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Nature Reserves in the Western Cape

Nature Reserves are great for outdoor enthusiasts, activity seekers as well as families seeking to relax in unspoilt natural surroundings.

There are 29 records in this listing

Attaquaskloof Hiking Trail
1. Attaquaskloof Hiking Trail
On the Robinson Pass between Oudtshoorn and Mossel Bay, once used by elephants to cross the Outeniquas

Western Cape - Mossel Bay

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area
2. Boosmansbos Wilderness Area
This is an unknown trail to most, and gives you the freedom to clamber up peaks to see the views, or simply study the fynbos.

Western Cape - Heidelberg (C)

Cape Floral Heritage Site
3. Cape Floral Heritage Site
The Cape Floristic Region in the Western and Eastern Cape has been officially recognised as South Africa’s sixth World Heritage Site by the World Heritage Committee.

Western Cape - Cape Town

Cape Town - Nature Reserves & Parks
4. Cape Town - Nature Reserves & Parks
The narrow finger of land of the Cape Peninsula with its many beautiful valleys, mountain peaks, bays and beaches offers the visitor a number of parks and nature reserves with many destinations.

Western Cape - Cape Town

Cederberg Wilderness Area
5. Cederberg Wilderness Area
The Cedarberg Wilderness Area - close to Citrusdal and Clanwilliam - is renowned for its unique rock formations, bushman paintings, fynbos, birds, game and magnificent nature and views. Excellent hiking and mountain biking.

Western Cape - Clanwilliam

Garden Route and Klein Karoo Mountain Passes
6. Garden Route and Klein Karoo Mountain Passes
The majestic scenery in South Africas greatest area, the Garden Route. Breathtaking beauty, magnificent scenery, eco-destinations par excellence.

Western Cape - Prince Albert

Genadendal Hiking Trail
7. Genadendal Hiking Trail
A strenuous but very enjoyable hike through an area with fynbos and various birds of prey, with a few swimming spots along the way.

Western Cape - Robertson

Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area
8. Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area
Rugged mountainous landscape with interesting rock formations caused by weathered sandstone. Popular hiking routes pass through the area. Also bird watching

Western Cape - Porterville

Harkerville State Forest Trails
9. Harkerville State Forest Trails
The Harkerville Coast and the Kranshoek Hiking Trails are in this area. Natural forests, fynbos and rugged coastal terrain, to the Kranshoek River Mouth and Crooks River Mouth

Western Cape - Plettenberg Bay

Helderberg Nature Reserve
10. Helderberg Nature Reserve
A wide variety of short nature walks through this popular reserve in Somerset West.

Western Cape - Somerset West

Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve
11. Hottentots-Holland Nature Reserve
Mountainous trails are the only way to see this park with its wild flowers and natural pools, as access is otherwise restricted.

Western Cape - Grabouw

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
12. Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
A variety of cliffs, peaks and pine forests with brightly coloured mushrooms.

Western Cape - Stellenbosch

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve
13. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve
Far away from the city lights, in a vast open space where rock formations frame the horizon, there is a hidden treasure - the beautiful Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve.

Western Cape - Ceres

Karoo National Botanical Garden
14. Karoo National Botanical Garden
This jewel of a garden with 144ha of nature semi-desert vegetation and scaped gardens, features the unique plants of the drier parts of the country.

Western Cape - Worcester

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
15. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
One of the world's leading botanical gardens. Part of Jan van Riebeeck's original almond hedge is viewable. Bird shaped spring lined with Batavian bricks known as Lady Anne Barnard's bath is another poular attraction.

Western Cape - Rondebosch

Knysna Indigenous Forest
16. Knysna Indigenous Forest
Be on the lookout for the forest's three remaining elephants which roam this beautiful area. Hiking and mountainbiking in beatiful surroundings

Western Cape - Knysna

Marloth Nature Reserve
17. Marloth Nature Reserve
Dramatic mountain scenery evergreen forests and deep, cool valleys are the main features of the 11 300 ha Marloth Nature Reserve set on the southern slopes of the Langeberg range overlooking Swellendam.

Western Cape - Swellendam

Mountain Splendour of the Western Cape
18. Mountain Splendour of the Western Cape
Beautifully scenic mountain reserves and fynbos in abundance, in the Western Cape area. Explore these majestic eco-destinations on foot, by car or on horseback.

Western Cape -

Outeniqua Hiking Trail
19. Outeniqua Hiking Trail
A 108km /7 day world renowned hiking trail, which takes you through fynbos, dark forests, plantations and mountainous regions. Shorter sections may also be hiked.

Western Cape - Knysna

Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
20. Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve
The Picturesque landscape of fynbos vegetation is dominated by massive rounded granite rocks set among ancient wild olives, rock candlewoods and wagon trees.

Western Cape - Paarl

Parks & Nature Reserves of the Garden Route
21. Parks & Nature Reserves of the Garden Route
Travelling along the southern Cape coast, you'll be exposed to a variety of nature reserves within close distance of each other.

Western Cape -

Riviersonderend Kloofing Trips
22. Riviersonderend Kloofing Trips
A very popular trip which includes overhangs, cave-like formations, compulsory leaps into dark rockpools and swims.

Western Cape - Grabouw

Ruiterbos Forest
23. Ruiterbos Forest
Ruiterbos forest and Protea Hill Walks on the Robinson Pass, which are quite beautiful and with some panoramic views of the coastline and mountains

Western Cape - Oudtshoorn

Sleeping Beauty Hiking Trail
24. Sleeping Beauty Hiking Trail
This trail covers a distance of 14 km from the old Toll House to the crest of Sleeping Beauty and back. It is an relatively easy walk (depending on your level of fitness you can reach the top in 3 - 4 hours) and numerous streams are crossed.

Western Cape - Riversdale

Swartberg Pass and Hiking Trails
25. Swartberg Pass and Hiking Trails
One of the most - if not the most - spectacular scenic passes in South Africa, as well as being an engineering feat surpassing all at the time, but still in use! Hike this majestic grandeur and experience nature at her grandest.

Western Cape - Oudtshoorn

Swellendam Hiking Trail
26. Swellendam Hiking Trail
See also Marloth Nature Reserve. Six days of hiking in a circular route through ravines, forests and mountains.

Western Cape - Swellendam

Table Mountain Hikes
27. Table Mountain Hikes
Details of the numerous hiking trails on the world renowned Table Mountain

Western Cape - Cape Town

Wilderness National Park
28. Wilderness National Park
In the heart of South Africa's famous Garden Route, a charming world of lakes, rivers, fens, estuaries and beaches against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains.

Western Cape - Wilderness

Wilderness National Park Trails
29. Wilderness National Park Trails
There are five trails all located in the National Park, all with varying distances and degrees of difficulty, running through the wetlands area with its stunning lakes.

Western Cape - Wilderness

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