The South African governmental organisation responsible for maintaining wilderness areas and public nature reserves in the Western Cape Province, CapeNature has announced the reopening of overnight stays for self-catering accommodation, camping, selected overnight hiking trails and eco-venues from Friday, 7 August 2020.
This follows the announcement by Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane that South Africans will be allowed to travel for leisure again within their respective provinces.
In a statement by CapeNature, Minister of Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning, Mr. Anton Bredell revealed that the easing of national lockdown regulations comes as a huge relief for CapeNature and the Western Cape travel and tourism sector as a whole.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming our visitors for overnight stays again in line with the easing of regulations and following the strictest health protocols,” said CapeNature Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Razeena Omar.
Omar added that this was a step in the right direction as the tourism sector has taken a massive knock and the livelihoods of many, including our own staff, have been affected.
In June 2016, CapeNature announced the phased reopening of its reserves across the Western Cape under lockdown level 3.
All the twenty-five CapeNature nature reserves were closed to the public on March 25, 2020 to curb the spread on the Covid-19 pandemic and were set to open in April 2020.