Take a spin on family-friendly bicycle routes and be awed at every turn by majestic indigenous plants and wildlife.
A nuclear power plant is the last place you’d expect to find families of eland, springbok and zebra, and a thriving bird life, but Koeberg Nature Reserve is just such a place.
Located just off the R27, the Koeberg Nature Reserve in Melkbosstrand provides information on the Koeberg Power Station as well as printed guides for two walking trails in the reserve. Visitors are treated to a range of fauna and flora with two major types of veld present in the reserve: West Coast Strandveld and Duineveld.
Animals to look out for are Grysbok, Steenbok, Bontebok and Springbok. Caracal, the African Wild Cat, Grey Mongoose and Genet can also be spotted. For twitchers, 153 species of birds have been recorded at Koeberg, including Ostrich and the African Fish Eagle.
A great way to see the reserve is on a bicycle and there are several routes to follow. The area is pretty flat, with less than 50 metres of climbing, so it’s great for beginners and families as well as more seasoned cyclists.
If biking isn’t your thing, then you can walk one of the two hiking trails. The Dikkop Trail is a 13-kilometre loop of which two kilometres are on the beach and the Grysbok Trail is much less strenuous and at just under six kilometres, shouldn’t take longer than two hours.
But whichever way you choose, pack a picnic lunch and stop at the bird hide where you’re likely to spot great white Pelican, greater Flamingo, African fish eagle as well as various Gulls, Herons and Egrets.
About the Koeberg Nuclear Station and the West Coast Biodiversity Corridor:
The Koeberg Nuclear Station has a pre-determined footprint and will always stay within this footprint – therefore, whilst Cape Town’s need for energy may increase, Koeberg cannot increase the space allocated to them for the production of energy. This fact, combined with the global importance of biodiversity and the resulting socio and economic development of the West Coast through green tourism, ensures that the West Coast Biodiversity Corridor with attractions like Grotto Bay, Jakkalsfontein and Rondeberg Private Nature Reserves, will never be part of any other nuclear projects. The Cape West Coast Biosphere Reserve is unique as it is the home of the only Biodiversity Corridor in the world with a Nuclear Station! In fact the excellent work done by Koeberg makes a huge contribution to the success of the Cape Biodiversity Corridor – offering day visitors the opportunity of walking- and mountain bike trails in a prestine green environment.
Distance from Cape Town: 30km
Where: Off the R27, Melkbosstrand, Blaauwberg
Coordinates: 33° 37’ 47” S 18° 25’ 18” E
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