Steenbras Nature Reserve

R44
Gordon's Bay

Steenbras Nature Reserve

Public Forest/Natural AreaPark/Recreation AreaHabitat cu viață sălbaticăEco-Tour/Nature WalkObservare păsări și viață sălbaticăScenic Vista

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The Steenbras Nature Reserve forms part of the greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The area is often referred to as ‘the heart of the fynbos.’

With more than 1 600 plant species it boasts the greatest floral diversity per unit area than anywhere else in the world. The area supports five different vegetation types and is regarded as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.

The area was originally proclaimed as a protected area in 1979 and was registered with UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in 1998 and was declared an area of international importance. The City of Cape Town’s portion of the protected environment is more than 8 400 hectares in extent.

The reserve conserves a number of vegetation types including the critically endangered Kogelberg sandstone fynbos. The unique landscapes with its exceptional floral diversity is home to many interesting birds and animals, making the area well known for its scenic beauty.

Fynbos (an Afrikaans term derived from the Dutch “fijn-bosch”) literally means ‘fine bush’ and is the dominant vegetation in the area. Small pockets of forest and thicket are present, but less prominent. It is an evergreen, fire prone shrubland, characterised by the presence of restios, ericoid shrubs (principally in the families Ericaceae, Asteraceae, Rhamnaceae, Thymelaeceae and Rutaceae), as well as proteoid shrubs (Proteaceae).

The reserve has a comprehensive bird species list which includes the fynbos region’s six endemic bird species. These include the Orange-breasted sunbird (Anthobaphes violacea), Cape rockjumper (Chaetops frenatus), Cape sugarbird (Promerops cafer), Victorin’s warbler (Cryptillas victorini), Cape siskin (Crithagra totta) and protea canary (Crithagra leucopterus). A breeding pair of Verreaux’s eagle (Aquilla verreauxii) is also present in the area.

Big game species are no longer present in the reserve, however smaller antelope species such as klipspringer, greysbok and common duiker are still abundant. Small mammal species such as the Smith’s red rock rabbit, rock hyrax, porcupine, genet and Cape fox are also found. Predatory species such as caracal and honey badger still occur in the reserve with the top predator species being the elusive Cape leopard.

ADDRESS: Faure Marine Drive (R44), about 9 km from Gordon's Bay (GPS -34.235 233 S, 18.85212 E)

OPENING HOURS: 07:30-16:00

ENTRANCE FEE (July 2013-June 2014): R60 per person for a hiking permit to enter Steenbras River Gorge and the Crystal Pools hiking trail. Note that this trail is only open for six months during summer from 1 Nov - 30 Apr (closed during winter from 1 May to 31 Oct).

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi

ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Hiking trail, abseiling, kloof jumping (run by external company), whale watching, scenic drive and fishing (permit required)

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: None

ACCOMMODATION: The Kogel Bay Resort (Tel 021 850 4172) offers camping and caravanning facilities on the beachfront. Strand Sports and Recreation switchboard: Tel 021 850 4000

CONTACT: No telephone or fax for this reserve. Please note that the Steenbras Nature Reserve is only contactable via e-mail as listed below and not via the telephone numbers above. Hiking permit applications by e-mail only (nowhere else).

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Comments (7)

WEL EK BEL EN BEL EN BEL EN NIEMAND TEL DIE FOON OP NIE????? SNAAKS

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I am trying to arrange camping accommodation at the given number 021 856 1286, with no answer. Terribly frustrating.

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Please find below the steps to make an electronic booking and payment for a permit to utilize the Steenbras River Gorge.

How to make an electronic booking:
• E-mail your name, group size, contact number and date you wish to visit the area to steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za
• Wait for confirmation of your e-mail and that you have a provisional booking
• Make an electronic payment
• E-mail proof of payment to steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za from your own account and not from the bank account
• Wait for your electronic permit to be mailed to you
• Remember to print out your permit and take it with you when you visit the nature reserve.

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This e-mail, "steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za" does not work. My e-mail has come back reading that it is "undeliverable". !!!!!!!!!

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Good day

Can you still come to steenbras dam for the day by the pools nd braai areas if you can how much per person thanks.

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I would like to find out if you have any accommodation available for this weekend : Fri 12th - Sun 14th February.
2 Adults
1 Kid (5 yrs)

Kind Regards
Taryn
0761152864

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Please contact me, I would like to find out if you have accommodation available for this weekend of Fri 12th till Sun 14th
taryn@universe.co.za
0761152864

Kind Regards
Taryn

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WEL EK BEL EN BEL EN BEL EN NIEMAND TEL DIE FOON OP NIE????? SNAAKS

-

I am trying to arrange camping accommodation at the given number 021 856 1286, with no answer. Terribly frustrating.

-

Please find below the steps to make an electronic booking and payment for a permit to utilize the Steenbras River Gorge.

How to make an electronic booking:
• E-mail your name, group size, contact number and date you wish to visit the area to steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za
• Wait for confirmation of your e-mail and that you have a provisional booking
• Make an electronic payment
• E-mail proof of payment to steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za from your own account and not from the bank account
• Wait for your electronic permit to be mailed to you
• Remember to print out your permit and take it with you when you visit the nature reserve.

-

This e-mail, "steenbras.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za" does not work. My e-mail has come back reading that it is "undeliverable". !!!!!!!!!

-

Good day

Can you still come to steenbras dam for the day by the pools nd braai areas if you can how much per person thanks.

-

I would like to find out if you have any accommodation available for this weekend : Fri 12th - Sun 14th February.
2 Adults
1 Kid (5 yrs)

Kind Regards
Taryn
0761152864

-

Please contact me, I would like to find out if you have accommodation available for this weekend of Fri 12th till Sun 14th
taryn@universe.co.za
0761152864

Kind Regards
Taryn

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