Jan Marais Nature Reserve

Nature Reserves in or near Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Game Reserves in Western CapeJan Marais Nature Reserve

Marais Road, Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

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Overnight? Stellenbosch, Western Cape

Near the heart of the university town of Stellenbosch, one of the main hotspots of the Cape Winelands, is the Jan Marais Nature Reserve. This beautiful retreat was established in 1919 and covers some 23 hectares of gorgeous South African landscapes. It showcases the exquisite fynbos and renosterveld of the Swartland and is a wonderland to explore on foot. The massive variety of indigenous trees is impressive and inviting, making for a really stunning place to escape the comings and goings of city life.

The Jan Marais Nature Reserve is a small protected area with plenty to offer. There are picnic spots, where families can relax within gorgeous surrounds to enjoy the loveliness of the Western Cape. There are also hiking, walking and mountain biking trails, along which some fantastic vistas and photographs can be savoured. The perimeter park is 1.7 kilometres long, making it very manageable. The labyrinth is always fun and exciting for youngsters, and the young at heart.

The bird life here lures avid bird watchers back again and again. Look out for species, small and large, that are soaring overhead or finding their ideal perch in the branches of the many trees. These may even sit still long enough for an award-worthy photograph.

The garden at Jan Marais is idyllic, and there is plenty of space for little ones to run around. The natural pond is surrounded by unique artworks, making it feel like a treasure, waiting to be discovered.

There is a kiosk available for those wanting light refreshments, and the ablutions are convenient and well-equipped. No alcohol or fires are permitted at the Jan Marais Nature Reserve. Visitors are welcome to bring their pets on leashes.

For those that want to get the most out of their time in the Winelands, the wine and cellar tours near Jan Marais are a must.

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