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Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve

  • 4.5

  • from 49 Google reviews

A body of water with a mountain in the background
A body of water with a mountain in the background

About the garden

Vrolijkheid is a striking, rugged nature reserve in the Breede River valley, about 15km south of Robertson on the road to McGregor. The rocky landscape is starkly beautiful, dominated by patches of succulents, dwarf trees and shrubs. In spring, Vrolijkheid lives up to its name –happiness – as splashes of bright orange botterblom daisies decorate the reserve.

The vegetation in this area of the Little Karoo is known as Robertson Karoo vegetation, with guarri, karee and melkbos shrubs, patches of mountain renosterveld and sweet-thorn trees. Grasses are scarce in this arid area, which has extremely high temperatures from November to March every year.

Opening times

Office Hours | 07h30 to 16h00

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No cafe or restaurant on site

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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 49 Google reviews

Andrew Woollon

a week ago

4

A lovely experience! Cape Nature has done a wonderful job of making this a clean, tidy and welcoming day excursion. We took bicycles and cameras in May '22 and enjoyed the landscape and views for the better half of a day. Thank you and well done Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve.

Richard Hayes

3 months ago

5

The reserve has something for everyone, from a gentle 1.5 km hike from the parking lot to two well maintained bird hides over water, through 8 km hike to the strenuous 19 km Rooikat trail. We go for the birds. From raptors to jewel like kingfishers there is always something to see. If you are lucky you can see one of the Fish Eagles from the area or the ever present Pale Chanting Goshawk.

Michael Pearton

2 months ago

5

Really interesting natural area with enjoyable hike and MTB trail ride. Also very good bird hides with lots of bird species.

Rising Phoenix

11 months ago

5

Very beautiful. If you love nature and want to break away from the city life,then this is the place to recharge. It gets very cold so make sure you have enough wood for the fireplace.

Stuart Taylor

7 months ago

4

Affordable spot to spend the weekend or a night if you are passing through or in the area to explore. Beds comfortable and lekker outdoors seating area with a braai.

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+27 (0)23 625 1621

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