Cape Interior – Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve best is accessed from Robertson. Take the road leading to MacGregor from Robertson, and turn left (-33.8237, 19.8634) onto Langverwagten Road. Follow this road for approximately 11km and the reserve entrance is on your left (-33.9167, 19.8781). Open the gate and sign it at the honesty box.
About the Birding Site
The Robertson area and Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve offer a good selection of the Karoo and dry arid west specials, conveniently close to Cape Town, and accessible from the N1. This area is well placed as a jumping-off point for either a Tankwa or an Overberg birding trip. The quaint town of Robertson makes for a pleasant stop on a journey or as a destination in itself, and the surrounding farmlands and mountains clad with Karoo scrub provide a scenic backdrop to the productive birding. The area also offers access to a number of species that reach the edge of their southwestern distribution in the subregion. Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve is a 1852 ha reserve protecting an area of arid Robertson Karoo. In the flower season, between August and October, the reserve lights up spectacularly with wildflowers, attracting large numbers of insects and birds.
Other Related Information
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve is managed by Cape Nature, and an entry fee of R50 per adult and R30 per child is payable at the gate, using an honesty box system.
Wild Cards also provide free access.
Dassieshoek Nature Reserve is a free, open access reserve. The picnic site (close to the main entrance) has been recently upgraded, and is wheelchair friendly.
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve:
Contact number: 087 087 8250
A map and brochure can be downloaded at: https://www.capenature.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Vrolijkheid-map-and-brochure.pdf
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