Limietberg Nature Reserve

A family-friendly camping spot tucked away in the Du Toitskloof Mountains

Limietberg is a pristine nature reserve tucked away in the Du Toitskloof Mountains, near Paarl. The reserve stretches from Franschhoek in the south, eastwards towards Groot Drakenstein, and northwards as far as Voëlvlei Dam and is a World Heritage Site.

Limietberg offers a number of beautiful hikes through steep kloofs and deep valleys. Du Toits Peak, at 1 996m, is the highest point within the reserve. Visitors can also visit the many historical sites along the trails, including ancient rock art, a disused manganese mine and the graves of convicts who helped build the Bainskloof Pass.

The reserve gets extremely hot and dry in summer, but in winter the high mountain peaks are capped with snow. When visiting Limietberg, please check the weather forecast, as hikers can get caught in unpredictable conditions and the mountainous terrain makes rescue operations difficult.

Tweede Tol is a perfect spot for picnicking, but to avoid disappointment we suggest you come early, as day visitors are limited to 120 people per day.

To find out more, and for a detailed breakdown of the campsite, download the Limietberg Nature Reserve and Tweede Tol campsite brochure and map.

How to get there

From Cape Town: Take the Klapmuts/ Wellington turn-off on N1. Turn left and drive for 20km until you get into Wellington. At the third set of traffic lights, turn left into Piet Retief Street and then right at the next set of traffic lights into Church Street. This will lead you into Bainskloof Pass towards Worcester. Tweede Tol will be on your left, about 16km from the Bainskloof Pass signboard, outside Wellington. Drive cautiously as the road through the pass is narrow.

GPS: 33 43 58.91S 19 07 16.14E

Office hours: 08:00–18:00

Tweede Tol Tel: +27 (0)21 808 5121
Emergency tel: +27 (0)82 4949 707
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190

Accommodation

Camping

  • Tweede Tol

    Only campsite accommodation is offered at Limietberg Nature Reserve. There are both standard and private sites available and caravanners are welcome.

    The Tweede Tol camp and picnic site is located at the original tollgate of the beautiful Bainskloof Pass, built in 1853. The campsite has 20 standard sites, each with its own braai area. For visitors wanting something more private, there are also six fenced-off campsites, each with its own kitchen and bathroom. The campsite is suitable for caravans, except for sites 22, 24, 25, and 26.

    For a map of the campsite, including site numbers and positions, please view our Tweede Tol campsite brochure and map.

    Sites: 26, including 6 private campsites (maximum 6 people and 2 cars per site)
    Shaded sites: Yes, some with shade, some with grass
    Power points: No
    Ablution facilities: Yes, ablution block with hot-water showers (no toilet paper provided)
    Swimming: Yes, in Wolwekloof River
    Shop on-site: No
    Firewood for sale: Yes, at gate
    Braai facilities: Yes, at each site (bring own grid)
    Pets welcome: No

    Please note:

    • Wood (R30 per bag) and toilet paper (R2 per roll) is available at the gate office.
    • Bookings must be made in advance.
    • Overnight camping rates exclude conservation fees.
    • Campers have exclusive use of the Wolwekloof River swimming holes.
    • On departure at 10:00, campers may pay the conservation day fee and move to the picnic area.
    • Please bear in mind that our grass needs to breathe – please use ground sheet nets rather than closed canvas sheets.

Activities

  • Swimming

    There are many swimming holes tucked away in the mountains, including the Witte River and Wolwekloof pools. Please ensure you have a valid permit. Note that eating, drinking and diving are not allowed at any of the swimming holes.

  • Rock art

    Visit Limietberg’s remarkable examples of San and Khoi rock art. These paintings, found in rocky overhangs and caves, vary between 300 and 6 000 years old. They are an integral part of the wilderness area’s value and we encourage you to discover them on your own. Rock art is protected by the National Monuments Act (1969) and vandals who deface rock paintings face fines of up to R10 000 and/or two years imprisonment.

  • Picnicking

    Tweede Tol is a popular picnicking spot, where day visitors can soak up the sun and play in the Witte River rock pools. This area can accommodate up to 120 visitors per day, on a first-come-first-served basis. Get there early to avoid disappointment! Gates are open from 08:00 to 18:00. Toilets are available. Please note that the hiking trails are for campers only.

  • Hiking and Walking

    Limietberg has various walks and hikes, taking you through mountain trails with stunning views, clear pools, and historic sites and monuments. Download a comprehensive map of the hiking trails at Limietberg here.

    Limietberg has a variety of hiking trails that allow visitors to explore the reserve’s pristine beauty. Please note that these trails are only for the use of campers, not picnickers. Do not deviate from footpaths or take shortcuts through the veld, as this damages the vegetation and causes erosion.

    Help us protect nature

    No pets/no firearms/no fires except in designated areas/no collecting of firewood/no littering – use the bins provided/no music, rowdiness or hooliganism.

    Permits

    Permits are available at R40 per adult and R20 per child. Permits may be purchased at the reserve office or bookings can be made through CapeNature Central Reservations.

    Trail preparation

    • Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and a hat.
    • Do not hike alone.
    • Carry enough food and water with you.
    • Make sure you know what the weather conditions are before you depart.
    • Take a warm jacket/raincoat in winter.
    • Make sure you have a relevant map of the area.
    • Take a field medical kit with you for emergencies.
    • Obey all signage.
    • Stay in a group and on the trails.

    Bobbejaans River Trail

    Trail distance: 8km
    Estimated time: 6 hours

    This scenic trail starts at the Bainskloof Corner Lodge parking area, near De Nek. It winds across the Bobbejaans River, a tributary of the Witte River. After about 3.5km, you can plunge into the river’s inviting mountain pools (remember to bring your costume). The final steep ascent leads you to a stunning three-tiered waterfall. This trail is particularly beautiful in summer when the colourful disas and giant proteas are in bloom. The Witte River is difficult to cross in winter after heavy rainfall.

    Happy Valley Trail

    Trail distance: 9km
    Estimated time: 6 hours

    This easy walk is ideal for families and beginners. It starts in Bainskloof at Eerste Tol, leading up a jeep track past the ruins of an old house and a monument commemorating the 1895 Witte River disaster. Remember to bring your costume so you can take a break and enjoy the many beautiful rock pools along the way. The secluded Junction Pools, where two rivers meet, is at the end of the route. Return on the same path. Rivers may be full in winter.

    Krom River Trail

    Trail distance: 7km
    Estimated time: 5 hours

    This easy, popular trail starts in Du Toitskloof, immediately to the left after the Worcester exit of the Huguenot Tunnel. Permit holders can park at a fenced parking area about 700m after the tunnel, on the left side of the road.

    The trail winds back towards the tunnel. A sign beneath the two bridges shows you where to go. The trail crosses the Krom and Molenaars rivers. After crossing Krom River, the vegetation becomes dense at the top end of the kloof. The path to the Krom River waterfall is about 2.5km. The last section of this path is surrounded by indigenous riverine forest.

    After the first waterfall, hikers will come to the second, truly spectacular, waterfall and large plunge pool (remember to bring your costume). Climbing between the first and second waterfalls can be tricky – we suggest that hikers carry a rope. This may be inaccessible in winter after heavy rains, when the river is difficult and dangerous to cross

    Eland River Trail

    Trail distance: 7km
    Estimated time: 5 hours

    This easy-to-moderate trail is an ideal winter’s day hike. It starts in Du Toitskloof, immediately to the left after the Worcester exit of the Huguenot Tunnel. Permit holders can park at a fenced parking area about 700m after the tunnel, on the left side of the road.

    The trail heads back towards the tunnel. A sign beneath the two bridges will show you where to go. From there, it is about 3.5km (two hours) to the boundary of the conservation area. The start of the hike is quite difficult, as the path has been cut out against a very steep slope. But it’s worth the effort – after this section the route winds along the beautiful river, with some high areas offering panoramic views of the valley.

    As the trail leads towards Fisherman’s Cave, the vegetation becomes quite dense. From this overhang, the path follows the river for another 0.5km to the boundary, before ending abruptly against steep cliffs. Please note that hikers should not go further than this point as they will be trespassing on private land. Angling is allowed with the appropriate freshwater permit.

    Rockhopper Trail

    Trail distance: 8km
    Estimated time: 6 hours

    This moderate-to-difficult trail in Bainskloof is for the fun-loving and adventurous hiker. The trail involves rock hopping, swimming and finding your own way down a boulder-strewn riverbed. Although most of the water obstacles can be avoided, hikers will have to wade through a pool near Tweede Tol.

    The trail starts at Eerste Tol in the Bainskloof Pass. It follows the Witte River and ends at the Tweede Tol picnic site, where you can enjoy a well-deserved lunch! It is a linear trail, so hikers will need a car at the start and another at the finish. The route is not open when the river is too full. Hazards include volatile weather, slippery rocks, wind and ticks.

     

  • Angling

    Limietberg offers peaceful fishing spots for freshwater angling. Please ensure you have the appropriate permit.

Location

Conservation

Limietberg Nature Reserve Conservation

Limietberg is an important water catchment for the Breede and Berg rivers, which flow through the reserve and feed the Wemmershoek, Stettynskloof, Theewaterskloof and  Voëlvlei dams.
Limietberg is covered in mountain fynbos, with some indigenous forest vegetation in the wetter areas. Alien trees, including black wattle, hakea and pine, have invaded sections of  the reserve.
The reserve is home to dassies, klipspringers, baboons, as well as the seldom-seen caracal and leopard. Two endemic birds, the Cape sugarbird and the protea canary, inhabit the area. Visitors may also spot black eagles and various other raptors. Three endemic and  increasingly threatened fish species occur in the Berg and Breede rivers. Trout was introduced to the area before the reserve was established.

Filming

Limietberg Nature Reserve Filming

Limietberg Nature Reserve forms part of the Boland mountain range and stretches from Franschhoek in the south towards Groot Drakenstein in the east and northwards as far as the Voëlvlei dam, covering an area of some 117 000 hectares.

Filming is permitted at the Tweede Tol campsite, the waterfalls, Du Toitskloof Telkom Towers and other various parts of Du Toitskloof.

See the videos below for Limietberg’s options at the Du Toitskloof Telkom Towers and Tweede Tol campsite.

16 Reviews

Please highlight the limitations of the day-pass to future visitors

Grant, Jan 8, 2018 - Limietberg Nature Reserve

I was highly disappointed, as myself and my friends were informed that there are beautiful hiking trails and waterfalls. We were informed by previous visitors that you also need to leave early morning to make the cut off to enter the place. We took a friend that came all the way from Port Elizabeth to come and visit this Nature Reserve. We drove all the way from Cape Town, stood in the line at 2am the morning, only to find out at 8am, after paying for the day visit, that the access to hiking trails and the waterfalls is only for overnight visitors. This is highly disappointing, and should be highlighted on your website, to avoid the disappointment of future visitors.

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There is no electricity, but there are heated showers available, and the outside braai is ideal for spending the evening chatting while the stars wink overhead. More details and directions to Gamkaberg can be found here. 4) Grootvadersbosch Nestled in-between a forest teeming with ancient yellowwood, stinkwood and ironwood trees, Grootvadersbosch is an oasis of green with plenty to offer, including hiking trails, mountain biking and birdwatching. Grootvadersbosch has 10 campsites. Each looks onto indigenous forest, providing many opportunities for bird watching. Communal ablution facilities are offered, as well as a thatched communal braai area with fridge, and a children’s play area/jungle gym (no children to be left unsupervised). Campsites have braai facilities, but visitors should bring their own braai grids. More details and directions to Grootvadersbosch can be found here. 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Ablution facilities and showers are close by.  There are braai facilities and the site is wheelchair friendly. More details and directions to Anysberg can be found here. 6) Kliphuis, Cederberg Kliphuis, situated on the flower route to the Biedouw valley and Wupperthal, offers a tranquil setting against the backdrop of the famous Rocklands bouldering site which is frequented by local and overseas climbing enthusiasts. The shady campsite lies in the northern section of the Cederberg reserve, in the Pakhuis Pass. The 14 sites lie on the Kliphuis River – an invitingly cool swimming spot in summer. More details and directions to Kliphuis are available here. With all of these wonderful camping options, there’s no excuse to not get away from it all this summer break. Remember to book early to avoid disappointment. 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Jacques, Mar 27, 2017 - Limietberg Nature Reserve

The place was great had a nice time with a bunch of guys. Even our neighbours were awesome. One thing that needs to be added is proper signage its very easy to get lost going to the place . But otherwise awesome experience

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