Join the Friends

Membership application forms are available at the membership office or may be downloaded here: Membership Application Form

To apply for/renew membership you MUST take the completed application form (English or Afrikaans) and your fee to the Information Centre in the Helderberg Nature Reserve.

Members of the Friends pay an annual subscription which allows them free entry into the Reserve for the subscription period 1 April to 31 March of the following year. The subscriptions received are used primarily:

  • to promote and assist with environmental education activities and programmes
  • to contribute to conservation activities that protect the flora and fauna of the Helderberg Nature Reserve
  • to provide information services that will contribute to visitor experiences and understanding of the reserve
  • to provide practical assistance to the City of Cape Town in the upkeep of the reserve

As a member of the Friends you will be showing your support for nature conservation in The Helderberg and you will receive the following:

  • Membership card
  • Free entrance to the Reserve throughout the validity of your card
  • Regular newsletters and information bulletins
  • Option to buy an Early Riser key for early morning access to the Reserve

Membership (and application for an Early Riser key) can be done at the Information Centre between 10:00 and 15:30 (note the cut off time is an hour before closing at 16:30).Fees may be paid by cash or cheque at the office. We regret that no electronic or card facilities are available for membership fees.

For contact details refer to the Information column to the right of the page.

Subscriptions for 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016

Membership Category Subscription Conditions
Ordinary Member R100 One card in the name of the Member. Non-transferable.
Senior Citizen (60+ years) R60 One card in the name of the Member. Non-transferable.
Family R200 Two adults plus children 4 – 18 years and under. Cards in each family member’s name.
Non-transferable. Children under 4 are included on the responsible adult member’s card.
Patron R275 Two ordinary membership cards in the name of the Patron. Cards are transferable.


Early Riser Key

The City of Cape Town has agreed to allow the continued use of the “early riser key” system. This system allows registered key holders to enter the Helderberg Nature Reserve ahead of the normal opening time in the morning. It is a privilege available to paid up members of the Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve only and is subject to compliance with certain terms and conditions as listed on the application form.

The process of issuing keys is administered by the Friends on behalf of the City. City authorities, for their part, carry out regular checks thus enhancing overall security in the reserve and avoiding incidents of trespassing and the misuse of the keys.

The fee for the key is R250.

General information

Each key is marked with a unique serial number and has a built in security feature making it impossible to obtain duplicate keys. Serial numbers are recorded on the key holder register against the name of the key holder, along with his/her membership number and ID.

Entry to the reserve is via the pedestrian gate. The current lock on the gate will be replaced on 1 May 2014 and the new keys issued will be valid until 30 April 2015. Access is allowed from 05:00 each day of the week. Under no circumstances may the key be used after closing time in the evening.

Keys are not transferable. Any key holder or member allowing access to persons, other than those listed on the key register, will be penalised. If the key is lost, key holders are asked to report this immediately. Replacement keys will be issued at the normal fee.

Applicants may nominate family members and/or a walking associate (1 only) to accompany them, provided each is a member of the Friends and his/her name, membership and ID number are listed on the application form.

All users are required to carry their key, membership cards and IDs with them when walking in the reserve. The list of registered key holders and their family members and/or walking associate is updated regularly and forwarded to reserve management for security purposes.

The fee of R250 covers the cost of the key and administrative costs incurred by the Friends.

Obtaining a key

Members wishing to obtain an early riser key should call at the Visitor Centre, open daily from 10:00 to 16:00, complete and sign an application form agreeing to the terms and conditions and pay the required fee.

Applicants should bring their Friends membership cards and ID numbers with them, together with those of their nominated family members and/or walking associate.

Early Riser Key application forms are available at the membership office or may be downloaded here: Key Application Form