Limietberg Nature Reserve

Lying in the Du Toitskloof Mountains close to Paarl, Limietberg Nature Reserve is a beautiful space in which to spend time, particularly if you are a hiker

Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Limietberg Nature Reserve

Lying in the Du Toitskloof Mountains close to Paarl, Limietberg Nature Reserve is a beautiful space in which to spend time, particularly if you are a hiker.

There are nine separate hiking trails that wind through fynbos, indigenous forest, rugged and steep kloofs, and valleys through which the Breede and Berg rivers flow.

Limietberg Nature Reserve stretches all the way from Franschhoek in the south to VoŽlvlei dam in the north and Groot Drakenstein to the east.

The reserve is filled with stunning views, peaceful moments, tranquil walks and clear rock pools for weary walkers on warm days. You can also hope to spot the dassie, baboon, klipspringer and occasional leopard, but it is the endemic birds - the Cape sugarbird and protea canary - that steal the show. The black eagle and other raptors are also regularly seen in the reserve.

The Tweede Tol picnic area is a beautiful space in which to picnic, and thankfully restricted to 120 people per day. You can now book ahead of time, but if you havenít, it is best to arrive early during busy periods. The picnic area now has a jungle gym to keep children amused. There is also a campsite in Bainskloof Pass with 25 shady and pretty sites.

Hikers are encouraged to come prepared as rescue operations are virtually impossible, should you get caught in any of the often unpredictable conditions - weather is pretty variable in this mountainous terrain. But as long as one is in a group with experienced hikers, the beauty of the Limietberg reserve easily compensates for any trepidation of a change in weather.

Popular Activities in the Limietberg Nature Reserve

Krom River Hiking Trail


The initial part of the hike is accompanied by the general drone of the highway. It is not long before the white boot markers lead one up a ridge and away from the tunnel. This initial stage of the walk follows the right bank of the Molenaars...

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Elandspad River Trail


The Elandspad River Trail measures seven kilometres and takes about four hours to complete, depending on your fitness levels and the size of your group. It is situated within the Limietberg Nature Reserve near Paarl in the Western Cape. As its...

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Limietberg Hiking Trail


The Limietberg Hiking Trail is nestled within the Boland mountains in the heart of the Cape Winelands=. This is a fabulous, but moderately challenging trail that usually takes about two days to complete. It covers a total distance of 36...

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Did you know?

The Limietberg Nature Reserve lies close to Paarl and stretches from Franschhoek in the south, to the north and Voelvlei dam, and east towards Groot Drakenstein, covering roughly 117 000 hectares.

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