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.
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: 087 087 8250
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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 are available at R50 per adult and R30 per child. Permits may be purchased at the reserve office or bookings can be made through CapeNature Central Reservations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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This is the most magical setting imaginable. Beautiful breathtaking Bainskloof Pass.
The staff were most helpful and extremely friendly. Very clean surroundings and amazing swimming.
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