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CapeNature partners with CDI for exciting new developments at world-class Kogelberg nature reserve

Wednesday, 29 April 2020  
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Image above: Mood board for the Kogelberg Palmiette unit


CapeNature has announced exciting new tourism developments at the world-class Kogelberg Nature Reserve (NR), in the Western Cape. Kogelberg NR forms part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the first biosphere reserve in South Africa. The reserve is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, forming part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom.


Having won design and sustainability awards respectively, the reserve has officially expanded into its next phase of the interior décor of the units in this reserve, and is collaborating with the Craft and Design Institute (CDI).


CDI is a non-profit company with 19 years of success in developing creative people, small, medium and micro enterprise (SMMEs) and the craft and design sector in South Africa at large. By partnering with CDI, in the capacity as service provider for interior decorating services, the business outcomes far outweigh the benefits of appointing a single business in a traditional way, according to the entity.


CapeNature was looking for a unique, stylish and South African edge to their new units, driven by a desire to support and acknowledge the creativity that we have within South Africa. The CDI, with its large database of talented local manufacturers, was the perfect fit to realise this ambition. This project not only directly supports local manufacturers but also, and very importantly, acts as a platform to showcase their work in beautiful spaces to a larger market, thus giving exposure to the SMMEs included in this project.


CapeNature CEO, Dr. Razeena Omar says the partnership with CDI is a step in a new direction through sustainable and economical tourism partnerships.


“CapeNature recognises that in these trying economic times, families are looking for holiday getaways that are authentic and affordable in natural open spaces. Upgrading our tourism offerings will enable visitors, locally and abroad alike, to enjoy and experience world class stays, at value for money rates. Kogelberg Nature Reserve has always been one of our flagship locations and we are excited at the prospect of being able to take this tourism offering to the next level by elevating it through this exciting partnership with the CDI.”


Erica Elk, Group CEO, CDI added:


“One of the most important things we do is create access to markets and expand market opportunities for our members. Market access is the most important factor for any business, and the most important driver of business sustainability and growth. We believe the domestic market in South Africa has huge potential. The partnership with CapeNature is a very important opportunity – it’s not only a great sales opportunity for the producers whose products we have bought for furnishing; but we hope that people who come and stay in these fabulous places will love what they see, and that it will open their eyes to the quality products available in South Africa”.


Nine new units have been added to Kogelberg Nature Reserve. These are the one-bedroom Palmiet Studio, five two-sleeper units and three six-sleeper family units - one of which has been designed and built for Universal Accessibility, ensuring that the differently-abled can enjoy access to the reserve as well.


A second newly built eco-pool has also been added. The eco-pool will act as a closed extension of the Palmiet River. No chemicals will be used for its upkeep; instead the water will be filtered naturally through the Palmiet plant (prionium serratum) which occurs naturally in the area.  It is also the plant that gives the Palmiet River its characteristic brown colour.


CapeNature will also add several new assets to its ever growing suite of eco-tourism products in 2020 including:


  • the complete refurbishment of Garskraal and Rietdak cottages at Algeria in the Cederberg Wilderness;
  •  the four-bedroom Hangklip House at Brodie Link in Pringle Bay, also part of the Kogelberg NR Complex, and
  • the conversion of the old cellar to a fully equipped Green Conference Centre at Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve.

The announcement forms part of the entity’s mandate to manage, conserve and promote human, natural and heritage assets through best practice, access, benefit sharing and sustainable use. Conserving this natural legacy for the benefit and economical accessibility of future generations, whilst keeping holiday destinations accessible and in pristine condition, remains a top priority for the entity. 


Dr Omar adds that CapeNature looks forward to welcoming visitors back into nature reserves post the lockdown restrictions when the dates for opening bookings will be announced.



About CapeNature


CapeNature is a public institution mandated to promote and ensure biodiversity conservation within the Western Cape. The organisation manages most of the mountain catchments and reserves that supply ecosystem services to the citizens of the Western Cape. This requires good scientific data, a sound understanding of fynbos ecology and commitment to the principles of integrated biodiversity management and planning. Much of these efforts are in remote areas out of the public eye, but have a direct bearing on the quality of life of millions of people in the province. 



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