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Nature reserves

Cape Town is unique among world cities due to its high concentration of flora and fauna species found only within its boundaries (and nowhere else in the world). Protection and conservation of these natural areas contributes towards conserving this biodiversity heritage for our and future generations' enjoyment.

Click here for a general location map of the City's 16 nature reserves and here to see our publications on them.

A list of the reserves follows. Click on the reserve name for contact details, opening hours and/or more information. While we endeavour to make this as accurate as possible, please note that opening hours and tariffs are subject to change. We suggest that you contact the relevant reserve for confirmation beforehand.

NORTH AREA

SOUTH AREA

CENTRAL AREA

EAST AREA

 


 

NORTH AREA

Witzands Aquifer Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Corner of West Coast Road (R27) and Dassenberg Drive (R307), near Atlantis (GPS coordinates: 33˚ 37’ 34.95” S and 18˚ 26’ 33.47” E) Directions (map)
OPENING HOURS: By prior arrangement only
SIZE: Approximately 1 750 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None (By prior arrangement only)
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Minibus taxi
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Guided walks are available upon request.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION:  Programmes and presentations available upon, booking essential
CONTACT: Tel 021 444 7687; Fax 086 628 4872
E-MAIL: WitzandsNature.Reserve@capetown.gov.za
INFORMATION RESOURCES:
- Witzands Aquifer Nature Reserve brochure [PDF 2.2 MB]
- Mamre Nature Garden brochure [PDF 1.6 MB]

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Blaauwberg Nature Reserve  (More information)

ADDRESS: Eerste Steen Resort, Otto du Plessis Drive (M14), north of Bloubergstrand Directions (map)
OPENING HOURS: Coastal section: Sunrise to sunset (daily); Eerste Steen braai and picnic facility: 08:00-19:00 (Nov-Apr), 08:00-17:00 (May-Oct)
SIZE: 1445 hectares
BLAAUWBERG HILL: By prior arrangement only
ENTRANCE FEES (July 2014-June 2015):
- Vehicles R18
- Adults (18+) R13, Children (aged 3-17), students and senior citizens R6,50 (proof required), Children under 3 free entry
- Learner/student groups: R5,50 per learner (pre-booked; discounts may apply)
- 'Friend' of this reserve: free entry (proof of Friends group membership required)
- Season Ticket (annual): Adults (18+) R120, Family R185 (parents & any 4 children up to 17 years), Senior citizens R62 (60+ years). The season ticket provides unlimited entry into the following nature reserves for 365 days from date of issue: Helderberg (excl. vehicle fee), Tygerberg, Table Bay (Rietvlei: excl. vehicle fee), False Bay (Rondevlei) and Blaauwberg (excl. vehicle fee) Nature Reserves. The ticket includes access outside official opening hours only where permitted
- Blaauwberg Hill: Montispectus self-catering accommodation (gas cooking, shower, solar lighting, braai. No electricity or TV). Unit sleeps up to 4 persons: R630 per night (1-2 persons, single beds) Peak Season (1 Sep-30 Apr), R400 Off-peak Season (1 May-31 Aug); R105 per additional person (i.e. persons 3 & 4 in bunk beds). Any booking over a weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) shall be a minimum of two nights stay, e.g. a booking for a Friday night shall include a Saturday night. Refundable key deposit R200. The daily entrance fee is also applicable per person each day: R13 (adult 18+), R6,50 (children 3-17 years); R18 per vehicle
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Picnic sites, braai areas, hiking trails, historic buildings, surfing, windsurfing, birdwatching, whale-watching and fishing (permit required)
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Classes on history, archaeology, geography and geology, as well as on the plants and animals in the local ecosystems (booking essential)
CONTACT: Tel 021 444 0454; Fax 021 444 7317
E-MAIL: Blaauwberg.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za (Management); Reservations.Blaauwberg@capetown.gov.za (Montispectus reservations)
FRIENDS GROUP: The Friends of BCA host monthly activities, www.bca.org.za
INFORMATION RESOURCES:
- Hiking trail map [PDF 1.6 MB]
- Coastal hiking trail map [PDF 824 KB]

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Table Bay Nature Reserve  (More information)

This reserve consists of seven parts: Rietvlei Wetlands, Milnerton Lagoon, Milnerton Beach, Milnerton Racecourse, Zoarvlei Wetlands, Diep River and the Parklands Fynbos Corridor.

ADDRESS: Main entrance is at the southern end of Grey Avenue, Table View (Rietvlei Section) Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-17:30 (daily); water sports hours 10:00-17:00 (weekdays), 09:00-17:00 (weekends)
SIZE: 880 hectares
ENTRANCE FEES (July 2014-June 2015): None, except for Rietvlei Section:
- Vehicles R18, Buses R320 (<25 seater - includes passenger tariff)
- Adults (18+) R13, Children (aged 3-17), students and senior citizens R6,50 (proof required), Children under 3 free entry
- Learner/student groups: R5,50 per learner (pre-booked; discounts may apply)
- 'Friend' of this reserve: free entry (proof of Friends group membership required)
- Season Ticket (annual): Adults (18+) R120, Family R185 (parents & any 4 children up to 17 years), Senior citizens R62 (60+). The season ticket provides unlimited entry into the following nature reserves for 365 days from date of issue: Helderberg (excl. vehicle fee), Tygerberg, Table Bay (Rietvlei: excl. vehicle fee), False Bay (Rondevlei) and Blaauwberg (excl. vehicle fee) Nature Reserves. The ticket includes access outside official opening hours only where permitted
- Day Fishing Permits (excl. entrance fees): Adults (18+) R40, Children (aged 3-17) and senior citizens R14 (60+). Maximum of 2 rods with 2 hooks per rod
- Watercraft (per day): Power boat R50, Adult sail board/dinghy/windsurfer R20, Child (under 18) sail board/dinghy/windsurfer R11,50
- Watercraft (annual charges): Power boat R410 (365 days from date of issue), Sail board/dinghy/windsurfer (Mon-Fri concession) R90, Adult registration and scrutiny fees for water craft R32 (annual), Learner (under 18) registration and scrutiny fees for water craft R15
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus (including MyCiTi bus service)
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Boating, sailing, picnic and braai areas, fishing, hiking and two bird hides
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Rietvlei Education Centre
CONTACT: Tel 021 444 0315; Fax 021 444 7226
E-MAIL: TableBay.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUP: Friends of Rietvlei, www.FriendsOfRietvlei.co.za
INFORMATION RESOURCES: General overview and image gallery of this reserve

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SOUTH AREA

Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area

This conservation area is owned by Gold Circle, but is managed in partnership with the City of Cape Town, through the Cape Town Environmental Education Trust

ADDRESS: Rosmead Avenue, Kenilworth Map directions
OPENING HOURS: Visits by prior arrangement only. Office hours 07:30-16:00
SIZE: 52 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: R5 (unless otherwise stated)
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi, bus or train
ACTIVITIES: Guided walks, hacks, children’s events and Friends of the KRCA activities
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Interactive programmes are available on five different topics, at a cost of R5 per person
CONTACT: Tel 021 700 1843; Fax 021 700 1847
E-MAIL: conservation2k@kenilworthracing.com, Website: www.krca.co.za
FRIENDS GROUP: Friends of Kenilworth Racecourse Conservation Area, E-mail: fkrca-owner@yahoogroups.com

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False Bay Nature Reserve (FBNR)  (More information)

This reserve consists of six parts: Rondevlei Section, Zeekoevlei Section, Strandfontein Birding Section, Pelican Park Section, Slangetjiebos Section and Zandwolf Coastal Section. The reserve is also part of the greater False Bay Ecology Park (brochure).

Rondevlei Section - FBNR

ADDRESS: Corner of Perth Road and Fisherman’s Walk, Grassy Park / Zeekoevlei Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-17:00 (daily); 07:30-19:00 (on Saturdays and Sundays from December to February only); closed on Christmas Day
SIZE: 290 hectares
ENTRANCE FEES (July 2014-June 2015):
- Adults (18+) R12, Children (aged 3-17), students and senior citizens R6 (proof required), Children under 3 free entry

- Learner/student groups: R5,50 per learner (pre-booked; discounts may apply)
- 'Friend' of this reserve: free entry (proof of Friends group membership required)
- Season Ticket (annual): Adults (18+) R120, Family R185 (parents & any 4 children up to 17 years), Senior citizens R62 (60+). The season ticket provides unlimited entry into the following nature reserves for 365 days from date of issue: Helderberg (excl. vehicle fee), Tygerberg, Table Bay (Rietvlei: excl. vehicle fee), False Bay (Rondevlei) and Blaauwberg (excl. vehicle fee) Nature Reserves. The ticket includes access outside official opening hours only where permitted
- Day Fishing Permits (excl. entrance fees): Adults R40, Children (aged 3-17) and senior citizens R14 (60+). Maximum of 2 rods with 2 hooks per rod
- Watercraft (per day): Power boat R50
- Watercraft (annual charges): Power boat R410 (365 days from date of issue), Adult registration and scrutiny fees for water craft R32 (annual), Learner (under 18) registration and scrutiny fees for water craft R15
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Picnicking, bird hides, lookout towers, museum, lecture theatre, fishing platforms, boat trips, overnight island bush camp, a boma and conference facilities
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Rondevlei Environmental Education Centre and Leonard Gill Field Museum (booking essential)
ACCOMMODATION: Island bush camp, run by Imvubu Nature Tours (www.imvubu.co.za Tel 021 706 0842).
CONTACT: Tel 021 706 2404; Fax 021 706 2405
               For accommodation, contact Imvubu Nature Tours on www.imvubu.co.za or 021 706 0842.
               For environmental education camps, phone Cape Town Environmental Education Trust on 021 706 8523, www.cteet.co.za.
E-MAIL: RondevleiNatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUP AND BIRDERS: The Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei (FoZR) consist of local community members who support the reserve, www.zeekoevlei.co.za. The Cape Bird Club and A. Rocha International run birding and bird-ringing programmes, www.capebirdclub.org.za.
INFORMATION RESOURCES:
- General overview and image gallery of this reserve
- False Bay Ecology Park brochure [PDF 533 KB]
- False Bay Ecology Park – Environmental Education brochure [PDF 242 KB]
- False Bay Ecology Park poster: Front view [JPG 2.9 MB] Rear view [JPG 2.6 MB]

Zeekoevlei Section - FBNR

ADDRESS: Zeekoevlei Road, Pelican Park Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-19:30 (summer), 07:30-18:00 (winter)
SIZE: 344 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: Only for power boats, payable to the Cape Peninsula Aquatic Club (021 705 3373)
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi
ACTIVITIES: Picnicking, fishing, boating and birdwatching
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Zeekoevlei Environmental Education Centre, Tel 021 396 1272
ACCOMMODATION: School camps, Tel 021 706 8523 - Cape Town Environmental Education Trust, www.cteet.co.za
CONTACT: Tel 021 706 2404; Fax 021 706 2405
E-MAIL: ZeekoevleiNature.Reserve@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUP AND BIRDERS: The Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei (FoZR) consist of local community members who support the reserve, www.zeekoevlei.co.za. The Cape Bird Club and A. Rocha International run birding and bird-ringing programmes, www.capebirdclub.org.za.
INFORMATION RESOURCES:
- General overview and image gallery of this reserve
- False Bay Ecology Park brochure [PDF 533 KB]
- False Bay Ecology Park – Environmental Education brochure [PDF 242 KB]
- False Bay Ecology Park poster: Front view [JPG 2.9 MB] Rear view [JPG 2.6 MB]

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Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Coniston Avenue, Marina Da Gama, Steenberg Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-16:00 (weekdays), closed on weekends
SIZE: 200 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi, train or bus (within walking distance of Steenberg and Lakeside Station as well as Main Road)
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Jetty, bird hides, picnic sites, boating, walking, windsurfing
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Zandvlei Environmental Education Centre is within walking distance of Steenberg Station, and offers field trips for primary learners (Book in advance for live reptile displays)
CONTACT: Tel 021 701 7542; Fax 021 701 7542
E-MAIL: Zandvlei.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUP: The Friends of the Zandvlei Trust help with conservation, education and awareness projects. www.zandvleitrust.org.za

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Edith Stephens Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Lansdowne Road, Philippi (off Vanguard Drive) Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-16:00 (weekdays); bookings essential for weekends
SIZE: 39 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Picnic sites, birdwatching, Working for Wetlands nursery, urban agriculture garden, medicinal garden
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: The environmental education centre provides local residents and schools with conservation, recreational and educational opportunities, from teacher's workshops to children's holiday programmes
CONTACT: Tel 021 691 8070; Fax 021 691 7375
E-MAIL: Luzann.Isaacs@capetown.gov.za

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CENTRAL AREA

Botterblom Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Botterblom Road, Vierlanden, Durbanville Map directions
OPENING HOURS: Not applicable
SIZE: 3.6 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Walking/hiking, bird watching, looking at fauna and flora found on site
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Off site at Durbanville Nature Reserve
CONTACT: Tel 021 979 0060; Fax 021 979 0093
E-MAIL: Durbanville.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za

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Uitkamp Wetland Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Mosselbank Road, Durbanville Map directions
OPENING HOURS: Not applicable
SIZE: 32 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES: Nature walks amid a small wetland; interesting plants, birds and frogs
CONTACT: Tel 021 979 0060; Fax 021 979 0093
E-MAIL: Uitkamp.Wetland@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUP: Uitkamp Action Group, E-mail: yoellmj@mweb.co.za

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Durbanville Nature Reserve  (More information)

ADDRESS: Racecourse Road, Durbanville Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-16:00 (weekdays), 09:00-18:00 (weekends from October to April only)
SIZE: 6 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Picnic sites, wheelchair-friendly pathways, birdwatching, small EE centre facility available for meetings/functions
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Educational activities are available for schools (booking with reserve management is essential)
CONTACT: Tel 021 979 0060​; Fax 021 979 0093
E-MAIL: Durbanville.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
INFORMATION RESOURCES: General overview and image gallery of this reserve

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Tygerberg Nature Reserve  (More information)

ADDRESS: Main gate: Totius Road, Welgemoed Map directions; Secondary gate: Meyboom Avenue, Plattekloof Map directions
OPENING HOURS:
Welgemoed gate house, Totius Road (main gate)
SUMMER (Oct-Mar) 07:30-18:00 (weekdays), 07:30-19:00 (weekends)
WINTER (Apr-Sep) 07:30-17:00 (weekdays), 07:30-18:00 (weekends)
Plattekloof gate house, Meyboom Avenue
This gate is now closed due to instability of the dam and rain damage to the paths. A new gate house is in the process of being created at another location

SIZE: 309 hectares

ENTRANCE FEES (July 2014-June 2015):

- Adults (18+) R13, Children (aged 3-17), students and senior citizens R6,50 (proof required), Children under 3 free entry

- Learner/student groups: R5,50 per learner (pre-booked; discounts may apply)
- 'Friend' of this reserve: free entry (proof of Friends group membership required)
- Season Ticket (annual): Adults (18+) R120, Family R185 (parents & any 4 children up to 17 years), Senior citizens R62 (60+ years). The season ticket provides unlimited entry into the following nature reserves for 365 days from date of issue: Helderberg (excl. vehicle fee), Tygerberg, Table Bay (Rietvlei: excl. vehicle fee), False Bay (Rondevlei) and Blaauwberg (excl. vehicle fee) Nature Reserves. The ticket includes access outside official opening hours only where permitted
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Nature appreciation, hiking, trail running, birdwatching, picnic sites, panoramic views
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: The Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre is a popular well-run venue and contains a resource centre with a library and a herbarium. Lessons on a variety of topics are offered, including geography, town planning and ecology. The hall is also available for hire. Booking is essential on Tel 021 444 9263
CONTACT: Tel 021 444 8971; Fax 086 201 2916
E-MAIL: Tygerberg.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUPS: - Friends of Tygerberg Hills www.TygerbergHills.co.za, E-mail: bill@zeusfinance.co.za or info@walrusmedia.co.za
- Tygerberg Bird Club www.tygerberg-bird-club.yolasite.com, E-mail: gwingate@xsinet.co.za
- Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild Flowers (CREW) for lectures, hikes, birdwatching, rare plant surveys and alien plant hacks
INFORMATION RESOURCES: General overview and image gallery of this reserve

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Bothasig Fynbos Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Border of Visserhof, Bosmansdam and Potsdam Roads, Bothasig Map directions
OPENING HOURS: Not applicable
SIZE: 10 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Hiking/walking pathways, birdwatching, nature appreciation, picnicking, dog walking (temporary), looking at fauna and flora found on site
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Off site at Tygerberg Nature Reserve
CONTACT: Tel 021 444 8971; Fax 086 201 2916
E-MAIL: Tygerberg.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUP: Custodians made up of residents, assisted by Friends of Tygerberg Hills

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Bracken Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: 2 Reservoir Road, Brackenfell Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-16:00 (daily)
SIZE: 36 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Picnic areas, walking trails, birdwatching, wheelchair-friendly trail
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Brackenfell Environmental Education Centre (booking essential)
CONTACT: Tel 021 444 0380; Fax 021 982 7135
E-MAIL: Bracken.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUPS: The Friends of Bracken and CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild Flowers) arrange walks, birdwatching, plant surveys and alien clearing. www.brackenfell.org/bnr
(The Perdekop Section is also part of this nature reserve)

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EAST AREA

Wolfgat Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Baden Powell Drive, Mitchells Plain Map directions; Wolfgat Environmental Education Centre, Pyrenees Street, Mitchell's Plain Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-16:00 (weekdays), closed on weekends
SIZE: 262 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES: Picnicking, fishing in designated areas (permit required), watching coastal birds, swimming, paragliding
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: An education officer assists schools with field trips for groups of 30-40 learners. Larger groups could take part in special programmes, like coastal hikes and clean-up campaigns.
CONTACT: Tel 021 392 5134/5; Fax 021 392 8878
E-MAIL: Wolfgat.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
INFORMATION RESOURCES:
- Wolfgat Nature Reserve brochure [PDF 2.8 MB]
- Macassar Dunes Conservation Area brochure (nearby Wolfgat) [PDF 1.5 MB]

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Helderberg Nature Reserve  (More information)

ADDRESS: Verster Avenue, Somerset West Map directions
OPENING HOURS: Dec-Feb 07:30-20:00, Mar 07:30-19:00, Apr-Oct 07:30-17:30, Nov 07:30-19:00 (7 days a week)
SIZE: 402 hectares
ENTRANCE FEES (July 2014-June 2015):
- Vehicles R10, Buses R320 (<25 seater - includes passenger tariff)
- Adults (18+) R20, Children (aged 3-17), students and senior citizens R10 (proof required), Children under 3 free entry
- Learner/student groups: R5,50 per learner (pre-booked; discounts may apply)

- 'Friend' of this reserve: free entry (proof of Friends group membership required)
- Season Ticket (annual): Adults (18+) R120, Family R185 (parents & any 4 children up to 17 years), Senior citizens R62 (60+ years). The season ticket provides unlimited entry into the following nature reserves for 365 days from date of issue: Helderberg (excl. vehicle fee), Tygerberg, Table Bay (Rietvlei: excl. vehicle fee), False Bay (Rondevlei) and Blaauwberg (excl. vehicle fee) Nature Reserves. The ticket includes access outside official opening hours only where permitted
- Access key/card (must also have a Season Ticket): R100
- Hiring of marquee tent per day: R4 200
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Picnic area, bird watching, hiking trails, summer sunset concerts, information centre, gift shop, The Oak Café, museum displays in the Maskew Miller Herbarium (10:00-16:00). Please note: Helderberg Nature Reserve has a “no-bin policy” and visitors must remove all rubbish they bring in with them
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: Mike Woods Environmental Education Centre (Bookings: Tel 021 852 8831)
CONTACT: Tel 021 851 6982; Fax 021 851 2148
E-MAIL: HelderbergNature.Reserve@capetown.gov.za
FRIENDS GROUP: The Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve are active, and support the reserve manager by running programmes for environmental education, fundraising, maintenance, upgrades and promotions. They also run the museum and shop. www.HelderbergNatureReserve.co.za
INFORMATION RESOURCES: General overview and image gallery of this reserve
(The Silwerboomkloof Section is also part of this nature reserve)

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Harmony Flats Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: 11th Avenue, Strand Map directions
OPENING HOURS: Not applicable
SIZE: 9 hectares
ENTRANCE FEE: None, except for interpretive walks at R10 per person
PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Plant monitoring, spring flowers, walking trail
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: The Harmony Flats Working Group, supported and trained by CREW and Cape Flats Nature, organises lessons and plant monitoring
CONTACT: None
E-MAIL: HarmonyFlats.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za
INFORMATION RESOURCES: Harmony Flats Nature Reserve poster series (6-in-1) [PDF 2.3 MB]. Click here to download the posters individually

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Steenbras Nature Reserve

ADDRESS: Faure Marine Drive (R44), about 9 km from Gordon's Bay Map directions
OPENING HOURS: 07:30-16:00
SIZE: Approximately 3 000 hectares
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). Detailed permit regulations and hiking information [PDF 564 KB].
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).
E-MAIL: Steenbras.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za

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There are also three Biodiversity Management Conservation Offices situated in the metro area:

  • Maitland Conservation Office - Berkley Road, Maitland Map directions
  • Kanonberg Conservation Office - Kanonnier Crescent, Kanonberg Map directions
  • Westlake Conservation Office - Ou Kaapse Weg (M64) Map directions


The City Parks department also manages 10 biodiversity areas, namely De Hel Nature Area, Dick Dent Bird Sanctuary, Die Oog, Glencairn Wetland, Lower Silvermine Wetland, Meadowridge Common, Princess Vlei, Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary, Rondebosch Common and Zoarvlei Wetland.

For provincial and national nature reserves in the Western Cape, visit the following websites:

  • CapeNature manages 24 nature reserves and wilderness areas throughout the Western Cape. Most reserves offer overnight accommodation and/or camping and a variety of activities.
  • South African National Parks (SANParks) manages five national parks within the 'Cape Cluster': Bontebok, Table Mountain, Tankwa Karoo, Agulhas and West Coast National Parks.


Publications on the City's nature reserves and natural areas

City of Cape Town Nature Reserves book (February 2010) [PDF 3.8 MB]
A comprehensive and colourful resource which showcases more than 20 nature reserves and natural areas managed by the City of Cape Town. The book is also available in hard copy for R25* at the following nature reserves only: Helderberg, Blaauwberg (Eerste Steen Resort), Table Bay (Rietvlei Section), False Bay (Rondevlei Section) and Tygerberg Nature Reserve. It is also available at the Botanical Society bookshop in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (a surcharge may apply). *Price subject to increase every July

Cape Town Nature Reserves poster (August 2007) [PDF 6 MB]
An informative poster of the City's nature reserves depicting typical ecosystems that display a wealth of flora and fauna set within the ever-expanding urban fabric of the city. Hard copy versions are unfortunately out of print.

Please consider the environment before printing this web page.

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