Grotto Bay Private Nature Reserve

Grotto Bay Private Nature Reserve

A short 45min drive from Cape Town, up the West Coast’s R27, you will find the spectacular Grotto Bay Private Nature Reserve. The 356 ha reserve was proclaimed in 2002 and forms part of the Cape West Coast Biosphere reserve which was proclaimed by UNESCO in 2000.

The reserve is home to a 60 ha housing estate and offers a range of activities including a hiking trail that runs along the coastline and through some of the reserve’s stunning Strandveld and Sandveld bush. In Spring, during flower season, the reserve is a magical blanket of colour and it is truly worth a visit to witness this natural spectacle. The reserve is also home to over 120 species of birds, as well as duiker, steenbok, greysbok, ostriches, tortoise, and other wildlife.

TMF’s ongoing support of CapeNature’s Biodiversity Stewardship Programme and Conservation Outcomes Validation and Verification project has proudly contributed to the restoration and protection of critical biodiversity areas such as the Grotto Bay Nature Reserve.

Sarah-Leigh Watson

After qualifying with a BA in Journalism and African History from Rhodes University, Sarah went on to qualify as a FGASA registered Game Ranger where she spent time in the South African Lowveld pursuing her passion for wildlife photography and nature conservation. Sarah joined TMF as a private consultant in 2011, to manage the Fund’s communications and marketing needs. Having grown up in the shadow of Table Mountain, Sarah is deeply passionate about the conservation of the mountain and the broader Cape Floral Region.

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