Around the corner from Stellenbosch you will find the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve surrounded by the astounding Jonkershoek Mountains, which also form part of the Boland mountain range. There is a plethora of hikes and kloofs to explore in the midst of staggeringly beautiful forests.
Four key rivers spring up and begin their descent from these mountains (the Eerste, Berg, Lourens, and Riviersonderend rivers), and wind their way through the rugged Jonkershoek terrain. You can also explore Assegaaibosch, another area within the reserve, which is slightly less taxing and more suited for a pleasurable little stroll and picnic.
Depending on the time of day and year, you may be lucky enough to see a variety of wildlife that includes the jackal buzzard, ground woodpecker, Cape sugarbird, orange-breasted sunbird, Cape bulbul and protea seedeater, the southern boubou, fiscal flycatcher, Cape robin-chat and forest canary. Also, keep an eye out for the Cape honey badger, baboons, klipspringer, mongoose and Cape mountain leopard.
Where: Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch