The beginning of 2016 saw some very exciting and popular day and night interpretative walks at the Helderberg Nature Reserve. The Friends of the Helderberg arranged five interpretative day walks, specifically looking at fynbos, indigenous trees, protea and birds. The Night walks proved to be enormously popular, selling out very quickly. Andreas Groenewald entertained and educated us for most of the walks, with Jill Mortimer leading the bird walks. The star-gazing event in March was also a great success.
Due to the success of these various walks, we are very pleased to announce the new dates for the day and night walks for the end of 2016. Once again, Andreas Groenewald will lead all the walks (except the bird walk, which will be led by a member of the Somerset West Bird Club.) We’re also very excited to introduce the new Sunset Supper Walks.
Upcoming Day Walks
Walks are on the last Sunday of the month, with the exception of December.
- 25 September: Birds (starts 07:30 meet at the entrance)
- 30 October: Fynbos (starts 08:00 meet at the Oak Café)
- 27 November: Indigenous Trees (starts 08:00 meet at the Oak Café)
- 18 December: Birds (starts 07:00 meet at the entrance)
Walks last about 2 hours, are in the lower area of the reserve and therefore not strenuous. Wear comfortable shoes, bring a sun hat and something to drink.
Upcoming Night Walks
Held on the Saturday closest to the new/full moon. Cars may be parked inside.
- 01 October: New Moon (meet at the entrance at 19:00)
- 12 November: Full Moon (meet at the entrance at 19:15)
- December: Full Moon (meet at the entrance at 19:45)
Walks last approximately around 2 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a torch.
Sunset Supper Walks
There will be a gradual climb to the bench at the top of Leopard’s Loop, so a moderate level of fitness is required.
- 15 October: Sunset walk (meet at the entrance at 17:30)
- 19 November: Sunset walk (meet at the entrance at 18:00)
Wear comfortable shoes; bring a supper snack and torch. Back in the parking area by 21:00 at the latest.
If you would like to join us for one of these walks, please book at the Visitor Centre in the reserve: R20 per adult, R10 per scholar.
If you are not a member of the Friends, you are also required to pay the normal entry fee to the reserve when booking – R20 for adults, R10 for seniors and R10 for children aged 3 to 17 years.
Payment in cash please. Regret no telephone or on line bookings.
Should a walk have to be cancelled, due to weather conditions or for any other reason, participants will be advised and the booking fee will be refunded.
The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10:00 to 16:00
Telephone: 021 851 4060