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Limietberg Nature Reserve

  • 4.7

  • from 43 Google reviews

A large mountain in the background
A large mountain in the background

About the garden

Limietberg is a pristine nature reserve tucked away in the Du Toitskloof Mountains, near Paarl. The reserve stretches from Franschhoek in the south, eastwards towards Groot Drakenstein, and northwards as far as Voëlvlei Dam and is a World Heritage Site.

Limietberg offers a number of beautiful hikes through steep kloofs and deep valleys. Du Toits Peak, at 1 996m, is the highest point within the reserve. Visitors can also visit the many historical sites along the trails, including ancient rock art, a disused manganese mine and the graves of convicts who helped build the Bainskloof Pass.

The reserve gets extremely hot and dry in summer, but in winter the high mountain peaks are capped with snow. When visiting Limietberg, please check the weather forecast, as hikers can get caught in unpredictable conditions and the mountainous terrain makes rescue operations difficult.

Tweede Tol is a perfect spot for picnicking, but to avoid disappointment we suggest you come early, as day visitors are limited to 120 people per day.

Opening times

Office Hours | 08h00 to 18h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



Cape Winelands, 7646

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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 43 Google reviews

Go for Gold

a month ago


This place deserve 5 stars but while we explored one of the routes not far from the lily pond, we found lots of used toilet paper in the pathway, and also that which the paper was used for. My German friends were not impressed and I was embarrassed. Sies man, what kind of a person will do this.

Bheki Makgabo

3 years ago


Limietberg Nature Reserve is by far the best Nature Reserve I have been too thus far, there is only camping as an option of accommodation, there is a day visitors sectors which has braai facilities and ablution areas, there is also a natural pool in the day visitors section. On the camping side of the reserve, there is a hiking path marked by yellow footprints which lead you to the two beautiful water falls were one can go for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters. The 1st water fall is indeed my favorite as it is small enough for a quick swim and very deep to enable you to dive in from a high elevation. The second waterfall houses a much bigger pool and would require you to wear aqua shoes as the rocks are sharp and can easily hurt you. I almost forgot mentioning the spectacular views of the Thomas Bains Mountain pass on your way to the reserve. This place will beg you to come visit again.

Mzingaye Ncube

a year ago


Must visit Gods beauty is seen the that place it wonderful ,safe love the waterfall

Prudence Adams

5 years ago


This is the closest you'll get to paradise. BEAUTIFUL hiking with very rewarding views and the best swimming in mountain dams

Rifqah Brenner

2 years ago


This was our very first family hike and it truly did not disappoint. The trail can be strenuous but the views along the way is absolutely beautiful. When we arrived at the first waterfall, my son immediately dipped in and enjoyed the water. Getting to the second waterfall was a bit scary as you have to pull yourself up using a chain. But it is totally worth making it all the way up!!!! Seeing a little bit of paradise was beyond words. I was quite emotional as last year at this time, I was learning to walk after spine surgery. The entire group swam in the mountain pool and the texture of the water was a soft feel on the skin. We had a good breaky and my kids jumped from a very high daunting cliff into the pool. We really didn't want to leave and just spent time looking at the waterfall. On our way back, there were moments of jumping into pools to cool off. Overall, this first hike was the benchmark for hikes to come. Next, we are off to Crystal Pools, can't wait!

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