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Business name: Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve
CATEGORY:: Activities
Type: Nature Reserves
About (Owner’s description): Originally known as Melkhoutskraal, the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve encompasses 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. The name translates to “big father” in honour of Roelof Oelofse who owned the land in 1723. It has only been a reserve since 1986 and was declared a world heritage site in 2004.

This is the most significant stretch of indigenous forest left in the south-western Cape, with nearly all of the 35 typical forest tree species, including red alder, ironwood, stinkwood and yellowwood. Visitors to this beautiful reserve will relish the opportunity to get out into the forest on day walks and mountain biking trails. This is an excellent birding destination with more than 196 bird species regularly spotted. Hikers are likely to bump into bushbuck and spot baboons and smaller mammals when out on the trails. Sighting the forest emperor butterfly and a subspecies of the rare ghost frog would be the highlight of a visit here, as they can only be found in this particular forest.

Grootvadersbosch video and gallery images by Liesel Kershoff. http://www.lieselkershoff.com/
GPS Coordinates: 33 59 08.4 S 20 49 24.7 E
Contact Person: Reservations
Website: www.capenature.co.za/reserves/grootvadersbosch-nature-reserve/
Town: Heidelberg
Region: Garden Route, South Africa
Telephone: +27 (28) 722-2412
Garden Route Meander Office Use Only
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2014
First Name: Garden Route Meander
Last Name: Office Use Only
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