Bontebok unfortunately can no longer be seen grazing at the reserve. They have been re-located to another reserve because of their dietary needs.
The Cape Hare is a solitary, nocturnal animal. It is a quiet animal, but makes a soft grunt and stamps its hind feet when alarmed. The female is slightly larger than the male.
The Common Duiker is a solitary, nocturnal animal. The name “Duiker” (Afrikaans for “Diver”) derives from its habit of plunging into and concealing itself in thick vegetation. The female is slightly larger than the male and lacks horns.
The Porcupine is nocturnal, and usually only traces of its presence are found. Quills and freshly-dug holes can often be seen on the paths.
The Genet is also nocturnal but has been spotted in the late afternoons. It may be seen in trees or on the ground. Its diet consists of rodents, reptiles, insects, birds, frogs and fruit.
The Small Grey Mongoose is a solitary, diurnal animal. It is uniformly grey with a bushy tail. When alarmed it makes a short, harsh rattling growl.
City of Cape Town (ALL HOURS): 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 from a cell phone
Site: 073 176 1910 or 021 444 9747
Area: 084 528 0401 or 021 444 9743
Ambulance Services: 10177
Wilderness Rescue: 021 937 0300
Police: (Somerset West) 021 850 1300
Neighbourhood Watch: 021 840 0009
Vergelegen Medi Clinic: 021 850 9000
Hottentots Holland Hospital: 021 850 4700
SPCA Wild Life Unit: 083 326 1604
CoCT Fire Control: 021 590 1900
Friends of The Helderberg Nature Reserve:
Mike Woods Environmental Education Centre:
Entrance & Fees:
: 07:30 – 20:00
: 07:30 – 19:00
: 07:30 – 17:30
: R375.00 (prior arrangement only)
: R10.00 (3 years to 18 years)
: Free (child under 3 years old)
: R10.00 (valid student card required)
Senior citizen / Pensioner
: R10.00 (60 years and older: proof of identification required)
You can purchase an annual membership by joining the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve. Friends enter for free with proof of a valid membership card. You can become a member of the Friends at the Visitor Centre.
Early Riser key
To walk in the Reserve from 0500 in the morning before the gate is opened, become a Friend and buy an Early Riser Key at the Visitor Centre. There are strict conditions associated with this privilege.