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We do not do any book­ings, the con­tact num­ber is in the table, next to Tel no, on the page that you are refer­ring to

This is another hike that is right on our doorstep. Here is some­thing for the whole fam­ily, and one often sees, spe­cially on Sun­days, par­ents with babies in prams, com­ing to enjoy the out­doors. A lot of the route is “pram friendly.“

There is a beau­ti­ful pic­nic spot, under huge pine trees (that are vis­i­ble from miles away) with a stun­ning view of almost the whole of the Cape. Be warned, ensure that you check the weather first, as the wind can be very unpleas­ant at the sum­mit.
If you are pre­pared to walk a bit fur­ther, there are plenty of benches across the reserve where one can sit and be out of the wind and still enjoy your pic­nic, or just to suck in the views.

There are two entrances to the reserve one on the west side, or Plat­tek­loof side and the other, the main entrance is on the east­ern side, or Wel­ge­moed side.
If you are going to use the Plat­tek­loof side entrance, make sure that they are open, as they are not open every weekend.

The reserve is also home to a large num­ber of birds, mam­mals and rep­tiles, and if you enjoy pho­tog­ra­phy, you wil find plenty of sub­jects to keep you busy with. Spot­ting the the fairly tame bon­te­bok is never very difficult.


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Short sum­mary by Helga

Tyger­berg, known as The Kop­pie (small hill) by locals, is sit­u­ated right in the mid­dle of Parow (Plat­tek­loof /​Wel­ge­moed) in the North­ern Sub­urbs of Cape Town. Here one can find a vari­ety of hikes with names like “Tor­toise”, “Golden Mole” and “Wild Olive”.

Take the smaller kids for a beau­ti­ful 2km hike on the lower Duiker Trail cir­cling the dam. One walks under beau­ti­ful trees get­ting a “for­est” feel right in the heart of the city. Take along some apples for a lunch stop and see who can find the most ani­mals e.g. worms, birds, por­cu­pines, tor­toises, but­ter­flies, lizards and more. One has to walk under two tun­nels (roads above) and back again under the tun­nels – the kids love it!

For the more seri­ous hiker there is the Ukhet­she, Wat­so­nia and Induli trails to explore. Make no mis­take, none of these are a total “walk in the park” – no hike ever is. We have come across many a hiker here train­ing for big hikes such as the Ama­tola and myself train­ing for Arang­ieskop!
The fauna and flora is beau­ti­ful. There are a num­ber of buck in the park includ­ing one very large Bon­te­bok that usu­ally lazes around the dam at the Plat­tek­loof entrance. Keep an eye out for the giant tortoises.

The park has two beau­ti­ful pic­nic spots, the one eas­ily acces­si­ble via a tar road – wheel­chair and pram friendly. There is even a “wheel-​chair” trail at the top pic­nic spot. Use the Wel­ge­moed entrance to reach this and obtain your map.

Entrance fee is R10 for adults and for R5 chil­dren /​senior cit­i­zens /​stu­dents. The park opens at 7.30am to around 5pm depend­ing on sea­son. Plat­tek­loof entrance is open in the week but only open on 1st & 3rd week­ends of the month.

Bring the kids, take your walk­ing stick, pack your ruck­sack, make a pic­nic and enjoy!

Until next time!

Tyger­berg Nature Reserve , Bellville
Con­tact Details
Tel no 021 444 897 G.P.S. 33.877995,18.600194
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Fax 021 913 6268 Web­site Click here
Hike Details
Near­est Town Bellville/​Parow Max Per­sons Vir­tu­ally unlimited
Dis­tance from Town 6.5 km, 16 minutes Overnight Shel­ter None
Map to start of hike View Map Brochure Click here
No of days One Day Trail Type Cir­cu­lar
Tips and things to do

These tips will prob­a­bly apply to many camp sites, but this is what we thought should not be forgotten

1. Bring a warm jacket along, as it can get quite cool at the summit.

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