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Established in 1986 the Island Nature Reserve offers guests with a series of interlinked walking trails through the 480ha’s of indigenous coastal forest. Home to an abundance of birding species as well as the small blue duiker, bushbuck and bush pigs, explore the impressive establishments of Outeniqua yellow-wood, white and hard pear as well as white milkwood as you venture through these dense forests. Expect to rub shoulders with a sizeable population of vervet monkeys, who share their lush surroundings with bushbuck, bush pigs and numerous colourful bird species. The exquisite coastal forest is also perfect for long walks, mountain biking, birding and game viewing.
Activity Permits

Activity permits are temporary form of permission giving private operators approval to host lawful activities within the protected area/ nature reserves.

These activities range from lifestyle events such as weddings, music festivals to adventure and nature based activities such as trail running, cycling, horse riding, canoeing etc. For more information, and to apply for an activity permit, please contact Ms Siyasanga Mabuyane or Mr Bulelani Silangwe at or

Please be advised that an approved activity permit can only be used once for the event/activity applied for.

General Information

Gate Times Mon - Fri:
08h00 - 16h30
Gate Times Weekends:
08h00 - 16h00


  • Nature walks
  • Picnicking
  • Bird watching
  • Trig Beacon lookout
  • HIKING: Bushbuck Hiking Trail (16km)
  • HIKING: Shorter routes (900m to 7,6km)

Nearby Attractions

  • Horse riding (Friends of Island)
  • Mountain biking adventures (Sea-View Forest resort mountain Biking)
  • Predator Park
  • Van Stadens
  • Groendal
  • Addo Elephant Park
  • Baviaanskloof world Heritage Site

Contact Info

Reserve Number
Reserve Manager
041 378 1634
Lat: -33.985396
Long: 25.369687
Office hours

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