Warm up your Winter with 40% off

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 afromontane 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. 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.

40% off all self-catering accommodation

and camping this winter.

Book Your Stay Today

On Promotion

Recent News

​CapeNature increases ​​protection from predators at Stony Point

CapeNature has proactively increased nocturnal patrols and has introduced additional scent deterrents at the Stony Point penguin colony in Betty’s Bay after a leopard regrettably killed 33 endangered African penguins during a single visit.

De Hoop Nature Reserve - Western Cape - South Africa
Uncategorized, 13 June 2016

Exploring the Overberg: De Hoop and Walker Bay

Explore the Overberg with CapeNature this winter, as the land comes alive during the ‘secret season’. The third in our series looking at our nature reserves in the Overberg, this time focusing on De Hoop and Walker Bay Nature Reserves.

Leopard dies in trap on the eve of World Environment Day

On World Environment Day, 5 June 2016, CapeNature opened a case at the Montagu police station for the illegal hunting of a leopard in the Koo valley in the Montagu district.

Get involved

Bookings are processed through our Call Centre during office hours Monday to Friday 07h30 to 16h30 and Saturday 08h00 until 12h00 noon (CAT).

Our friendly tourism booking officers will take you through the booking process and answer all enquiries.