Boosmansbos Wilderness

Boasting the best of the Langeberg in the southwestern Cape, this wilderness area is home to several rare plant species, over 180 bird species and various mammals. Now a World Heritage Site, the name of the reserve is derived from that of a hermit who lived in the forest in the early 19th century. You don’t need to do much to appreciate the extent of this reserve – simply a gentle stroll with bird and plant identification books in hand will do.

Main attractions

  • Overnight hike in the wilderness area
  • Mountain fynbos


  • Walking and hiking
  • Birding
  • Picnicking

Top sightings: Rare plant species in the Erica family (E. blenna, E. barrydalensis, E. langebergensis), klipspringer, grysbok, leopard, baboon, grey rhebuck, genet, mongoose, martial eagle, Layard’s titbabbler, black-rumped buttonquail

Accommodation: Camping, overnight hiking huts

Office times: Daily 07:00 – 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 Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is also worth a visit.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)28 722 2412

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

Visit Boosmansbos Wilderness Area’s home page.