Vrolijkheid lives up to its name – happiness – when bright orange botterblom daisies decorate the reserve in spring

Vrolijkheid is a striking, rugged nature reserve in the Breede River valley, about 15km south of Robertson on the road to McGregor. The rocky landscape is starkly beautiful, dominated by patches of succulents, dwarf trees and shrubs. In spring, Vrolijkheid lives up to its name –happiness – as splashes of bright orange botterblom daisies decorate the reserve.

The vegetation in this area of the Little Karoo is known as Robertson Karoo vegetation, with guarri, karee and melkbos shrubs, patches of mountain renosterveld and sweet-thorn trees. Grasses are scarce in this arid area, which has extremely high temperatures from November to March every year.

Vrolijkheid has five new self-catering accommodation options, each sleeping up to eight people, and fully equipped inside, with a braai area outside each, as well as jacuzzi’s in two of the units, and a pool in one of the units.

To find out more, download the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve map & brochure.

The map and brochure for the Boesmanskloof Trail between McGregor and Greyton can be downloaded here.

How to get there

From Cape Town: Take the N1 highway towards Paarl and travel for about 110km. Turn right onto the R60 and then left onto Robertson Road. Continue along this road and then turn right onto Reitz Street. About 13km further along, you will find the entrance gates of the reserve. This route is about 171km and should take about two hours.

GPS: 33 55 3.84 S  19 52 39.04 E

Office hours: 07:30–16:00

Tel: +27 (0)23 625 1621
Emergency tel: +27 (0)82 496 2448
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190