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Helderberg Nature Reserve

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We recently visited Helderberg Nature Reserve and enjoyed a morning hike trailing the Helderberg mountains. The Helderberg town is situated about 276 km outside of Cape Town but the drive there is easy with great views of the mountains. It is located between Riversdale and Swellendam.

We visited the place as a small church group for the purpose of hiking. The Reserve has a number of hiking trails which cater for both non-experience­d hikers and experience­d hikers. Ours was a 3 hour trail walking. When the sun was on us we were protected by the forest with its tall trees and fresh air breeze we made the time without any injuries.

The place did not disappoint with its beautiful scenery of green forests and landscapes. Helderberg is surrounded by mountains with the sea nearby. We started our trail early in the morning and enjoyed the fresh air that is not polluted. Birds could be heard chirping. The trail we followed was manageable even though it tends to get steeper as you continue in to the forest. Despite that climb even smaller kids were able to finish the course

When we reached the bottom we enjoyed fresh cold drinks from the small Oak café that serves quick light meals. There are places to sit outside on the green grass under the shade of the trees that surround the café.

The place is spacious and as we were traveling with a group of young people, there was time for fun and games. It’s a great place for the family. Just pack a picnic bag and with sunscreen on, come enjoy nature at

Helderberg Nature Reserve. The Reserve opens at 07h30 daily until late.

The entry fee is affordable for both individual­s and groups:

Vehicle R 15.00

Bus R 396.00 (prior arrangemen­t only)

Adult R 20.00

Child R 10.00 (3 years to 18 years)

Toddler Free (child under 3 years old)

Student R10.00 (valid student card required)

Senior citizen / Pensioner R 10.00 (60 years and older: proof of identifica­tion required)

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