Helderberg Nature Reserve

Area: Somerset West, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Physical Address: Verster Avenue, Somerset West, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 444 9744
Fax: +27 (0)21 444 9750
GPS Co-Ordinates: -34.066577, 18.875111
Web: www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/see-all-city-facilities/our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Helderberg%20Nature%20Reserve

Helderberg Nature Reserve, Somerset West, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


Helderberg Nature Reserve, nestled above the Somerset West area on the slopes of the Hottentots Holland Mountains, was proclaimed on 23 September 1960. It was initially proclaimed as a wildflower garden and to protect water resources for Somerset West. Today, the 402-hectare reserve supports the protection of critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld and Kogelberg sandstone fynbos, as well as the vulnerable Cape Winelands shale fynbos and pockets of the least threatened Southern afro-temperate forest.

Public facilities include the Oak Café which serves light meals, tea and coffee; universal access boardwalks that are located in the lower part of the reserve; and an extensive trail and footpath network that snakes its way around the upper slopes. The picnic sites are well maintained and are serviced daily, and have large ablution facilities to accommodate the many visitors the reserve receives.

The Helderberg Nature Reserve has a “no-bin policy” and visitors must remove all rubbish they bring in with them.

Opening hours
December to February: 07:30 – 20:00
March: 07:30 – 19:00
April to October: 07:30 – 17:30
November: 07:30 – 19:00

Entry fees
For entry fee information, please visit the website at the above address.

Features and facilities
Information centre
Picnic and braai areas
Vendors and kiosks
Events facilities
Facility hire
Path and walkways

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

Facility sizes
402 hectares

Booking and tariffs
For equipment hire and additional charges, please consult the website at the above address.

Document downloads
Helderberg Nature Reserve Map - 30/04/2015, Map - 228.7 KB (PDF)
CCT Nature Reserves: A Network of Amazing Biodiversity Booklet - 31/01/2010, Booklet - 3.9 MB (PDF)
Nature Reserves and other protected areas Map - 30/06/2014, Map - 569.2 KB (PDF)

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