Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve

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.

Main attractions

  • Birding
  • Hiking
  • Swimming in Duivenhoks River


  • Walking
  • Overnight hiking trail
  • Cycling trail
  • Picnicking

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] 

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