Vrolijkheid lives up to its name – happiness – when bright orange botterblom daisies decorate the reserve in spring
*Please note that construction upgrades will be taking place on the office and accommodation side of Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve from mid-February 2016 until further notice. There will be noise and disruption throughout this time. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Vrolijkheid is a striking, rugged nature reserve in the Breede River valley, about 15km south of Robertson on the road to McGregor. The rocky landscape is starkly beautiful, dominated by patches of succulents, dwarf trees and shrubs. In spring, Vrolijkheid lives up to its name –happiness – as splashes of bright orange botterblom daisies decorate the reserve.
The vegetation in this area of the Little Karoo is known as Robertson Karoo vegetation, with guarri, karee and melkbos shrubs, patches of mountain renosterveld and sweet-thorn trees. Grasses are scarce in this arid area, which has extremely high temperatures from November to March every year.
To find out more, download the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve map & brochure.
The map and brochure for the Boesmanskloof Trail between McGregor and Greyton can be downloaded here.
How to get there
From Cape Town: Take the N1 highway towards Paarl and travel for about 110km. Turn right onto the R60 and then left onto Robertson Road. Continue along this road and then turn right onto Reitz Street. About 13km further along, you will find the entrance gates of the reserve. This route is about 171km and should take about two hours.
GPS: 33 55 3.84 S 19 52 39.04 E
Office hours: 07:30–16:00
Tel: +27 (0)23 625 1621
Emergency tel: +27 (0)82 496 2448
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190
Our party stayed 4 nights in 2 chalets- mid May 2016-very comfortable- but more important for me was the rambling hike through the nature reserve one morning- to witness interesting succulents of Karoo type vegetation. Other different hikes with mountain fynbos are nearby and as well as eating out places - a good getaway from home life.!
[…] Take a picnic and make a day of it (there is a picnic spot near the entrance), or spend a night or two in self-catering accommodation. Conservation fee R40 for adults and R20 for kids. Tel 023 625 1621, www.capenature.co.za/reserves/vrolijkheid-nature-reserve. […]
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