RT Week 2013: Table Bay Nature Reserve

The Table Bay Nature Reserve consists of seven parts: Rietvlei Wetlands, Milnerton Lagoon, Milnerton Beach, Milnerton Racecourse, Zoarvlei Wetlands, Diep River and the Parklands Fynbos Corridor. This 880 hectare reserve comprises a variety of permanent and seasonal wetlands, and is surrounded by Cape Flats dune strandveld and Cape Flats sand […]

RT Week 2013: Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools Hiking Trail

The Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal Pools Hiking Trail reopened on 1 November 2012. In an attempt to promote better responsible tourism, a new permitting system, and rules and regulations for the area will ensure better visitor safety and improved management of the area. The Steenbras River Gorge and Crystal […]

RT Week 2013: Tygerberg Nature Reserve – a gem on your doorstep

The City of Cape Town has set aside over 30 natural areas within the metro boundary to be managed as nature reserves and natural sites in an effort to protect its unique biodiversity and provide quality open spaces for recreation.  One of these areas is the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, a […]

RT Week 2013: Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Tygerberg Nature Reserve lies in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Proclaimed as a Local Authority Nature Reserve in 1973, it supports one of the last remnants of the critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld vegetation type. The reserve covers an area of 309 hectares and boasts 562 different plant species. […]

RT Week 2013: Durbanville Nature Reserve

Next to the Durbanville Racecourse is a special triangle of land. This six hectare reserve is where critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld and Cape Flats sand fynbos meet. The area became a nature reserve in 1966, after local residents had found a rare plant, Aristea lugens, growing there and persuaded […]

RT Week 2013: Blaauwberg Nature Reserve accommodation – responsible alternative design

The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve has recently opened its brand new self-catering accommodation to the public. The unit, named Montispectus, is situated within the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. The name derives from the Bloubergstrand dwarf burrowing skink (Scelotes montispectus) that was first discovered in the reserve in 2002. The animal was appropriately […]