Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Area: Welgemoed, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Physical Address: Totius Street, Welgemoed, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)21 444 8971
Fax: +27 (0)21 201 2916
GPS Co-Ordinates: -33.878078, 18.600043
Web: www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/see-all-city-facilities/our-recreational-facilities/Nature%20reserves/Tygerberg%20Nature%20Reserve

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.

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 07:30 – 18:00 
Weekends and public holidays: 07:30 – 19:00
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.

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

Features and facilities
Picnic and braai areas
Events facilities
Facility hire
Environment centre
Path and walkways

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

Facility sizes
388 hectares

Christo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre bookings
Telephone: 021 444 9263

Monthly enviro-talks and canon firing enquiries
Friends of the Tygerberg Hills
Email: danesterhuyse@gmail.com
Website: Friends of the Tygerberg Hills

Bird talks and bird ringing enquiries
Tygerberg Bird Club
Email: b.dekock@mweb.co.za
Website: Tygerberg Bird Club

Hikes and rare plant survey enquiries
Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild Flowers 
Email: estummer@mweb.co.za

Document downloads
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)

If there are any errors in the above information, please notify us via an email to info@westerncapecommunity.co.za

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