Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
The beautiful Jonkershoek Nature Reserve lies in the Jonkershoek Valley just above Stellenbosch. Surrounded by the magnificent Jonkershoek Mountains, part of the Boland mountain range, this is the place for wonderful hikes within their peaks and never-ending kloofs.
In total, the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is 9 800 hectares of mountain catchment area that provides a rugged terrain for hikers, whilst Assegaaibosch, which is included in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, is more popular with those with a picnic and light stroll in mind, or something slightly less taxing than attempting the peaks of Jonkershoek.
The two nature reserves combined provide 10 000 hectares of fynbos, proteas and over 1 100 plant species - this is natural pristine diversity at its best, and a wonderful place to find fynbos endemics.
The Eerste, Berg, Lourens, and Riviersonderend rivers all begin their descent in the Jonkershoek Mountains, and flow from there down through the winelands.
There is a huge variety of birdlife that includes the jackal buzzard, ground woodpecker, Cape sugarbird, orange-breasted sunbird, Cape bulbul and protea seedeater.
A visit to the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve provides wonderful opportunities for walking, driving, cycling or hiking and there is a good network of gravel roads along the Eerste River - a great place to spot the southern boubou, fiscal flycatcher, Cape robin-chat and forest canary due to the dense riverine vegetation.
There is a dam almost a third of the way up the valley with picnic areas on the banks, and some of the walks that lead up the valley are well worth doing. Look out too for the honey badger, baboon, klipspringer, mongoose and leopard.
Popular Activities in or near Jonkershoek Nature Reserve
Assegaaibosch Walk (Route B)
Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve is a well-known reserve, offering three walking trails through a once cultivated wildflower garden, that is now inhabited with a variety of fynbos species. The garden is a breathtaking vision of the beauty...
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Scenic Flight over the Winelands
Take off from Stellenbosch, the heart of the Winelands and fly low over the Paarl Valley, the awesome Du Toitís Mountains and Bainskloof Pass, a magnificent piece of engineering, built in 1853 by Andrew Geddes Bain. It is a national monument...
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Ballooning Over The Winelands
Take a tour of the Cape Winelands from way up high and experience stunning scenery and a stunning sunset all form a hot air balloon. Setting off before first light, we rise above the trees, watch the sun rise and then float above the vineyards...
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