Visit these 5 hand-picked CapeNature destinations you and your family can visit as a day trip from Cape Town.

Stony Point Nature Reserve

Located in Betty’s Bay, Stony Point is home to a unique colony of African penguins.

From Cape Town, take the N2 north. Just before Sir Lowry’s Pass, turn right onto Sir Lowry’s Pass Road. At the T-junction in Gordon’s Bay, turn left onto the R44 (Clarence Drive), following the road along the coast, past Rooi Els and Pringle Bay. Turn right at the first sign for Betty’s Bay, onto Porter Road. Follow Porter Road for 2.5km, then turn right onto Crassula Avenue. Turn right onto Disa Road at the four-way stop 600m down Crassula Avenue, and then follow the signs to Stony Point, which will be on your left. The trip from Cape Town should take between 70-90 minutes, depending on the traffic in Somerset West.

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Limietberg Nature Reserve

A family-friendly camping spot tucked away in the Du Toitskloof Mountains.

From Cape Town, take the Klapmuts/ Wellington turn-off on N1. Turn left and drive for 20km until you get into Wellington. At the third set of traffic lights, turn left into Piet Retief Street and then right at the next set of traffic lights into Church Street. This will lead you into Bainskloof Pass towards Worcester. Tweede Tol will be on your left, about 16km from the Bainskloof Pass signboard, outside Wellington. Drive cautiously as the road through the pass is narrow.

Alternative Route:

Travelling from Cape Town towards Paarl through the Huguenot tunnel towards Worcester. Approximately 15km after exiting the tunnel, turn right towards Rawsonville (Landmark weight bridge on the left corner), carry on straight (Landmark wine farm on the right), turn left onto the Slanghoek route and keep straight until you reach the end of the route, turn left onto the R43 direction towards Ceres. After approximately 3km, turn left onto R301 Bainskloof Pass and keep straight until you have reached Tweede Tol on the right-hand side.

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Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Kogelberg Nature Reserve is considered to be the most beautiful of CapeNature’s protected areas.

From Cape Town, take the N2 north. Just before Sir Lowry’s Pass, turn right onto Sir Lowry’s Pass Road. At the T-junction in Gordon’s Bay, turn left onto the R44, following the road along the coast, past Pringle Bay and Betty’s Bay. Just before you reach Kleinmond you will see the sign for Kogelberg, taking the dirt road to the left.

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Rocherpan Nature Reserve

Rocherpan is a coastal nature reserve teeming with birds and colourful wildflowers.

Rocherpan lies 25 km north of Velddrif on the coastal road. Velddrif can be reached on the West Coast Road (R27), which starts in Cape Town and takes you through Milnerton before running along the coast through Bloubergstrand, Melkbosstrand and Langebaan.

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Walker Bay Nature Reserve

Walker Bay is a coastal nature reserve in the southwestern Cape, just east of Hermanus.

From Cape Town, take the N2, turning off at the Hermanus/R43 off-ramp. Take the R43 past Hermanus, and continue on to Stanford. Visitors can access the reserve through Mierkom at Stanford, De Kelders (Die Plaat) and Uilkraalsmond. Walker Bay Nature Reserve is approximately 160 km from Cape Town. Please note that the Walker Bay office is located in Hermanus, and not at the reserve entrances. Please call ahead to clarify which entrance you must use to access your activity.

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