In wrapping up the summer holidays,
we thought it perfect to profile five of our top summer destinations in the
Klein Karoo, Garden Route and the Cederberg
Goukamma Nature Reserve
Time slips through your fingers at Goukamma Nature Reserve – the passage of the day is marked by the tides, the crashing of the waves, and the lapping of the water at the edge of the lake. It is one of the Western Cape’s most significant marine protected areas, providing a safe haven for a variety of indigenous and endemic species.
Situated on the Garden Route just outside of Knysna, the Goukamma Nature Reserve boasts several kilometres of pristine beach, as well as the Goukamma River and estuary.
This is an ideal location to relax and unwind. Angling is permitted from the shore, and there are six hiking trails of varying distance on the reserve. Keep an eye out for vervet monkeys, grysbok and bush pig, as well as over 220 different bird species, including the Knysna turaco, African marsh harrier and African spoonbill.
Summer attraction: This is a great place to put your feet up with a book and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve has a magical, fairy-tale quality, leaving visitors with the lasting impression that they have stepped into another world. Hikers walk in the dappled light of the precious indigenous forest, and swim in the cool tea – coloured river water while shaded by ancient trees.
Grootvadersbosch is of the less well-known reserves in the Western Cape. For those who love its air of self-contained mystery, this is how it should be.
Day walks, mountain biking trails and the Boosmansbos Wilderness Area offer an array of challenges for those who want to immerse themselves in the wilderness.
This is an excellent birding destination with more than 196 bird species regularly spotted. Hikers are likely to bump into bushbuck and spot baboons and smaller mammals. A rare highlight would be a sighting of the forest emperor butterfly or a subspecies of the elusive ghost frog, as they can only be found in this forest.
CapeNature offers a range of accommodation, from newly refurbished cabins to comfortable and well-equipped campsites. Experience it for yourself here: Grootvadersbosch NR
Summer attraction: Magnificent bird hides set in the forest canopy and the dark waters of the Duiwenhoks River.
Robberg Nature Reserve
The pristine, elemental beauty of Robberg Nature Reserve might come as a shock to some visitors.
Just a few short kilometres from the prestigious holiday resort of Plettenberg Bay, the Robberg peninsula is recognised as a national monument and nature reserve.
With archaeological remains dating back to the Stone Age, the area is a must-see – visit the interpretation centre at the car park for a look at some artefacts. Robberg offers a choice of three circular routes of increasing difficulty and distance.
The round trip via the Point takes about four hours and offers a great opportunity to explore the rocky headlands on foot. Be sure to come properly prepared though, as weather conditions are unpredictable and freak waves and strong winds occasionally occur.
An overnight hut is available for those who want to spend more time on this beautiful reserve.
Summer attraction: Enjoy a picnic overlooking the bay after a day of exploring.
Cederberg Wilderness Area
The Cederberg Wilderness Area is one of the most undisturbed and secluded places in South Africa. Only three hours north of Cape Town, the Cederberg is highlighted by the breath-taking scenic mountainous wilderness area. An area entrenched in history; you can spend an entire day searching for rock art, caves and cliffs.
After being proclaimed a wilderness area in 1973, the Cederberg is now one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa and is home to the beautiful Clanwilliam cedars, which overhang some of the cliffs. The endemic snow protea is perhaps the most attractive plant on the peaks – scarce and only found at a few sites in the wilderness area.
CapeNature offers a range of accommodation opportunities, from secluded mountain huts, to fully equipped cottages as well as riverside campsite facilities.
Summer attraction: The Cederberg is a world-famous rock-climbing destination and offers some of the best hiking and camping facilities. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Cederberg here
Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
What could be more relaxing and rewarding than spending a day or two in nature, whilst having all the luxuries modern living requires? This is exactly what you will experience in the Gamkaberg.
The reserve is about 35km outside of Oudtshoorn and has become known to tourists as a place to switch off and bask in the richness of unique Klein Karoo biodiversity.
With luxury accommodation at the Tierkloof Eco Lodges, this reserve offers the perfect balance for those looking to get in touch with nature during the day and those who prefer the comfort of a luxury tent at night.
Summer attraction: This is one reserve where you will want to have your camera at hand. It is in the Gamkaberg where you will find an astonishing array of succulent plants and beautiful views along the hiking trails.
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