Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
A breathtaking nature reserve surrounded by indigenous forest – the rare forest emperor butterfly can also be seen in this World Heritage Site.
Originally known as Melkhoutskraal, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. The name translates to “big father” in honour of Roelof Oelofse who owned the land in 1723. It has only been a reserve since 1986 and was declared a world heritage site in 2004.
This is the most significant stretch of indigenous forest left in the south-western Cape, with nearly all of the 35 typical forest tree species, including red alder, ironwood, stinkwood and yellowwood. Visitors to this beautiful reserve will relish the opportunity to get out into the forest on day walks and mountain biking trails. The Bushbuck (10km) and Grysbok (15km) day trails are excellent family outings. This is an excellent birding destination with more than 196 bird species regularly spotted. Hikers are likely to bump into bushbuck and spot baboons and smaller mammals when out on the trails. Sighting the forest emperor butterfly and a subspecies of the rare ghost frog would be the highlight of a visit here, as they can only be found in this particular forest.
Telephone: +27 (0)28 722 2412
WHERE TO STAY
The nature reserve offers self-catering accommodation.
WHERE TO EAT
Heidelberg has a variety of restaurants and coffee shops available – for a unique experience, pop in at Delish.
ATTRACTIONS CLOSE BY
Grootvadersbosch Conservancy & MTB Trail; Inspired Creations; Star Nation Art Gallery and WJ Arts and Crafts.