The Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve is a 70 000 ha reserve in the Hottentots Holland Mountains approximately 90km from Cape Town.
The reserve streches from Grabouw in the south to Villiersdorp in the north and plays an important part in the conservation of the approximately 1 300 species of mountain fynbos.
Mountain fynbos vegetation is characterised by ericoids (heather), restoids (reeds) and proteoid shrubs like proteas and conebushes.
The area is very mountainous with peaks ranging from 500m to Sneeukop which is 1590m high.
The annual rainfall may be as high as 3 300mm on the Dwarsberg plateau and the winds are frequent and strong. Summers are generally mild and dry.
Weather conditions in the mountains can be unpredictable and dangerous! Therefore be prepared when hiking by taking enough water as well as something warm.
Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve page.
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Take the N2 from Cape Town and turn left at Tthe Orchard Farm Stall.
The entrance to the the reserve is 11km from Grabouw on the R321 to Villiersdorp.
Something to do while you are in the vicinity of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve.
The Elgin Wine Route is a new wine route in the Elgin Valley, Grabouw.
All the wine growers are members of the Groenlandberg Conservancy whose aim it is to do business in an ethical manner with special attention to nature conservation and social well-being and upliftment.
On the route you can expect wine tastings, cellar tours, restaurants, function venues and accommodation.