Sunday, February 05, 2006

Koeberg Nature Reserve near Blouberg, Cape Town, By Tracey Obery

The beautiful Koeberg Nature Reserve surrounds the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station, and is situated only 30 km from Cape Town. It can be reached by taking the West Coast Road (R27) past the beach-side suburbs of Milnerton, Bloubergstrand and Melkbosstrand.

The Reserve measures roughly 3,000 hectares of Eskom property, and was proclaimed as a nature reserve in 1991. It was established to protect and conserve the local flora and fauna, and it also acts as an educational center for young and old.
The reserve plays a pivotal role in the conservation of the area, especially since the development of industries and residential properties along the West Coast. Within the reserve you can find a number of unique coastal land forms, wetlands and different vegetation communities protected within this area.

The reserve offers two diverse, well marked hiking trails and a mountain bike trail.
1.The Dikkop Trail (9.5km; 19,3km, or a 22.3 km trail)
The Dikkop Trail has been designed to lead the hiker through a widely varying terrain, and it is the perfect opportunity to experience the many moods of the West Coast. The trail starts at the visitor center, and follows a circular route through the nature reserve.
The Mountain Biking trail follows a similar route to the Dikkop Trail, with plenty of gradients to make it enjoyable for the seasoned cyclist and the novice, young or old.
2.Grysbok Trail (2,5km or 5,7km trails)

The Grysbok trail again starts at the visitors center covered parking and follows a circular route through the reserve. There are two alternatives for this trail, the first is a 5,7 km hike, which follows a circular walk , which includes a stroll along a “private” stretch of beach and offers beautiful, unobstructed views of Table Mountain. There is an abundance of plant life and fynbos to be seen and animal life, especially bird-life is abundant. Hikers will also be able to view the ruins of a historical farmhouse, a truly spectacular site in Spring, with a variety of flowers in bloom, all around.

The 2,5 km trail will take you through all of the above areas, except the wetlands, and is a pleasant way to spend a few hours.
Animal Life

The reserve has a variety of buck; Springbok, Bontebok, Eland and Impala's, they also have a small herd of Zebra, all the animals are originally indigenous to the area and have been reintroduced so that visitors can view them in their natural habitats. The park has a few small predators, such as the African Wildcat, Grey Mongoose and Genet, and if lucky visitors might be able to spot the elusive Caracal, which is the largest predator in the area. Reptiles are also abundant in the park, and if you are patient you can observe first-hand the habits of , the Cape Cobra, Mole Snake, Boomslang, Skaapsteker and the Angulated Tortoise.
For the bird-watcher there are over 172 identified bird species on the reserve, which can make for hours of uninterrupted bird watching.

During the whale season, there are viewing platforms which offer you perfect and private views of Southern Right Whales.

The reserve is continually expanding on the breeds of animal at the reserve, and now have Wildebeest on their list of wild life.

Be sure to pop in to the visitors center and ask for a map of their trails before you start to ensure that you make an informed decision.

By Tracey Obery

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Friday, January 27, 2006

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Friday, January 20, 2006

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4th Beach, Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town's most famous beach, with International blue flag status (one of the best rated beaches in the world) has become a mega tourist attraction and is packed on just about any sunny day during the summer season (October - March).

The reason for 4th Beach's popularity is its location. The surrounding suburb of Clifton actually acts like a shield against the prevailing South-East wind in summer. This means that you can enjoy calm wind free sun bathing on most days.

Another reason of course is the beautiful Cape Town people. Cape Town has about 4 women for each man. This is of course one of Cape Town's great legends, but I must confess, it's true!

Due to Cape Town being South Africa's fashion capitol, each summer sees an influx of models from all over the world. Many of them are based on the Atlantic seaboard (Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno) due to the sheer beauty of the scenery. That accounts for the 4 to 1 ratio in Cape Town...and in turn, it also brings them to 4th Beach.

There are actually also 3rd, 2nd and 1st beaches at Clifton, which are popular among gay and more family oriented visitors that doesn't have the pre-birth bodily figures any more. You can move from one beach to the other if you're willing to negotiate the rocky paths between beaches. Camps Bay beach is also about 5 minutes away by car and has its own following. There are some great sundowner spots within walking distance, like La Med. Just ask anyone on the beach for directions.

Some beach going tips:

Come early! Parking becomes a problem after 10:30 in the morning.

Bring loads of sun screen (factor 30+ for block and factor 8 to 15 for tanning). There are umbrellas and deck chairs available for rent as well as stalls with refreshments.

Never leave your valuables unattended.

Be prepared for brain freeze when cooling off in the water, it's really cold!!

Please leave the beach clean!

About the author:
Mr Tolken runs the Cape Town Tourism Guide, an on the street guide to Cape Town tourism with information on where to play and where to stay.
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