Vrolijkheid is a striking, rugged nature reserve in the Breede River valley near McGregor. The rocky landscape is beautiful and the
vegetation is known as Robertson Karoo. Succulents dominate including numerous dwarf trees and shrubs such as guarre, karee and melkbos. Patches of mountain renosterveld are found on the higher ridges and hills and sweet-thorn trees along the seasonal watercourses. In spring, Vrolijkheid lives up to its name - happiness - as splashes of bright orange bottereblom daisies decorate the reserve! Grasses are scarce in this arid area which has extremely high temperatures from November to March.
How to get there:
From Cape Town: Take the N1 highway for about 110km towards Worcester. At Worcester turn right onto the R60 towards Robertson. At Robertson turn right towards McGregor and about 13km from Robertson on the road to McGregor you will find the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve on you left. Vrolijkheid is about 170km from Cape Town and is a scenic 2 hour drive.
The following activities can be done at Vrolijkheid:
The Heron Trail - easy 3km walk that takes about an hour to complete. The route follows fairly flat terrain to two dams, each with an attractive bird hide. The latest additions to the trail is a new boardwalk and bird
hide that is wheelchair friendly as well as a braille trail on part of the trail.
The Rooikat Trail - 19km circular trail that winds through the Elandsberg mountains, offering scenic views of the Robertson landscape,
the Langeberg and the Riviersonderend mountains. The route is fairly strenuous and takes 7 to 8 hours to complete. Hikers must carry their own water (2 liters or more per person) and sturdy hiking boots are recommended.
Vrolijkheid also has an 8km mountain bike trail that meanders through a section of the reserve and takes about an hour to complete.
There is also a nice shady picnic site at the reserve entrance with toilet facilities.
Contact the Vrolijkheid Office for more information - 023 6251 621
Office hours: 7:30am - 4:00pm