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Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

  • 4.6

  • from 2542 Google reviews

A lake surrounded by trees
A lake surrounded by trees

About the garden

This nature reserve is home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains and parts of the Jonkershoek valley. The reserve, which includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, lies near the town of Stellenbosch in the south-western Cape. Visitors may choose to explore one or both reserves, as they are in easy reach of each other. The reserves are about 9km from Stellenbosch, on the Jonkershoek valley road.

The rugged Jonkershoek Mountains, which form part of the Boland Mountains, are ideal for hiking enthusiasts. The Eerste, Berg, Lourens and Riviersonderend rivers all start high in these mountains, although only the Eerste River actually flows through the Jonkershoek valley. The area is also rich in animal and plant life, with over 1 100 plant species and a variety of small mammals, birds and reptiles. Hikers should be on the lookout for berg adders, puff adders, boomslang and Cape cobras.

The reserve is about 9 800 hectares, while Assegaaibosch is about 204 hectares. The smaller reserve is home to the historical Assegaaibosch farmstead, a national monument built in 1792, while both reserves are World Heritage Sites.

Jonkershoek is hot in summer, and cold and wet in winter. Visitors in the colder months may even see snow dusting the higher mountain peaks. Hikers should note that weather conditions can change rapidly.

Opening times

Office Hours | 07h30 to 1600

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Cape Winelands, 7600

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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 2542 Google reviews

Renier Z

a month ago


Great place to go mountain biking. They have amazing trails for a wide range of riders. Easy to very advanced. A definite must if you are into mountain biking. Above the great trails, the park is beautiful with amazing views. There is a shop with great coffee at the entrance, too, so after your hike or ride, you can sit on the benches and enjoy something hot whilst taking in the scenery.


3 months ago


Very beautiful area and a must visit for every Outdoor Lover! We wanted to do the Panoramic Walk, but unfortunately all but the Tweede Waterfall Hike were closed due to a recent fire. Nevertheless, the waterfall hike was a short picturesque hike with a nice cold swimming spot at the end. The area is beautiful but no info on the website about the closed trails.

Christian Meier

a month ago


Awesome place to go mountain biking. Great network of purpose built trails for varying skill levels. Climb up and enjoy the super fun descents. Scenery is equally amazing.

Riyaaz West

a year ago


Love it. Very beautiful scenery. Parking can get full fast so go early.

aneesa suliman

2 weeks ago


Beautiful park to hike and view wide open spaces. The MTB section has recovered well after restoration projects. . Trails change from jeep tracks to single track. Different trails for various fitness levels Some of the more advanced hiking routes could be marked better.

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