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.
: 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.