Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

Although no big game occur here, this reserve is situated on the edge of the Jonkershoek Mountains just south of the small town of Stellenbosch. The serene environment is great for birding, picnicking and short walks. In spring the area around the Assegaaibosch manor house is transformed into a wild flower garden.

Main attractions

  • Picknicking along the Eerste River
  • Historic manor house


  • Fresh water aquarium and information displays in the conservation station
  • Short walking trails
  • Picnicking

Top sightings: Mongoose, spotted eagle owl, orange-breasted sunbird, Cape sugarbird, Assegaaibosch farmstead (built in 1790).

Accommodation: Luxurious self-catering in historic homestead.

Gate times: 08:00 – 16:00

Nearest centre: 5 minutes outside Stellenbosch (9km), an hour from Cape Town (about 50km).

Contact reserve: +27 (0)32 453 0155

CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190, [email protected]