While purchasing new penlight batteries for my trusted alarm clock the other day, it suddenly dawned on me that the sun has been waking me of late, not the sound of the man-made machine’s screeching. This is a sure sign that summer is on its way. Yes, dear reader, the days of hugging the baby blue hot water bottle and being grounded by Mother Nature every weekend are finally over. It’s time to get out in the fresh air and be one with nature again. The Western Cape boasts many fine nature reserves, but I bet there are quite a few that you have never even heard of before. The following Nature reserves in Cape Town are worth the visit.

Western Cape and Cape Town Nature Reserves

The Silvermine Nature Reserve forms a part of the Table Mountain National Park, a protected conservation area, located about ten minute’s drive from the Cape Town city center. If you’re still a bit unfit after all those months on the couch, the low-intensity hike trail is just for you. The reserve offers a panoramic view of Hout Bay, Simonstown, and Noordhoek, overlooking the ocean.

The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve situated in Langeberg, about 22 km northwest of Heidelberg on the N2 highway. The two day walks and a short cycle trail will ensure that you have a packed and wonderful weekend away in the most fascinating indigenous forest in the Cape.

The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is perfect for getting away from Cape Town’s hustle and bustle. Hire a car here.

Did you know that the Fernkloof Nature Reserve is an integral part of the Cape Floral Kingdom, one of the six recognized Floral Kingdoms of the world? Discover this Fynbos heaven in the heart of the Kleinrivier Mountains just above Hermanus.

The Fernkloof Nature Reserve is any nature enthusiast’s dream.

The Harold Porter National Botanical Garden is on the slopes of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. If your idea of a perfect getaway entails waterfalls and amber pools, this is the place to be.

Treat your camera to a sea of spectacular spring bloom at the Postberg Nature Reserve. Situated just outside Yzerfontein, this reserve is closed most of the year except for the months between August and October when almost every flower comes on display for all to admire.

Dust off your hiking shoes and start discovering the hidden gems in the beautiful Western Cape! Western Cape Nature Reserves must be at the top of your to-do list when discovering South Africa.

If you would like the freedom to do what you want, when you want to, you might want to consider car hire Cape Town for your transportation needs.