Nature Reserves in Cape Town and surrounds

Cape Town and its surrounds are home to many nature reserves. Many of these reserves offer activities for those who like to spend time outdoors. From picnic spots to hiking trails and much more, there’s an activity for everyone to enjoy.

While visits to nature reserves are encouraged, guests need to be mindful of preserving the natural surroundings which is why places like CapeNature are all about conserving nature for a sustainable future.

Here are some nature reserves in and around Cape Town for you to check while you’re visiting.

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Jonkershoek provides water to Stellenbosch and the surrounding areas. Visitors to the reserve can enjoy short walks or challenging hikes. There are also many rock pools and waterfalls to discover as you explore the reserve’s trails. For an extra charge, you can bring along your mountain bike to ride the challenging terrain.



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Limietberg Nature Reserve

Limietberg is a pristine nature reserve tucked away in the Du Toitskloof Mountains, near Paarl. It’s a perfect spot for picnicking, but day visitors are limited to 120 people per day so it’s best to go early. Once your picnic area has been set up you can find one of the swimming holes tucked away in the mountains and enjoy a swim. Limietberg also offers fishing spots for freshwater angling to those with an appropriate permit.



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Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Kogelberg Nature Reserve is considered by many to be the most beautiful of CapeNature’s protected areas. Escape here for a weekend away and stay in one of five Oudebosch eco-cabins. Activities include hiking, swimming, white water kayaking, whale watching, and more.



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Helderberg Nature Reserve

Situated in Somerset West and on the foot of Helderberg Mountains, Helderberg Nature Reserve is home to a variety of plants and animals. There are eight walking trails in the reserve, a picnic area, and a restaurant.



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Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve

The Zandvlei Estuary Nature Reserve, located within walking distance of Steenberg and Lakeside Stations, functions as a fish hatchery, nursery and habitat for many animals. Zandvlei is popular with fishermen but there regulations in place so be sure you have a permit with you.



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