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Tygerberg Nature Reserve

The Tygerberg Nature Reserve allegedly got its name from old travellers mistakenly identifying native leopards as tigers. It has since gone to great lengths to reintroduce bontebok to the area after a century’s absence. There are many animals inside the borders, including 24 species of mammals, 137 species of birds and 22 species of reptiles.

The region is a favourite amongst hiking enthusiasts as well as being a top destination for birdwatchers. Being one of the most popular Cape Town nature attractions, it also has an abundant array of flora with 562 species within its borders, 23 being threatened with extinction. After enjoying a picnic on the grounds, learn more about the environment at the Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre with a library, herbarium and resource centre with ecology lessons.


  • 24 species of mammals, 137 species of birds and 22 species of reptiles
  • Resource centre offerings lessons with a library and herbarium
  • Home to bontebok which have been absent from the area for 100 years

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Tygerberg Nature Reserve

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