The Boosmansbos Wilderness Area is located next to the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve in the Langeberg Mountain near the town of Heidelberg. The Boosmansbos area boasts with dramatic mountainous terrain, wild indigenous forest, lush mountain Fynbos and almost exclusive access for visitors wanting to explore the wilderness.
Boosmansbos was proclaimed a wilderness area in 1978 to protect the area’s indigenous forest, including Yellowwood, Stinkwood, White- and Red Alder, Beech and Candlewood. The Boosmansbos Wilderness Area is also a World Heritage Site as it falls within the Cape Floral Kingdom and is home to several rare Erica species, such as Erica Blenna, Erica Langebergensis ans Erica Barrydalensis.
This is an exclusive hiking destination and advance bookings are essential as only 12 hikers a day area allowed on the 64 kilometers of marked trails traversing the conservancy’s 14 200 hectares. Hikers pass through fragrant mountain Fynbos, beautiful Proteas and Erica’s before descending into the kloofs and the shade of the forest canopy – also look out for a variety of Buck, Mongoose and Genet. On occasion, shy Leopards seldom makes an appearance.
The Boosmansbos Wilderness Area is a birders paradise with nearly 200 species regularly spotted, including Eagles and the Double Collared Sunbird. The Boosmansbos Wilderness Area is managed by CapeNature and visitors must be in possession of a valid permit which can be booked via the CapeNature website.
WHERE TO EAT
The town of Heidelberg offers excellent restaurants and coffee shops like Delish Restaurant.
WHERE TO STAY
The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve offers a selection of self-catering cabins and exclusive camping facilities.
Grootvaderbosch Nature Reserve & Hiking Trails; Grootvadersbosch Conservancy MTB Trails; Heidelberg Bird Route and Star Nation Art Gallery.