Heuningberg Nature Reserve

The 800 hectare Heuningberg Nature Reserve boasts over 300 plant species as well as more than a few endemics including the red Bredasdorp lily

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Heuningberg Nature Reserve

If you are in pursuit of the Bredasdorp Lily then a trip to the Heuningberg Nature Reserve, set on the slopes of Heuningberg (Honey Mountain) south east of Bredasdorp, is a good place to start, particularly as the core of the reserve started its life as a wildflower garden.

Today the over 800 hectare Heuningberg nature reserve boasts over 300 plant species as well as more than a few endemics including the trident pincushion and the red Bredasdorp lily, which bursts into flower in March and April every year.

There are two hiking trails in the Heuningberg reserve, both with rather humdrum names: the white and yellow routes. However, that is where boring ends, as the white trail, which includes the amazing Lot’s Wife rock formation on Heuningberg, winds along the slopes of the Drinkwaterkloof to the watershed, after which it continues above Uitvlugkloof before meeting up with the yellow route.

The yellow route contours around the northern slopes of Heuningberg to yet another rock formation, the Pulpit rock, followed by an ascent to the plateau. Both trails offer incredible views not only across Bredasdorp but also of Arniston, De Hoop Nature Reserve and south to Struisbaai.

The pretty town of Bredasdorp lies some 40 kilometres from L’Agulhas, the most southern point in Africa.

Apart from being a good base from which to explore De Hoop Nature Reserve and Heuningberg nature reserves, it is also one of many towns in South Africa that has been ‘discovered’, which means that a number of foreigners and former city dwellers have made Bredasdorp home, and, in turn, have infused the town with a certain ‘quaintness’ that makes it well worth a stopover.

Popular Activities in or near Heuningberg Nature Reserve

Bredasdorp Historical Walk

Where? Bredasdorp
There is a great historical walk of Bredasdorp that you can do starting at the Tourism Bureau (you’ll find that it’s more-or-less in the middle of town). The buildings themselves are historical and the garden worth a walk through, even if it is...

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Rasperpunt Hiking Trail

Where? L'Agulhas
More commonly known as the Agulhas walking trail, because it takes place within the Agulhas National Park, the Rasperpunt hike begins just west of the famous Agulhas lighhouse. Actually the Rasperpunt Hiking Trail is a circular trail that...

More info and contact details: Rasperpunt Hiking Trail

Did you know?

The Heuningberg Nature Reserve is worth a visit to spot the Bradasdorp lily (Cyrtanthus guthriea), best viewed in April or May.

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