Tygerberg Nature Reserve

The Tygerberg Nature Reserve, situated in Welgemoed, covers 278ha (687 acres) of extremely endangered west coast renosterveld-type vegetation. Proclaimed in 1973, it supports one of the last remnants of the highly threatened Swartland Shale Renosterveld vegetation. Its 300 hectares boasts 460 different plant species. Of these, 12 are threatened with extinction, eight are endemic to Cape Town and three endemic to Tygerberg itself.

The diversity of species found is vast, with some 50 different mammals, 125 bird species, 35 different reptiles, 8 types of frogs and 33 different butterfly species. Visitors to the City of Cape Town's Tygerberg Nature Reserve will now be greeted with hiking trails named after plants, animals and birds. Conservation staff, with the help of the Friends of the Tygerberg Hills, planned, constructed and placed signboards on the hiking trails throughout the reserve.

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Durbanville Race Course

Horse racing is a hugely popular sport in South Africa, with regular racing taking place around the country. The sport in South Africa enjoys a long and rich history that can be traced back to 1797! The first recorded race club meeting took place five years later in 1802.

The national horse racing body is known as the National Horse Racing Authority and previously operated under the name of The Jockey Club of South Africa. It was founded in 1882.

Racing in South Africa is controlled by two bodies: Phumelela Gaming and Leisure Limited, and Gold Circle. Phumelela controls racing in the Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng, while Gold Circle has the reins in the Western Cape and Kwazulu-Natal.

Bowlers Way, Durbanville, Cape Town
Tel: (021) 976 5945

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Durbanville Rose Garden

Durbanville Rose Garden

This 3.5 hectare garden includes 500 varietals and
4 500 rose bushes. Visitors can enjoy the layout of hybrid teas along Drakenstein Street, beds of miniatures, a gazebo that includes the ‘Fairest Cape’ rose, a tea garden, beds of medal winners, antique roses planted around graves, floribundas near the parking and climbers and shrubs against the fence.

Inside the Park
500 varieties of roses
4,500 rose bushes
a tea garden
beds of medal winners
beds of miniatures

This beautiful rose garden was established in 1979 as an initiative of the Western Cape Rose Society under the auspices of Mr and Mrs Lindner, and the then Durbanville Municipality.

For more information:
Tel: 021 970 3129 or 021 970 3130

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Durbanville Nature Reserve

Durbanville Nature Reserve

Opening hours: 07:30 – 16:00 (weekdays); closed weekends
Tariffs: None

Activities: Picnic sites, walking paths, bird watching

Two rare plant species, indigenous veld types, short hiking trails, bird watching and picnicking are the main attractions of the Durbanville Nature Reserve. The 6ha (15 acre) Durbanville Nature Reserve, located in the heart of Durbanville, is quite unique despite its diminutive size, as it’s set in an endangered indigenous veld environment, where renosterveld coastal fynbos and mountain fynbos grow together.

Walking trails are suited to those who prefer less strenuous activities and who prefer to take in the beautiful and famous flora of the Cape. Guided walks are offered but need to be booked in advance. The reserve also features an indigenous plant nursery including rare species of Swartland shale renosterveld and Cape Flats sand fynbos vegetation types. The Cape for Kids organisation offers environmental education programmes at the reserve.

Telephone: 021 970 3097
Email: Durbanville.NatureReserve@capetown.gov.za

Cape for Kids, an educational and environmental company, teaches children to value their heritage. Using interactive puppet shows and hands -on activities young children, aged 4–10 years, are introduced to beautiful places in the Cape.
Contact details of Cape for Kids: 021 790 6067 or ali@capeforkids.com.

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Cape Country Calls Map


Cape Country Calls is all about promoting rural attractions and country businesses on the doorstep of Cape Town, firstly to the residents of our city and the suburbs, and then to visitors to our area.

An attractive map brochure covers the interesting places to visit in the country areas between the towns of Durbanville, Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Paarl, Wellington, and Malmesbury.

All the places featured on the map lie within a 75km radius of Cape Town.

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