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Nature Reserves

Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve


Lying in the Hottentots Holland mountains, about 90km south east of Cape Town, this 42 000ha reserve stretches from Elgin in the south beyond Villiersdorp in the north, and from the Stellenbosch mountains in the west, eastwards to the Groenland mountains. The entrance is at Nuweberg, high in Viljoen's Pass between Grabouw and Villiersdorp.

The terrain is rugged and mountainous. Altitudes range from 500m to 1590m. Annual rainfall is sometimes as high as 3300mm on the Dwarsberg plateau, with frequent and strong winds.


Summers are generally mild and dry. Weather conditions in the mountains can be unpredictable and dangerous.

The reserve is important for the conservation of mountain fynbos with about 1300 species occurring here, including several rare and endemic plants.


Small populations of grey rhebuck, klipspringer, common duiker and grysbok occur. Leopard also frequent these mountains but are seldom seen.


Approximately 110 bird species have been recorded on the reserve, amongst them several species of raptor.

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