Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve

Rugged and scenic landscapes make up this idyllic spot in the Breede River Valley close to the quaint towns of Robertson and McGregor. The area is home to succulents, dwarf trees and shrubs, birds, antelope and small predators. Look out for the rare Robertson dwarf chameleon. If you’re going to do just one thing, hike the easy 3km Heron Trail which passes two dams, each with a bird hide.

Main attractions

  • The setting in the striking Breede River Valley

Vrolijkheid is the kind of place that needs to be explored on foot. The Heron Trail is an easy 3km walk taking you to the bird hides and meandering through lovely riverine woodland.

– Nick Dall, Wild 26


  • Short and long hikes
  • Mountain biking
  • Birding
  • Picnicking

Top sightings: Klipspringer, grysbok, grey rhebuck, springbok, caracal, jackal buzzard, pale chanting goshawk, Verreaux’s eagle, the rare Robertson dwarf chameleon

Accommodation: Self-catering cottages

Office times: 07:30 – 16:00

Nearest centre: Robertson is 15km away (about 10 minutes).

Know before you go

  • It is extremely hot during November to March; hikers are advised to avoid walking during the hottest part of the day.
  • Fuel and supplies are available in the nearby towns of Robertson and McGregor.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)23 6251621

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

Visit Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve’s home page.