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Nature reserves near Cape Town in late October

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Nature reserves near Cape Town in late October

Unread post by rowingboat » Mon Aug 21, 2017 3:19 am

Hi,

We will be first-time visitors to Cape Town, 8 nights late October, and will visit the main attractions of course, but will have a day or two spare to explore further afield with a hire car. We are a young family of five staying in Fish Hoek. Does anyone have an opinion please about the relative merits of these nature reserves (most of which are free with our Wildcard) at the time of year we are visiting in late October, in terms of beauty and accessibility?

1) Silver Mine Nature Reserve, Ou Kaapse Weg Mountain Pass. We could visit this after Kristenbosch returning home to Fish Hoek.

2) Day trip N2 through Somerset West, over Sir Lowry's and Franschhoek Passes, visit Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (hike the Uitkyk trail), through Franschoek and Stellenbosch stopping at Boschendal Manor & Winery (pony rides and water area for the kids to play). Maybe visit Vergelegen Wine Estate on the way (Somerset West) when it opens at 9am.

3) Jonkershoek Nature Reserve near Stellenbosch (Sosyskloof hike to a waterfall) but the 6km access road may be too harsh, needing a high axis vehicle.

4) Kogelberg Nature Reserve (Palmiet River trail) that we could combine with a visit to Hermanus to see the whales and penguins at Stony Point.

5) Helderberg Nature Reserve is only 1km from Vergelegen Wine Estate and 9km from Cheetah Outreach.

Any of these impacted by recent fires to save for a future visit, or likely to have flowers in bloom that are particularly beautiful?
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Re: Nature reserves near Cape Town in late October

Unread post by Albert » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:06 pm

I can comment on

Jonkershoek: no need for a high clearance vehicle to get to the Sosyskloof hike. The reserve is still recovering from fires a few years ago but the hike up to the Sosyskloof waterfall is worthwhile.

Helderberg Nature Reserve: Well worth a visit. Really nice short and longer hikes, a good restaurant good floral diversity in late spring.
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Re: Nature reserves near Cape Town in late October

Unread post by Hugh » Tue Aug 22, 2017 9:18 pm

Silver mine is great pace for a picnic at the little dam your wild card will be needed and there are a few nice hikes from there . .I cant comment on the others as they are not Sanparks But I can say Cape Nature does accept the wild card . the other place you can visit is the west coast national park Even though the flower season is over there are still some great bid hides on the lagoon an also the Fresh water one at Abahamskraal. a nice place to eat or have a picnic at one of the sites .
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