Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve

The reserve lies in the Hottentots Holland mountain range, an hour away from Cape Town, with altitudes ranging from 500m to 1,590m. A haven for hikers, this important protectorate for mountain fynbos and various antelope species is best visited during the summer. For a bird’s eye view of the reserve, participate in the Cape Canopy Tour zipline adventure.

Main attractions

  • Boland Hiking Trail
  • Kloofing in the Riviersonderend or Suicide gorges (open November to end April)
  • National monuments including the historical Toll building of the Franschhoek Pass, Jan Joubert’s Gat bridge as well as the cannons and ox-wagon tracks in the Gantouws Pass
  • Dazzling variety of mountain fynbos

The canopy tour offers a unique way to enjoy a previously inaccessible area without having an impact on the environment. Wonderful pink erica clothed the slopes, little sugarbirds flitted from protea to protea and, as we gained height, we could see right down the tannin-stained river and across the reserve to the Elgin Valley.

– Fiona McIntosh, Wild 29


  • Hiking
  • Numerous overnight hiking routes
  • Mountain biking
  • Game drives
  • Kloofing
  • Picnicking
  • Birding

Top sightings: Cape mountain zebra, eland, bontebok, grysbok, duiker, klipspringer, honey badger, leopard, African fish eagle

Accommodation: Huts, overnight hiking huts

Office times: 07:30 – 16:00

Nearest centre: Grabouw is 11km away from the Nuweberg entrance (about 5 minutes).

Know before you go

  • For scenic drives, use the Rusbos gate entrance at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass.
  • Fuel and supplies are available in the nearby town of Grabouw.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)28 841 4301/2

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

Visit Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve’s home page.