Durbanville Nature Reserve

Area: Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Physical Address: Racecourse Road, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 979 0060
Fax: +27 (0)21 979 0093
GPS Co-Ordinates: -33.840729, 18.639125
Web: www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/see-all-city-facilities/our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Durbanville%20Nature%20Reserve

Durbanville Nature Reserve, Durbanville, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


Cape Town is unique due to its high concentration of local flora and fauna species. Our nature reserves protect and conserve our city’s natural areas and biodiversity heritage.
This six-hectare reserve is where critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld and Cape Flats sand fynbos meet. There are about 241 plant species, three endemic to Cape Town and six threatened with extinction. The site is home to several animal species, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Birds such as the Cape sugarbird, lesser double-collared sunbird and Cape spurfowl can be seen in the reserve. The small grey mongoose and angulate tortoise also occur here, as well as the endemic and vulnerable Cape rain frog which can be heard when it rains.

The reserve offers a range of activities and facilities to the public. There are walking trails and wheelchair-friendly pathways, and picnic sites are located at the main entrance and the southern section of the reserve.
Environmental education activities are available for schools; however, booking with reserve management is essential. The small environmental education centre is available to hire for functions or meetings (even on weekends during the winter season when the reserve is closed).

Opening hours
Weekdays: 07:30 – 16:00
Weekends (October to April): 09:00 – 18:00

Features and facilities
Picnic and braai areas
Disability access
Facility hire
Path and walkways
Environmental education centre

Nature watching
Picnics and braaing
Educational programmes
Private events and functions
Running and jogging
Hiking and walking

Facility sizes
Six hectares

Document downloads
Durbanville Nature Reserve Map - 31/12/2016, Map - 205 KB (PDF)
Durbanville Nature Reserve Information Pamphlet - 04/01/2016, Pamphlet - 554.9 KB (PDF)
CCT Nature Reserves: A Network of Amazing Biodiversity Booklet - 31/01/2010, Booklet - 3.9 MB (PDF)
Environmental Education Day Programmes at Nature Reserves for 2016 - 21/12/2016, Programme overview - 343.4 KB (PDF)
Nature Reserves and other protected areas Map - 30/06/2014, Map - 569.2 KB (PDF)
CCT Nature Reserves: 2016 Facilities, Programmes and Events Schedule Pamphlet - 31/07/2015, Pamphlet - 192.2 KB (PDF)

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