CapeNature and Wesgro have joined forces in presenting innovative virtual tours to nature

Goukou Estuary at Stilbaai forms part of CapeNature’s Marine Protection Area.
Photo: Deona Aucam
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The outbreak of COVID-19 has seriously impacted tourism not only in South Africa but also on a global scale.

South Africans have been couped up in their homes for nearly 100 days and they are yearning to get back to nature.

Lodewyk de Klerk, co-owner of Southern Circle Tours & Safaris in Cape Town:
“I believe South Africans from all over the country, are hungry to get back to the Western Cape, their destination of choice for safe family holidays. Tourism in the province offers a wide range of activities and accommodation to suit the needs of families of small groups of friends who want to get back to nature as soon as lockdown allows.”

At present, international tourism is at a complete standstill.
“The Western Cape and Cape Town, in particular, have so much to offer that tourists will flock back as soon as international flights resume. Our sophisticated tourism industry, wide-open spaces and breathtaking natural scenery will soon bring hundreds of thousands of international tourists back to us.”

Indeed, lockdown will not remain in lockdown forever, and when the Alert Level allows us to travel again, you would want to be certain of accommodation at your destination of choice in nature.

CapeNature reserves remained closed during the national Alert Level 4 and will continue to remain so as the country transitions to Alert Level 3, 2 and 1. In solidarity with Wesgro, the Western Cape’s official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, CapeNature is encouraging locals to continue dreaming of returning to nature across the province once travel restrictions have been lifted.

Wesgro recently launched their innovative “One Day” campaign to virtually showcase province to those currently in lockdown in South Africa and around the world.

Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro: “This innovative campaign was derived to keep Cape Town and the Western Cape as a prime destination, to find new avenues for tourism amid an unprecedented crisis, and to support local guides, many of whom are out of work right now. The campaign enables us all to dream of the day when we’ll be exploring our most beloved places with our loved ones again.”

One of the ways CapeNature will be supporting this initiative is by digitally displaying reserves and encouraging visitors to book now for later dates.  Post-lockdown, visitors will be spoilt for choice to get back into nature at any one of the many reserves in the CapeNature stable.

While tourism activities are currently prohibited at all of CapeNature’s reserves, essential services are still active, including the customer call centre, which is available during office hours. Friendly agents are on standby to engage and assist the public at large with booking their next holiday on one of the following remote contact numbers: 061 871 2539, 074 936 2139, 062 318 2987 or 061 855 4066.

CapeNature’s popular destinations and trails including Cederberg, Grootvadersbosch, Robberg, De Hoop (Whale Trail), Gamkaberg, Kogelberg, Stony Point, Anysberg and Jonkershoek nature reserves can be viewed on Google 360-degree Street View Maps. Navigate to discoverafrica.com/trailfinder and enter CapeNature into the search box.

CapeNature CEO, Dr Razeena Omar: “We encourage the public to stay at home and stay safe while taking this time to reminisce and plan for their next CapeNature experience. Our teams on the ground are working diligently to put in place measures to ensure visitors return to a safe and trusted environment.”

She added that CapeNature reserves are ideal for families or small groups in search of supporting local affordable getaways that encourage social distancing.

Visit capenature.co.za for more information and to book your return to nature, and visit Wesgro for more information on the “One Day” project.

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