This indigenous afromontane forest is the most noteworthy in the southwestern Cape and the largest remaining example in the Langeberg. Two-day walks and a short cycle trail wind through high forest and mountain fynbos with fantastic bird-watching opportunities. If you do only one thing, spend some time walking in the forest.
- Swimming in Duivenhoks River
- Overnight hiking trail
- Cycling trail
Top sightings: Bushbuck, Cape grysbok, baboons, leopard, forest emperor butterfly
Accommodation: Camping, self catering
Office times: 07:30 – 16:00
Nearest centre: Heidelberg is 22km away (about 15 minutes).
Know before you go
- Fuel is available in the nearby towns of Heidelberg and Swellendam on the N2 highway.
- The adjoining Boosmansbos Wilderness area is also worth a visit.
Contact reserve: +27 (0)28 722 2412
CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190, [email protected].za
Visit Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve’s home page.