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Nature reserves near Cape Town in late October

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Nature reserves near Cape Town in late October

Unread post by rowingboat » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:19 am


We will be first-time visitors to Cape Town, 8 nights late October, and will visit the main attractions of course, but will have a day or two spare to explore further afield with a hire car. We are a young family of five staying in Fish Hoek. Does anyone have an opinion please about the relative merits of these nature reserves (most of which are free with our Wildcard) at the time of year we are visiting in late October, in terms of beauty and accessibility?

1) Silver Mine Nature Reserve, Ou Kaapse Weg Mountain Pass. We could visit this after Kristenbosch returning home to Fish Hoek.

2) Day trip N2 through Somerset West, over Sir Lowry's and Franschhoek Passes, visit Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (hike the Uitkyk trail), through Franschoek and Stellenbosch stopping at Boschendal Manor & Winery (pony rides and water area for the kids to play). Maybe visit Vergelegen Wine Estate on the way (Somerset West) when it opens at 9am.

3) Jonkershoek Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch (Sosyskloof hike to a waterfall) but the 6km access road may be too harsh, needing a high axis vehicle.

4) Kogelberg Nature Reserve (Palmiet River trail) that we could combine with a visit to Hermanus to see the whales and penguins at Stony Point.

5) Helderberg Nature Reserve is only 1km from Vergelegen Wine Estate and 9km from Cheetah Outreach.

Any of these impacted by recent fires to save for a future visit, or likely to have flowers in bloom that are particularly beautiful?
Berg-en-Dal FA6: Oct 3-5
Lower Sabie BD3U: Oct 6-9
Talamati GC6: Oct 10-12
Mopani FF6V: Oct 13-14
Shingwedzi BD3: Oct 15
Olifants Nshawu GH: Oct 16-17
Tamboti CTT4: Oct 18
Joburg: Oct 19-20
CapeTown: Oct 21-29

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