Explore the Beauty of Milnerton Racecourse Nature Reserve

Milnerton Racecourse Nature Reserve (MRNR) is a greenery veld and wetland area situated in the east of the Royal Ascot residential area in Milnerton in Cape Town. The reserve is home to 232 recorded plant species and has two small permanent wetlands. Most of the area is covered in water during the winter season.

The 19.4ha reserve is split into two sections: a northern area and a larger southern area separated by residential development.

The northern area is accessible to the public and has a boardwalk and pathway system. Originally a racecourse ground with a racetrack, the spot now houses stables and horse training facilities.

The larger southern area is enclosed by the racetrack and is not available to the public.

Things to do

Go for a stroll

Take in the sights and sounds around you with a scenic walk through the northern side of the reserve.

Enjoy the animals and butterflies!

The reserve is home to many animals, including a number of grysboks, at least 10 species of moths and butterflies, and more than 70 species of birdlife. Travellers here can enjoy birdwatching, and if you’re lucky, you can capture a few Instagrammable shots of the grysboks grazing.

Indulge in a flower spotting excursion

Visitors can enjoy an outdoor game of flower spotting to discover the other species of plants available.

Discover the Cape Flats Sand Fynbos, Cape Flats Dune Strandveld, and the largest known population of Lampranthus stenus.

wild flowers in west coast

Educational tour

Enjoy an educational tour of the reserve with a skilled guide. The tour focusses on the history, plants, and animals. To book, contact the reserve at 021 444 0315 or

Address: Grand National Boulevard, Royal Ascot, Milnerton

Price: Free entry

Opening hours: The site is open 24 hours.

Contact Details: 021 444 0315 or


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