Stuck behind a desk while your thoughts wonder off to the weekend? We’d be happy to indulge your daydreams with beautiful South African green spaces worth visiting! First up… Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West, Western Cape.
Recommended by one of our Facebook fans, Katie Roller says Helderberg Nature Reserve is one of her favourite green spaces and was kind enough to share this photo. Take a deep breath…
Photograph by Katie Roller
Oh what a view! Can you feel the stress of the day just melt away?!
Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, the reserve is unique because it’s where four different habitats, mountain, riverine, forest and lowland scrub, converge. There are various hiking trails, catering for all fitness levels, and after walking you could enjoy a picnic in the gardens while watching tortoises stroll across the lawn.
Birdwatchers and animal lovers, take your binoculars and cameras because the reserve is home to 39 bird species and a variety of animals including Bontebok, Cape Hare, Common Duiker, Porcupine, Genet and Small Grey Mongoose!
If flora appeals to you, Helderberg Nature Reserve is representative of Mesic Mountain Fynbos on the upper reaches and the Renosterveld on the lower reaches. And as you probably know, Fynbos is indigenous to the Western Cape.
We found this video of the reserve so you can take a quick virtual tour from your desk…
That was fun but let’s face it – most things are better in the real world so make a date to visit the Helderberg Nature Reserve! For more information, visit helderbergnaturereserve.co.za
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