Vrolijkheid, situated about 5 Km from McGregor on the Robertson road, is mainly concerned with the breeding of small game, dealing with problem animals and preservation of flora and fauna.They also maintain and control of hiking trails and bird hides in the area.

Cape Nature Reservations | 0861 227 362 8873 | 021 483 0190
| Piet van Zyl, Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve, Private Bag X614, Robertson 6705

All permits include the reserve entrance fee, with a self-issued permit for the trails beng obtainable at the reserve entrance. Trails may be closed at certain times of the year depending on the weather conditions. Limited accommodation for visitors and environmental education groups may be booked at Vrolijkheid.

Extremely high temperatures may be experienced from November to March, and during this period hikers should set out early in the morning to avoid walking during the heat of the day. A sun hat is essential. No pets, firearms, picking of flowers or collection of seeds allowed.

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Tariffs - 1 September 2011 till 31 August 2012

  • Day visits, day hikes, overnight trails: Adults R30 Children (3-12) R15
  • Greyton-Macgregor Trail (per direction) R30

Rooikat Trail

This is a circular, 19 km trail through the Elandsberg mountains, offering scenic views of the Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountains. You are bound to see springbok grazing in the succulent karoo vegetation.

It is fairly strenuous, with the path rough underfoot, and requires 8 hours of walking. Sturdy hiking boots are essential. No water is available on the route, and hikers should carry a sufficient supply (2 litres per person).

Heron Trail

This is an easy, 3km hike through succulent karoo vegetation, which takes you to two shimmering dams. Each has a wonderful bird hide, well hidden in the reedy surrounds, and a few hours spent in either, of an early morning or evening, should produce a few birding surprises. A total of 195 bird species has been recorded at Vrolikjheid.

Vrolijkheid MTB

This pleasant circular route of 8 km (±1 hour) meanders through a section of the reserve. Please stay on the marked route. Rate: R60 pp (includes reserve entrance).

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