The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve in the heart of the Langeberg region is heaven on earth. Located between Swellendam and Heidelberg, the reserve boasts lovely hiking, mountain biking and bird watching along with the opportunity to just soak in pristine nature by way of the Southern Afrotemperate forest – the largest remaining example in the Langeberg.
Five new glamping sites have been added allowing visitors to experience the beauty of nature, without compromising creature comforts. Wake up to panoramic views of an enchanted forest and a choir of chirping birds in arguably one of the most beautiful places in the Overberg. Each unit has a fully fitted kitchenette, private bathroom and an outdoor shower.
The 250-hectare forest section of the reserve is home to tall, shady, multi-layered indigenous South African forest tree species are Yellowwood, Red alder, Stinkwood, Sequoia (“Si-koi-ja”) and Boekenhout. The forest is also inhabited by rare species like the forest emperor butterfly or a subspecies of the elusive ghost frog.
Birdwatchers can marvel at nearly 200 bird species that can be observed from special bird hides. Look out for black, crowned and booted eagles, the rare striped flufftail, the narina trogon and beautiful sunbirds and sugarbirds.
There are hiking trails range from easy to more challenging and mountain bikers can choose from the trail on the reserve as well as those on the adjacent Conservancy.
Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve also provides a variety of accommodation options on the reserve, from comfortable and well-equipped cabins to a range of camping styles, with basic plots to private and convenient glamping tents.