Where to Stay
What to Do
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.
Some 102 000 ha of fynbos-covered mountain slopes, challenging cliffs, and indigenous river valleys make up the Limietberg Nature Reserve. It stretches from Franschhoek in the south, to the Klein Drakenstein mountains in the east and the Elandsberge in the north, and forms part of the greater Boland mountain range. The area is an important water catchment for the Breede and Berg Rivers. The catchment also feeds the Wemmershoek, Stettynskloof and Brandvlei dams.
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 and dangerous conditions.
Small antelope, baboon and the occasional caracal and leopard occur. You may also be lucky enough to spot endemic birds such as the Cape sugarbird and the protea canary, as well as the majestic black eagle. Three endemic fish species are increasingly threatened by alien trout fish that were introduced prior to the establishment of the reserve.
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 below.
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.
Bainskloof Pass will be accessible to the public from 15th June 2022. Construction activities will continue in the Pass until the end of June 2022 with stop- and- go system in place. Motorists should expect delays. The estimated completion date of the project is the end of June 2022.
The Bainskloof pass is closed from the Wellington side and is only accessible from the Worcester/ Wolseley R43 side. The best route traveling from Cape Town through Paarl through the Huguenot tunnel to Worcester approximately 15 Km turn right toward Rawsonville( Landmark Weight bridge on the left corner) carry on straight (Landmark Wine farm on the right) turn left onto the Slanghoek route and keep straight until you reach the end of the route turn left onto the R43 direction towards Ceres approximately 3 km turn left onto R301 Bainkloof pass keep straight until reached Tweede Tol on the right and side.
Office hours: 08h00–16h00
Please report to reception on arrival. Check-in times for overnight guests, are strictly: 14h00 to 16h00. Note that the Covid-19 related check–in takes at least 15 minutes per guest group.
Tweede Tol Tel: +27 (0)87 087 4145
Limietberg office Tel : +27 (0)21 871 1535
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: 087 087 8250
Camping from R170 per night and overnight hiking from R130 per night. River rafting, picnicking and day hikes from R50.
Day Access = R50; Overnight fee = R40
Day Access = R30; Overnight fee = R20
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.