More about Blouberg/Blaauwberg Nature Reserve
The Blouberg Nature Reserve, also referred to as The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve, is situated on the West Coast, only about 25km from Cape Town’s city centre. The reserve marks the start of the West Coast’s flora and contains more or less 1445 hectares of rich, and beautiful, biodiversity. Visitors can enjoy spectacular views of Blaauwberg Hill’s fynbos covered slopes from the reserve, whilst also taking in breath taking landscapes of the endless beaches and the ocean. An added bonus is the beautiful views of Table Mountain and Robben Island that are also visible from certain areas within the reserve.
The reserve also presents a rich cultural and historical heritage. Studies have shown that some of the shell middens found here date back to 15 000 years. The site where the Battle of Blaauwberg took place in 1806 is also contained within the reserve.
Fauna that visitors can expect to find include over 40 different mammal species, as well as 5 amphibian and 30 butterfly species. As far as flora goes, the reserve includes 3 lowland vegetation types and over 560 plant species.
Visitors can expect to find a range of facilities when visiting the Blouberg Nature Reserve. Some of the features and facilities include:
- Self-catering accommodation (Montispectus self-catering unit)
- Paths & walkways
- Picnic areas
- Environmental education centre
Whether you are visiting for the day, or you are planning to stay over in the reserve’s self-catering accommodation, some of the activities that you can partake in include:
- Running & jogging
- Hiking & walking
- Educational programmes
To find out more about the reserve or the facilities available, feel free to contact the management team either via phone or email.