Helderberg Farm, situated on the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains, is a hive of activities for young and old.
There are five hiking routes that follow on to each other, giving you the choice of 1 – 20km of scenic hiking with various levels of difficulty. Each route has been named a different colour to distinguish between them.
The distance and duration of each route is measured from the starting point. For example, the distance of the yellow route includes the distances of the green, red, and yellow sections together.
You have a good chance of spotting wildlife on the walks, while the cry of the Fish Eagle can be heard almost daily.
Hiking trails are open daily from 08:00 – 18:00 and permits are available at the kiosk.
The Green route
Duration: 50 minutes
Hiking through: the Granny’s forest
Point of Interest: A hikers’ overnight hut is situated in the forest, 1km from the starting point, which is ideal for families with kids. The path through the forest is suitable for young children as well as the elderly.
The Red route
Difficulty: moderately easy
Duration: 1 hour 20 minutes
Hiking through: forest and vineyards
Point of Interest: On this route there is a Rock Candle Wood tree, which may be one of the largest of its kind in South Africa.
The Yellow route
Difficulty: Moderate, steep uphill and downhill
Duration: 2 hours
Hiking through: forest and vineyards on the mountain slope
Point of Interest: New lookout platform with breathtaking views over False Bay, Table Mountain and the Stellenbosch Winelands.
The Blue route
Difficulty: Moderate, steep uphill
Duration: 3 hours and 25 minutes
Hiking through: starting in the forest, hiking through the vineyards and up the foot of the mountain.
Point of Interest: Stunning lookout point high up. This route is also ideal for mountain biking, being moderate to difficult.
The Brown route
Distance: 11km +
Difficulty: Difficult. Do not attempt on a cloudy day.
Duration: 4 - 9 hours (depending on how far you want to walk when on top of the mountain)
Hiking through: starts in the forest, goes right up to the top of the mountain.
Point of Interest: This route takes you to West Peak with a breathtaking 360 view over Somerset West, Strand, Cape Peninsula and Stellenbosch. One of the best viewpoints in the Western Cape.
From there you can walk further to the highest point of the Helderberg Mountain, The Dome (1137m above sea level).
Helderberg Farm page.
Kiosk and Tea Garden
The kiosk sells produce from the farm and at the tea garden you can relax while the kids entertain themselves in the playground or visit the animals at the Farmyard Nursery.
During winter the fireplace in the dining room will ensure a cosy atmosphere.
Helderberg Farm is an ideal venue for the outdoor activities and when visiting, you can partake in any of the following activities: