Tygerberg Nature Reserve, Welgemoed, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Tygerberg Nature Reserve lies in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Proclaimed as a Section 23 Nature Reserve under the Protected Areas Act in 2016, this reserve covers an area of 388 hectares and boasts 562 different plant species. Of these, 23 are threatened, 8 are endemic to Cape Town, and 3 are endemic to Tygerberg itself.
The diversity of species found here is vast, with some 24 different mammal species, 137 bird species, 22 different reptiles, 7 types of frogs, and numerous different butterfly species. The view from the top of the reserve’s hill is magnificent, with a 360 degree view of the City and emphasises just how meagre the patches of natural vegetation are amid the urban sprawl. The eastern slope of the reserve consists of old ploughed fields that are in the process of being restored, while the Western slope is close to pristine Swartland shale renosterveld.
The Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre is a popular, well-run venue and contains a resource centre with a library and a herbarium. Lessons are taught to school learners, university and college students. A variety of topics are offered, including biodiversity and ecology. The hall is also available for hire for conferences and meetings; however it is not zoned for social functions.
Monday to Friday: 07:30 – 18:00
Weekends and public holidays: 07:30 – 19:00
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
For entry fee information, please visit the website at the above address.
Features and facilities
Picnic and braai areas
Path and walkways
Picnics and braaing
Private events and functions
Running and jogging
Hiking and walking
Christo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre bookings
Telephone: 021 444 9263
Monthly enviro-talks and canon firing enquiries
Friends of the Tygerberg Hills
Website: Friends of the Tygerberg Hills
Bird talks and bird ringing enquiries
Tygerberg Bird Club
Website: Tygerberg Bird Club
Hikes and rare plant survey enquiries
Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild Flowers
Tygerberg Nature Reserve Hiking Trail Map - 31/12/2014, Map - 579.3 KB (PDF)
Tygerberg Nature Reserve Welgemoed Entrance Map - 31/12/2016, Map - 511.3 KB (PDF)
Tygerberg Nature Reserve Plattekloof Entrance Map - 31/12/2016, Map - 186.3 KB (PDF)
Tygerberg Nature Reserve: January-June 2017 Plattekloof Gate Operating Hours Notice - 28/12/2016, Notice - 262.9 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)
Tygerberg Nature Reserve Information Pamphlet - 04/01/2016, Pamphlet - 274.3 KB (PDF)