Cape anteater.  Actually, its name comes from the Afrikaans meaning...
Rocherpan Nature Reserve – an oasis on the West Coast
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Rocherpan Nature Reserve – an oasis on the West Coast

Don't expect to see great signposts indicating the Rocherpan Nature Reserve, which lies on the little road that takes one through Dwarskersbos and on to either Elandsbaai or places like Aurora. You can drive past the Rocherpan in the blink of an eye. Only the ...
De Hoop – three hours up the coast, friend to whales …
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De Hoop – three hours up the coast, friend to whales …

De Hoop is filled with such rich biodiversity and rare species of fynbos that it is part of a World Heritage Site. All around you are proteas, ericas, restios and heather – in full bloom. The exuberance of colour in the dying sunlight – for we only reached the...
Kogelberg Nature Reserve – world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot?
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Kogelberg Nature Reserve – world’s greatest biodiversity hot-spot?

Just outside Kleinmond, about an hours drive from Cape Town, is the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Lying within the southern stretch of the Hottentots Holland mountain range, this reserve has remained secluded and unspoilt. With high mountain summits, sharp kloofs,...