Walks & Hikes

Explore helderberg on foot

Guided hikes and gentle interpretative day and night walks are held frequently throughout the year.

Click here for walking trails map, grading & distance 

Calendar

For details of all walks and hikes, please see our events schedule on our Facebook page

Important information

Booking a walk

It is essential to book attendance on walks at a nominal booking fee, payable in advance. The charge for ALL walks are as follows:

Members: 

  • Adults R30
  • Scholars R15

Non members:

  • Adults R50
  • Scholars R25

For more information, as well as to book and obtain your ticket, you will need to call in person at the Visitor Centre inside the Reserve, open daily from 10:00 to 16:00. Booking for a Walk closes at 12 noon on the day before. Please note that, at this stage, bookings cannot be made by telephone or online, and only PAID bookings at the Visitor Centre reflect valid bookings.

Should a Walk have to be cancelled for any reason (e.g. inclement weather), you may be advised via an SMS or phone call, and your booking fee will be refunded on presentation of the ticket at the Visitor Centre.

Walks / Leaders
The day and the night walks will usually be led by Andreas Groenewald, while bird walks will usually be led by Jill Mortimer (a member of the Somerset West Bird Club).

Day walks are held on the last Sunday of the month, commencing from the Visitor Centre in The Reserve at 08:00 and last approximately 3 hours, accept the bird walks which commence from the gate of the Reserve.

Walks are not strenuous as they will be in the lower garden of the Reserve. You are nevertheless advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water to drink.

Night Walks

These will be held on the Saturday closest to the new or full moon. Meet at the entrance of the Reserve at 19:45 – the walks start promptly at 20:00 (times may vary). Cars may be parked inside. Walks will be in the lower area of The Reserve. Comfortable walking shoes are advised and, most important, participants are asked to bring a hand torch with them.

Sunset Supper Walks

Held on Saturday evenings.
Meet at the Visitor Centre in the Reserve at 18:15 – the walk starts promptly at 18:30 and lasts approximately 4 hours. There will be a gradual climb to the bench on the Caracal Trail, a moderate fitness level is required. Once there, participants will watch the sunset while enjoying a supper (bring your own picnic) while taking a closer look at the night sky.

Due to popularity of these Night Walks, it is recommended that you book early

Guided Hikes

These walks are guided by two experienced hikers. All walks start from the kiosk near the restaurant in the Reserve. No booking, as such, is required. However, to assist with arrangements, please let the Visitor Centre know if you are planning to join the walk.

Appropriate hiking gear is essential, particularly in winter. Guides may refuse to allow persons to join the hike if clothing or footwear are not suitable. It is essential to carry 1-2 litres of water.

Please note: In the event of bad weather, the walks will be deferred to the following week, starting at the same time as scheduled.

A legacy of life

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