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Day Walks in Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve, Robertson, Overberg, Western Cape.

Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve is in the Breede River Valley, 15-km from Robertson on the McGregor road.  The landscape is rugged and strikingly scenic, with sandstone underlying shale formations.  The vegetation of this arid part of the Little Karoo is known as arid Robertson Karoo.  Succulents dominate, with numerous dwarf trees and shrubs such as guarri, karee and melkbos whereas grasses are scarce. Patches of mountain renosterveld are found on the higher ridges and hills, with sweet thorn trees along the seasonal watercourses.  Sheets of botterblom daisies make a splash of orange in spring.  Klipspringer, grysbok, grey rehebuck and springbok are common.  Caracal occur but are rarely seen.  Birds are well represented with a total of 175 species including jackal buzzard, African and pale chanting goshawk as well as the spectacular black and African fish eagles.   The dams also attract a variety of waterbirds.  Amphibians and reptiles are abundant, a highlight being the Robertson dwarf chameleon.  Trails include:

•    Heron Trail. Easy 3-km trail takes about an hour.  It leads over flat terrain to two dams, each with an attractive bird hide.

•    Rooikat Trail. Circular 19-km trail through the Elandsberg Mountains, with scenic views of the Robertson landscape, the Langeberg and Riviersonderend Mountains.  The route is fairly strenuous and requires 7-8 hours.  No water is available en-route and hikers should carry an adequate supply (2 litres or more pp).

•    Mountain Bike Trail.  Pleasant Circular Route of 8-km (1 hour). Please stay on the marked route.

A self-issued permit for the trails is available at the entrance.  Extremely high temperatures may be experienced from November through March. Set out early in the morning to avoid walking during the heat of the day.  A sun hat is essential. Robertson is on the N15 east of Swellendam, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N15. BDDay

Contct:            The Manager
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
Private Bag X614 Robertson 6705
+27 (23) 625 1621 telephone
+27 (23) 625 1674 fax
web: www.capenature.org.za

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Last update: 2014-05-11 19:05
Author: Alan McIver
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