Welcome to our corner of paradise

Situated in Somerset West on the slopes of the beautiful Helderberg Mountain overlooking False Bay.

The Helderberg Nature Reserve is located in Somerset West. It is owned and managed by the City of Cape Town with the support of the Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve. The Reserve reaches up as far as the cliff faces and the peaks above the Reserve are managed by CapeNature.

The Friends of the Helderberg Nature Reserve is a community-based organisation which helps in many ways to promote education, supply information, raise funds, maintain the area and embark on promotional projects aimed at helping the public to enjoy and benefit from the Helderberg Nature Reserve.

The Friends is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (Reg. 062-777-NPO  130002827-PBO).

Volunteers and work groups have developed the boardwalks through the gardens, organised events such as the always popular sunset concerts, and run the gift shop and visitor centre.


The Friends of the Helderberg will contribute to ensure that the Helderberg Nature Reserve is a well-managed, secure and protected natural environment accessible to everyone.


To encourage and channel the support of Helderberg residents for the preservation and upkeep of the Helderberg Nature Reserve.


In the early 1960’s, The Rotary Club of Somerset West suggested that a Nature Reserve would benefit the Community. The Reserve was actually proclaimed on 23 September 1960 as the Land-en-Zeezicht Nature Reserve .

Curators of the reserve
  • 1963 – Mr. Harry Wood
  • 1974 – Mr. Douglas Wood
  • 1981 – Mr. Nico Myburgh
  • 1990 – Mr. Gerald Wright
Reserve managers
  • 2003 – Miss Tracy Sampson
  • 2004 – Mr. Paul Koker
  • 2006 – Mr. Owen Wittridge
  • 2016 – Mr. Sandiso Kraai

A legacy of life

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

Events at the reserve

Join us for our regular guided walks or hikes, volunteer for a hack or attend one of our popular concerts in the reserve.


If you enjoy coming to the reserve on a regular basis, become a member and enjoy a discounted entry.