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 2014 to 31 March 2015

Membership Category Subscription Conditions
Ordinary Member R90 1 Numbered Card in the name of the Member. Non-transferable.
Senior Citizen (60+ years) R55 1 Numbered Card in the name of the Member. Non-transferable.
Family R180 2 Adults plus children 18 years and under. Numbered card in each family member’s name.*
Non-transferable.
Patron R275 2 Ordinary Membership Cards in the name of the Patron. Cards transferable.

*Children under 4 years: Entry is included on the responsible card holder’s membership.

Early Riser Key

Please note that the availability of Early Riser keys is strictly controlled.

We are pleased to announce that the City of Cape Town has agreed to allow the continued use of the “early riser key” system that allows registered key holders to enter the Helderberg Nature Reserve ahead of normal opening times in the morning. This privilege is available only to members of the Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve and it is subject to compliance with a new set of terms and conditions.(More information regarding these is available at the Information Centre.)

The process of issuing keys will be administered by the Friends on behalf of the City. The authorities are very concerned about security in the reserve and all participants in the scheme are asked to adhere strictly to the conditions of use so that incidents of trespass and misuse of the keys are avoided. The keys are not transferrable and under no circumstances are they to be used after closing time in the evening.

Members wishing to obtain an early riser key should call at the Information Centre, open daily from 10:00 to 14:00, complete and sign an application form agreeing to the terms and conditions and pay the fee of R 250 although existing registered users will receive a R50 discount upon return of their numbered key when applying for a new one. The new Keys will be valid from 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2015. Applicants should bring their Friends membership cards and ID numbers with them.

Usage of keys issued last year will expire on 30 April 2014. Any members who have out-of-date keys are asked to please return these to the Information Centre as soon as possible.