Return to the Source with CapeNature’s Top 3 Water Experiences

CapeNature invites all our nature-loving, water-conserving, eco-conscious fans to ‘Return to the Source’ with us this summer.

Following the Western Cape’s two-year drought, we’ve had to think twice about how we treat a precious resource like water. With this in mind, there are ways to further deepen our appreciation with water by seeing it in action. From waves crashing onto rocky headlands at Robberg to luxury glamping and splash pools at Gamkaberg, there is no end to the unique experiences visitors can enjoy. It was so hard to choose, but we’ve put together a list of our Top 3 in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo regions:

1. Take a dip under a blanket of stars at Anysberg

Anysberg Nature Reserve is on our list of Top 3 Cape Nature Reserves

The diverse region of the Klein Karoo is known to be dry, but guests that stay in our cottages at Anysberg Nature Reserve – just over an hour outside of Laingsburg – have access to a private pool right on their doorstep. Perfect for star-gazing and midnight swims.

If you’re planning a day visit, you can still rent a kayak and cruise down one of the Gouritz River system tributaries. This region is home to three biomes and is known as a global biodiversity hotspot, which is all supported by the rivers that flow (sometimes trickle) through the area.

2. Discover Goukamma’s marine safe haven

Goukamma Nature Reserve is on our list of Top 3 CapeNature Reserves

Think 16.5km of untouched coastline, sandy shores, rocky outcrops and an abundant array of indigenous and endemic animal, bird and fish life – all thanks to the Goukamma being a marine protected area. Just under half an hour outside of Knysna, it’s heaven on earth for anyone who feels nourished by the ocean and all her bounty.

Head inland and you’ll find the Groenvlei Lake, which is maintained by rain and springs. It’s also one of the very few South African lakes where the largemouth bass live.

You will find Groenvlei Lake at Goukamma Nature Reserve which is on our list of top 3 CapeNature Reserves

3. Drift down Keurbooms

Paddling down the Keurbooms River is like taking a step back in time. It’s an ancient body of water just outside of Plettenberg Bay that’s carved its way through to the ocean and back, for many centuries. The views are breathtaking. And if you paddle long enough (roughly four hours) you’ll find yourself at our Whiskey Creek Cabin in the Knysna Forest.

Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is on our list of Top 3 CapeNature Reserves

Pop in to recharge, splash around, dive in or just float by. Our reserve conservation teams have been hard at work keeping our water pristine just for you.

Return to the source. You won’t regret it.

Words and Photography Courtesy of CapeNature

Leigh Hermon

A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.

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