Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Proclaimed in 1973 the Tygerberg Nature Reserve is a small reserve in the middle of the Cape Peninsula.

This reserve supports one of the last remnants of the highly threatened Swartland Shale Renosterveld Fynbos Vegetation.

The reserve is rather small in South African terms (278 ha), but it boasts 460 different plant species of which 12 are threatened with extinction, eight are endemic to Cape Town and three endemic to Tygerberg itself.

The following animal life can be found:
50 different mammals, 125 bird species, 35 different reptiles, 8 types of frogs and 33 different butterfly species. (Phew what a mouthful!)

Beside the birds and small animals on view, the main reason I visit this reserve regularly, is that it offers a spectacular view of Cape Town. It lets you orientate yourself and see all the places you have been and intend going to.

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

The reserve boasts seven hiking trails, with one being a wheelchair-friendly path.

Wheelchair-friendly walk in Tygerberg Nature Reserve

The Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre features a resource centre, library and herbarium where geography, town planning and ecology lessons are offered.
Booking is essential.

Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre in Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Where does the name Tygerberg come from?

From a distance, the blotches visible on the hills of the Western Cape reminded Dutch settlers of a leopard's skin, and the hills became known as Luipaerts Berghen (1657).

This was changed to Tijgerberghen in 1661, and is now known as Tygerberg.
Many scientists think that these regular round patches are the remains of ancient termite nests.

Useful Information

09:00 - 16:00 week days
09:00 - 18:00 weekends and public holidays




021 913 5695


Totius Street, Welgemoed, Cape Town

Find Komissaris Street in the affluent suburb of Welgemoed in your Cape Town map guide. The road from there is well marked by big, easy to see signs.

Hiking map of walks in Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre

Tygerberg Nature Reserve Map source: Friends of Tygerberg Hills.

Return from Tygerberg Nature Reserve page to Homepage.

 Hotel Accommodation Deals: Check Availability

Leave a comment?

comments powered by Disqus

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Do you want to add something or let me know of some changes?
Leave me a comment in the box below.
Cape Town Travel Guide and Trip Planner

Buy tickets online for City Sightseeing Tours.

Custom Search


Useful Information

FREE Cape Town Audio Guide

Flight Information

Helicopter Trips


Radio Stations (streaming):

Restaurant Reviews

Running Events

Surf Report

Wedding Guide