Tygerberg Nature Reserve

The City of Cape Town has set aside over 30 areas within the metro boundary to be managed as nature reserves in an effort to protect its unique biodiversity.

One of these areas includes the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, which lies in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. This nature reserve is in the process of being re-proclaimed as a Section 22 Nature Reserve under the Protected Area Act. The reserve supports one of the last remnants of the critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld vegetation type. It covers an area of 309 hectares and boasts 562 different plant species. Of these, 23 are Red list species, eight are endemic to Cape Town, and three endemic to Tygerberg itself. The diversity of species found here is vast, with some 24 different mammal species, 137 bird species, 22 different reptiles, 7 types of frogs, and numerous different butterfly species. The view from the top of the nature reserve’s hill is magnificent, with a 360 degree view of the city and emphasises just how meagre the patches of natural vegetation are amid the urban sprawl. The eastern slope of the reserve consists of old ploughed fields that are in the process of being restored, while the Western slope is close to pristine Swartland shale renosterveld.

These amazing attributes are right on your doorstep and available to all Capetonians. There are approximately 13 kilometres of self-guided walking trails for hikers, walkers and trail runners; a few picnic areas where one can relax with family and friends, and plenty of bird watching for those bird enthusiasts.

Environmental education programmes and activities are conducted from the Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre. These programmes are available to the public by booking with the environmental education officer.

A Spotted Tiger?

From a distance, the blotches visible on the hills of the Western Cape reminded Dutch settlers of a leopard’s skin, and in 1657, the hills became known as Luipaerts Berghen (‘Leopard’s Mountain’). This was changed to Tijgerberghen (‘Tiger Mountain’) in 1661, and is now known as Tygerberg. These regular round patches are called ‘heuweltjies’ or small hills and are most noticeable during summer. Many scientists think that these hills are the remains of ancient termite nests. Harvester termites bring plant material into their burrows, and over time, they change the nature of the soil. As a result, the plants growing on the hills differ from those in the surrounding veld.

Contact details

ADDRESS: Main gate: Totius Street, Welgemoed; Secondary gate: Meyboom Ave, Plattekloof

OPENING HOURS:
Welgemoed gate house, Totius Street
Directions: From the N1, turn into Jip de Jager Road towards Durbanville.  Turn left into Kommissaris Street and follow the brown Tygerberg Nature Reserve signs.

SUMMER: October to March

  • Week days: 07h30 – 18h00
  • Weekends: 07h30 – 19h00

WINTER: April to September

  • Week days: 07h30 – 17h00
  • Weekends: 07h30 – 18h00

Plattekloof gate house, Meyboom Rd
Directions: From Plattekloof Road towards Panorama Hospital – turn into Olienhout. Take the third street right into Meyboom Avenue. Visitors may park between Melkhout and Vlamboom Streets.

SUMMER: October to March

  • Week days: 07h30 – 18h00 (not every day , refer to published days)
  • Every second Weekend: 07h30 – 19h00
    WINTER: April to September
  • Week days: 07h30 – 17h00 (not every day, refer to published days)
  • Every second Weekend: 07h30 – 18h00

Tygerberg Nature Reserve: Annual Tariffs July 2013 to June 2014

Daily entry – 2013 to 2014

Cost

Adults

R13

Children 3 to 17yrs

R6.50

Children under 3yrs

Free

Senior citizen (60 yrs and older)

R6.50

Student with valid student card

R6.50

Booked learner

R5.50

Booked Learner – Green flag

R3.50

Booked learner Feeding scheme etc– approved by EE officer

Free

Friends

Free

Vehicle: disabled drop off only

Free

Season Tickets

 

Adults

R120

Senior citizen (60 yrs and older)

R62

Family (two adult, three children younger than 18yrs)

R185

Lecture hall and Kitchen

 

Education/Nature Conservation

free

Non educational/ Public – weekdays 08h00 – 16h00

R670

Non educational/ Public – Weekends, PH – after hours

R1340

Kitchen hire

R300

Refundable deposit: breakages, recycling etc

R350

Image projector

 

Education/Nature Conservation

free

Non educational/ Public – weekdays 08h00 – 16h00 office hours

R200

Non educational/ Public – Weekends, PH - after hours

R335

Booklets

 

EE booklet

R8.50

Reserve booklets

R26

Faunal management

 

Call out fee- >500meters form reserve per hour

R120

Hire of Trap per week

R230

 

Tygerberg Nature Reserve season tickets are available at the gate.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: Taxi or bus
ACTIVITIES AND FACILITIES: Hiking, trail running, picnic sites, birdwatching, panoramic views
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION: The Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre is a well-run, popular venue, and contains a resource centre with a library and herbarium. Lessons on a variety of topics such as biodiversity, history of the reserve and its importance, and ecology, are offered. Booking is essential.
FRIENDS GROUPS: Join the Tygerberg Bird Club (www.tygerberg-bird-club.yolasite.com), the Friends of the Tygerberg Hills (www.tygerberghills.co.za) or CREW (Custodians of Rare and Endangered Wild Flowers) for lectures, hikes, birdwatching, rare plant surveys and alien plant hacks.
CONTACT: Tel 021 913 5695; Fax 021 913 6268
E-MAILtygerberg.naturereserve@capetown.gov.za
For more information on the City’s nature reserves, visit www.capetown.gov.za/naturereserves.

 

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Address: Totius Street, Welgemoed.

Opening hours:
SUMMER: October to March
Week days: 07h30 – 18h00
Weekends: 07h30 – 19h00

WINTER: April to September
Week days: 07h30 – 17h00
Weekends: 07h30 – 18h00

Entrance fees:
Adults: R13
Children 3 to 17yrs: R6.50
Children under 3yrs: Free
Senior citizen (60 yrs and older): R6.50
Student with valid student card: R6.50
Booked learner: R5.50
Booked Learner – Green flag: R3.50
Booked learner Feeding scheme etc– approved by EE officer: Free
Friends of Tygerberg Hills: Free
Vehicle: disabled drop off only: Free