Originally known as Melkhoutskraal, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. The name translates to “big father” in honour of Roelof Oelofse who owned the land in 1723. It has only been a reserve since 1986 and was declared a World Heritage Site in 2004.

This is the most significant stretch of indigenous afromontane forest left in the south-western Cape, with nearly all of the 35 typical forest tree species, including red alder, ironwood, stinkwood and yellowwood. Visitors to this beautiful reserve will relish the opportunity to get out into the forest on day walks and mountain biking trails. This is an excellent birding destination with more than 196 bird species regularly spotted. Hikers are likely to bump into bushbuck and spot baboons and smaller mammals when out on the trails. Sighting the forest emperor butterfly and a subspecies of the rare ghost frog would be the highlight of a visit here, as they can only be found in this particular forest.

Save 40% on all CapeNature self-catering and camping accommodation this winter. Yes, now you can spend more time in nature for a lot less moolah.

Choose between CapeNature’s many stunning reserves and discover nature’s winter wonders. Until 31 August 2017, you will pay 40% less when booking a self-catering or camping stay. Make the Western Cape your playground during the colder season.

What can you do this winter? Venture to Grootvadersbosch’s mystical forest, be in awe of ancient San rock art paintings in the Cederberg, discover Rocherpan’s beating birdlife heart, or go paddling on the Keurbooms River. One thing’s for sure, you are spoilt for choice.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Western Cape - South Africa

De Hoop Nature Reserve is home to a marine reserve – one of the largest marine protected areas in Africa. Picture by Scott Ramsay

Simply make an online booking, or contact CapeNature Central Reservations on +27 (0)21 483 0190. Do take note that the winter promotion excludes the Whale Trail and hiking trail huts.

The question isn’t when you’ll be visiting one of our reserves, but which one you’ll visit.
– CapeNature


At Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve visitors can enjoy a treasure trove of hiking trails, mountain bike tracks and idyllic picnic spots. Picture courtesy of CapeNature

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Keurbooms River Nature Reserve’s cosy Whiskey Creek Cabin awaits. Picture by Scott Ramsay

Cederberg-Arnold Ras

Now is your chance to tick the Cederberg Wilderness Area on your #wildadventuregoals list. This marvellous mountain landscape offers various campsites and cottages. You will be transported to a new world. Picture by Arnold Ras

Toast winter with free wine!

For the first 200 online bookings made at Grootvadersbosch or Cederberg, each guest will receive a free bottle of wine from Tangled Tree. Talk about the perfect winter warmer…

Source: CapeNature

* Featured picture courtesy of CapeNature