Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is one of the Western Cape’s treasures. Being home to over 1100 plant species and a variety of birds, small mammals and reptiles, it is no wonder that this sanctuary is a top destination for hikers and nature lovers alike.

A short drive out of Stellenbosch, nestled toward the brooding Jonkershoek mountains, is the reserve – a beautiful valley which was ravaged by a fire several months ago. But now, as spring emerges, a panoramic display of colour is on show for all to see.

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In the coldest months of winter, you may be able to see snow-capped peaks as you ascend the Swartboskloof trail, a 5.3 km meander up to a stunning waterfall. Passing through an ancient forest, this is a popular choice for the general walker, as is the Tweede Waterval trail. The more adventurous hiker can tackle the 17 km Panoramic trail, offering unparalleled views of the valley and beyond.

Jonkershoek is the ideal place to spend a day outdoors, with its choice of different trails for hikers of all fitness levels. This should be every mountain biker’s first port of call.

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Where Jonkershoek Rd, Stellenbosch
When Daily 07:30 am – 4 pm,
Cost R40 adults, R20 children
Contact +27 21 866 1560, Website

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