A ban on illegal substances and alcohol at Limietberg Nature Reserve and Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve will be implemented by Cape Nature and is effective from November 1 2018.

In an effort to create a safer and more trusted experience in their parks, Cape Nature has introduced new rules to curb the use of illegal substances and alcohol in these public spaces.

The biodiversity conservation authority in the Western Cape found both alcohol and narcotics were being used in these national parks.

Cape Nature CEO, Dr Razeena Omar, explains why the new restrictions are necessary.

To continue to conserve nature for a sustainable future we have to ensure that we are proactive in striking the balance between social challenges and protecting these World Heritage Sites. This is why we are affiliated with and support numerous social organisations and work alongside the South African Police Service. CapeNature’s aim is to create a safe outlet for people from all walks of life to enjoy the wonders of nature while creating cherished memories with their loved ones,” said Omar. 

Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve is located outside of Stellenbosch in the Jonkershoek Valley, offering two hiking trails where visitors can take a dip in the Eerste River. Nestled in the Du Toitskloof mountains near Paarl is the Limietberg Nature Reserve with numerous walking routes and the Tweede Tol picnic spots surrounded by rolling hills.

Entry to both parks will cost you a conservation fee of R50 per adult and R30 per child.

Security has been increased and foot patrols will take place at both reserves regularly.

Omar encourages the public to adhere to the new regulations.

Our hope is that we will have the support of our visitors to adhere to this plight against the social ills that plague our communities. We need to ensure our reserves are kept on an international standard and incident-free to attract more tourists and plough back into the local community,” she said. 

Cape Nature has provided a few tips when visiting a reserve picnic area 

1. Stay on the existing tracks – driving through veld destroys natural fauna, flora and small creatures.

2. All refuse must be taken with you when leaving and it is advised to use biodegradable cleaning products.

3. Do not dispose of cigarette buds in the veld – they are a fire hazard.

4. Fires are only to be made in demarcated areas. The vegetation is extremely flammable and uncontrolled fires can have a devastating impact.

5. Please respect all those around you, including the plants and animals.

Picture: Cape Nature

Article written by

Ishani Chetty

Ishani is a vegetarian who is passionate about social issues, the environment and current affairs.