Guide to Cape Town’s nature reserves

Posted by Laura Grant on December 18, 2008
Posted in Conservation

ct-nature-reservesIf you ask people why they love living in Cape Town they’ll often tell you that it’s because, no matter where you live in the city, you are never very far away from a nature reserve, a forest, a mountain, or a beach. It’s very condusive to an outdoorsy lifestyle. There are an incredible number of places where you can just park your car and walk for a few hours.

What’s more, Cape Town lies in the unique Cape Floristic Region, which was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in 2004. The region is the smallest and richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms and much of the plant life is found nowhere else. But more than 2,500 of its 9,000 plant species are threatened or endangered.

The City of Cape Town has set aside 24 areas where there are urban remnant habitats to try and conserve the natural heritage.

The city’s department of environmental resource management has produced a booklet – City of Cape Town Nature Reserves. A network of amazing urban biodiversity – with information about the 24 small reserves and natural areas spread throughout the city, which are easily accessible to residents or visitors.

The 63-page booklet, gives you an overview of the vegetation types. There is at least one page on each of the reserves with plenty of photographs, plus details of opening hours, entry fees, activities that you can do on each reserve and the types of species found there.

Contact details for the local friends groups associated with the nature reserves are included in the booklet. Residents of Cape Town are encouraged to become actively involved in conserving their natural and cultural heritage by joining these groups.

The booklet would make a great present for any nature lover who lives in the Cape or is planning to visit. It is apparently available from the Rietvlei, Rondevlei and Helderberg Nature Reserves at R5 per booklet. It is also available from the Botanical Society Bookshop at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

You can also download a free copy of the publication from the City of Cape Town’s website.

Source: BuaNews

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2 Responses to “Guide to Cape Town’s nature reserves”

  1. Christopher Brunsdon
    December 22nd, 2008 @ 5:19 pm

    We are so privilaged here in the Cape with these beatiful nature reserves. Here in Somerset West the Helderberg Nature Reserve is absolutely awesome. Just had brunch with my wife there is morning and it was a great start to my holiday.

    Picnic are is great for the little ones and if your feeling energetic you can meander along the many paths into the mountain.

  2. Laura Grant
    December 23rd, 2008 @ 9:28 am

    I’m very jealous of people who live in the Cape. I often have wild thoughts of just packing up and moving there. If you’ve got some pics of the Helderberg reserve, why don’t you send them to us so we can see what we’re missing?

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