Nature is calling

– Helderberg Nature Reserve –

Photograph by Joe Smereczansky

Welcome to our corner of paradise

The Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve is situated in Somerset West on the slopes of the beautiful Helderberg Mountain overlooking False Bay, 

Teeming with life,  it’s a perfect exploring ground for young and old and offers a true break-away from the city rush.

What to do at Helderberg Nature Reserve

Explore the best our Nature Reserve has to offer:

Nature Walks

There are several walks in the Reserve, ranging from 2.2km to a 7 hour hike.

Picnic Spots

Bring your picnic basket!  Regretabbly no braai or gas burning equipment allowed.

Fauna & Flora

The rich natural environment is home to a wide variety of plant and animal life.

Visitors Centre

Open 7 days a week. Visit our gift shop,
apply for annual membership
or an early riser key.


We host regular nature walks & hikes,
hacks and our very popular
“Concerts in the park” event.


Independently run serving light meals,
coffees, soft drinks and picnics to order! Walk ins and groups welcome

News & Events

ABSA Cape Epic Mountain Bike Event

To all visitors of the Helderberg Nature Reserve Notice of a one off cycling event within the Helderberg Nature Reserve Where: Lower portions of the Watsonia Trail and the western portion of the Protea TrailDate: Friday 22 March 2019 Time: From approximately 08:00 –...

Friends newsletter – November 2018

The latest newsletter is available for download in English and Afrikaans.Newsletter in English – Nov 2018Newsletter in Afrikaans – Nov 2018

Friends newsletter July 2018

The latest newsletter is available for download in English and Afrikaans.English Newsletter – July 2018Afrikaans Newsletter – July 2018

Friends AGM 2018

The Friends of Helderberg Nature Reserve hold their Annual General Meeting in the second week of May.All are welcome.Time: Wednesday 9th May 2018 at 17:30.Venue: the Mike Woods Environmental Education Centre in the Reserve.AgendaWelcome and...

Aliens in Retreat – February 2018

Given our current drought conditions I was almost hoping for a cancelled hack when it rained during the night. By the time we started to hack the rain was over, but we had received a welcome 16mm. It was probably just as well the rain didn’t stop the...

March 2018 News Bulletin

Membership of the FriendsIt’s time to renew your membership of the Friends which expires at the end of March. The good news is that the fees will remain the same, as does the procedure. All that will change is the colour of the sticker you will receive...


Become an Annual Member and enjoy free entry at any time. 

In joining you can contribute to the reserve and receive benefits too.  You can also apply for an Early Riser Key and gain access to the reserve from 5am.