Helderberg Nature Reserve turns fifty

On 23 September 2010 the Helderberg Nature Reserve celebrates its fiftieth birthday.

In 1947 Land and Zeezicht was bought by the Cape Town Municipality to ensure a supply of water to the area. In 1960 the “Land and Zeezicht Nature Reserve” was proclaimed but was inadvertently named the “Helderberg Nature Reserve” –  the name by which it was commonly known at the time.

Fifty years later, in 2010 – the year of biodiversity – the Helderberg Nature Reserve is recognised as one of the areas in the South Western Cape which has a rich palette of indigenous flora preserved in its natural environment. During the past fifty years the Reserve has experienced changes and development which attract international and local visitors throughout the year. The Reserve has also attracted numerous hikers and walkers who have enjoyed the wide open panoramic views and indigenous vegetation on the slopes of the Helderberg.

Today the Reserve boasts an Environmental Education Centre, a nursery, a tea kiosk, a popular picnic area with benches, tables and toilet facilities, a gift shop and information centre and a curator’s house. Within the Reserve itself, dams and reservoirs ensure the long term preservation of the Reserve. Paths and trails have been opened up for visitors while roads ensure easy access for fire-fighting tenders and personnel.

Thanks to the unreserved dedication of the staff and numerous volunteers over the past fifty years, the Helderberg Nature Reserve has evolved into a popular recreational venue for both visitors and residents alike.

By joining the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve, you will contribute directly to the sustainability of the Reserve for the next fifty years and beyond. Click here to find out how to join and the benefits you will receive.