This is another hike that is right on our doorstep. Here is something for the whole family, and one often sees, specially on Sundays, parents with babies in prams, coming to enjoy the outdoors. A lot of the route is “pram friendly.“
There is a beautiful picnic spot, under huge pine trees (that are visible from miles away) with a stunning view of almost the whole of the Cape. Be warned, ensure that you check the weather first, as the wind can be very unpleasant at the summit.
If you are prepared to walk a bit further, there are plenty of benches across the reserve where one can sit and be out of the wind and still enjoy your picnic, or just to suck in the views.
There are two entrances to the reserve one on the west side, or Plattekloof side and the other, the main entrance is on the eastern side, or Welgemoed side.
If you are going to use the Plattekloof side entrance, make sure that they are open, as they are not open every weekend.
The reserve is also home to a large number of birds, mammals and reptiles, and if you enjoy photography, you wil find plenty of subjects to keep you busy with. Spotting the the fairly tame bontebok is never very difficult.
Short summary by Helga
Tygerberg, known as The Koppie (small hill) by locals, is situated right in the middle of Parow (Plattekloof /Welgemoed) in the Northern Suburbs of Cape Town. Here one can find a variety of hikes with names like “Tortoise”, “Golden Mole” and “Wild Olive”.
Take the smaller kids for a beautiful 2km hike on the lower Duiker Trail circling the dam. One walks under beautiful trees getting a “forest” feel right in the heart of the city. Take along some apples for a lunch stop and see who can find the most animals e.g. worms, birds, porcupines, tortoises, butterflies, lizards and more. One has to walk under two tunnels (roads above) and back again under the tunnels – the kids love it!
For the more serious hiker there is the Ukhetshe, Watsonia and Induli trails to explore. Make no mistake, none of these are a total “walk in the park” – no hike ever is. We have come across many a hiker here training for big hikes such as the Amatola and myself training for Arangieskop!
The fauna and flora is beautiful. There are a number of buck in the park including one very large Bontebok that usually lazes around the dam at the Plattekloof entrance. Keep an eye out for the giant tortoises.
The park has two beautiful picnic spots, the one easily accessible via a tar road – wheelchair and pram friendly. There is even a “wheel-chair” trail at the top picnic spot. Use the Welgemoed entrance to reach this and obtain your map.
Entrance fee is R10 for adults and for R5 children /senior citizens /students. The park opens at 7.30am to around 5pm depending on season. Plattekloof entrance is open in the week but only open on 1st & 3rd weekends of the month.
Bring the kids, take your walking stick, pack your rucksack, make a picnic and enjoy!
Until next time!
|Tygerberg Nature Reserve , Bellville|
|Tel no||021 444 897||G.P.S.||–33.877995,18.600194|
|Fax||021 913 6268||Website||Click here|
|Nearest Town||Bellville/Parow||Max Persons||Virtually unlimited|
|Distance from Town||6.5 km, 16 minutes||Overnight Shelter||None|
|Map to start of hike||View Map||Brochure||Click here|
|No of days||One Day||Trail Type||Circular|
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