Walks & Hikes

Guided and informative hikes and day walks are held frequently throughout the year. Night walks also take place, but not as regularly.

For details of all walks and hikes, please see our EVENTS schedule on our Facebook page


It is essential to book attendance on Walks at a nominal booking fee, payable in advance. The charge for ALL walks (excl. hikes) is as follows:
– Adults R20
– Scholars R10
– PLUS non-members pay reserve entry fee

For more information, as well as to book and obtain your ticket, you will need to call in person at the Visitor Centre inside the Reserve, open daily from 10:00 to 16:00. Booking for a Walk closes at 12 noon on the day before. Please note that, at this stage, bookings cannot be made by telephone or online, and only PAID bookings at the Visitor Centre reflect valid bookings.

Should a Walk have to be cancelled for any reason (e.g. inclement weather), you may be advised via an SMS or phone call, and your booking fee will be refunded on presentation of the ticket at the Visitor Centre.

Walks / Leaders

The fynbos (flora) and the night walks will usually be led by Andreas Groenewald, while bird (fauna) walks will led by a member of the Somerset West Bird Club.

Day walks are held on the last Sunday of the month, commencing from the Oak Café in The Reserve at 08:00 (flora) and 07:30 (fauna), and last approximately 2 hours. Walks are not strenuous as they will be in the lower garden of the Reserve. You are nevertheless advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water to drink.

Night Walks

These will be held on the Saturday closest to the new or full moon. Entry at the entrance of the Reserve at 20:00 – the walks start promptly at 20:15. Cars may be parked inside. Walks will be in the lower area of The Reserve. Comfortable walking shoes are advised and, most important, participants are asked to bring a torch with them.

Due to popularity of these Night Walks, it is recommended that you book early.

Guided Hikes

These walks are guided by two experienced hikers. All walks start from the kiosk near the restaurant in the Reserve. No booking, as such, is required. However, to assist with arrangements, please let the Visitor Centre know if you are planning to join the walk.

Appropriate hiking gear is essential, particularly in winter. Guides may refuse to allow persons to join the hike if clothing or footwear are not suitable. It is essential to carry 1-2 litres of water.

Please note: In the event of bad weather, the walks will be deferred to the following week, starting at the same time as scheduled.

Take a look at the WALKING TRAILS page for a map of the various routes.

Route Grade Est duration Colour
West Peak 3C 7 hours + break Pink
Leopard Loop 2B 3 hours + break Red
Sugarbird Walk 1A 35 minutes Yellow
Watsonia Trail 2.5B 3 hours + break Brown
Woodies Walk 2.5B 5 hours + break Green
Protea Trail 2A 2 hours + break Blue
Caracal Trail 1B 1 hour + break Black
1 Easy stroll A No exposure to heights
2 Moderate but tiring B Moderate climbing
3 Strenuous C Moderate exposure to heights