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The Cape Floral Kingdom was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2004. Many of the beautiful indigenous flowers that form part of the kingdom can be seen in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden.

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Just over two hours from Cape Town, Inverdoorn Game Reserve is home to 29 different species of free-roaming wildlife, including cheetah, rhino, the rare Cape Barbary Lion, buffalo, giraffe, hippo, letchwe and oryx. Whether you’re just visiting for the day, or staying for a while, Inverdoorn provides an experience that’s impossible to forget.

The Cape Whale Coast is situated in the Overberg and only 90 minutes from Cape Town International Airport.

De Hoop Nature Reserve is a mere three hour drive from Cape Town - located in the Overberg Region near the southern tip of Africa, on the world renowned Garden & Whale Routes and an ideal stopover en-route from the Cape Winelands to Plettenberg Bay.

Set in a scenic veld where renosterveld coastal fynbos and mountain fynbos grow side-by-side, Durbanville Nature Reserve offers wonderful walking trails, picnic spots and bird-watching opportunities. Flower enthusiasts would also like to know that Durbanville Nature Reserve is a protective home to two rare plant species, Aristea lugens and Serruria bronii.

The Edith Stephens Wetland Park is an interesting and insightful natural biodiversity area that sits on the Cape Flats. The park provides shelter and protection to rare plant species, wild birds and water birds.

Twenty five km up the West Coast of Cape Town lies the 2000-hectare Blaauwberg Conservation Area (BCA). This global biodiversity hotspot holds a treasure trove of natural, cultural and historical significance and it’s the goal of the Friends of BCA to conserve and protect this unique heritage site for future generations.

Want a fun day out in a nature reserve for some bird watching, a short walk or a picnic? Then head to the Greater Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve wetland area near Muizenberg.

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is set between the mountain and the sea, showcasing incredible plant and marine-life on the Southern tip of Africa. This eco-friendly paradise offers 5-star luxury accommodation and views of Walker Bay, home to the Marine Big Five: whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins.

Rietvlei is a large, freshwater lake and wetland in Milnerton, which is home to an abundance of birdlife. A bird census found that there are 102 different species found at Rietvlei Wetland Reserve, and of these, 70 are regulars year round, making it a prime spot for bird watching.

Forming part of the greater False Bay Ecology Park, Rondevlei Nature Reserve is home to around 230 bird species, as well as a number of reptiles and mammals. For many, the star of Rondevlei is its small hippopotamus population, as it’s the only reserve in Cape Town that is home to these fascinating creatures.

No matter who you ask, the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the most incredible and beautiful gardens in Africa. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, it’s found on the verdant slopes of Table Mountain and is part of the mountain’s national park.

If you’re travelling along the renowned Route 62, one of your must-see stops is Sanbona Wildlife Reserve. Sanbona lies in the Little Karoo, between Montagu and Barrydale, just shy of 3 hours from Cape Town, but worth every second behind the wheel.

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