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      This nature reserve is home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains and parts of the Jonkershoek valley. The reserve, which includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, lies near the town of Stellenbosch in the south-western Cape. Visitors may choose to explore one or both reserves, as they are in easy reach of each other. The reserves are about 9km from Stellenbosch, on the Jonkershoek valley road.

      The rugged Jonkershoek Mountains, which form part of the Boland Mountains, are ideal for hiking enthusiasts. The Eerste, Berg, Lourens and Riviersonderend rivers all start high in these mountains, although only the Eerste River actually flows through the Jonkershoek valley. The area is also rich in animal and plant life, with over 1 100 plant species and a variety of small mammals, birds and reptiles. Hikers should be on the lookout for berg adders, puff adders, boomslang and Cape cobras.

      The reserve is about 9 800 hectares, while Assegaaibosch is about 204 hectares. The smaller reserve is home to the historical Assegaaibosch farmstead, a national monument built in 1792, while both reserves are World Heritage Sites.

      Jonkershoek is hot in summer, and cold and wet in winter. Visitors in the colder months may even see snow dusting the higher mountain peaks. Hikers should note that weather conditions can change rapidly.
      Access Info:
      Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is accessed through the Jonkershoek MTO Forest gate on the Jonkershoek Valley Road.The hiking trails can be accessed from the parking area at the end of the Sirkel Pad which runs through the Jonkerhoek MTO Forest property.
      Disclaimer:
      Trail permits can be purchased at the Jonkershoek MTO Forest gate on Jonkershoek Valley Road
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      Region Details
      37 hike trails

      Region Status
      Open as of May 12, 2024

      Hike Stats

      Global Ranking
      #6,686
      State Ranking
      #100
      Trails (view details)
      37
      Trails Mountain Bike
      2
      Trails E-Bike
      6
      Trails Hike
      37
      Trails Trail Running
      36
      Total Distance
      28 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      10 miles
      Total Descent
      10,922 ft
      Total Vertical
      3,829 ft
      Reports
      21
      Photos
      83
      Ridden Counter
      119

      Photos of Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

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      Nov 14, 2023 @ 8:45am
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      Apr 18, 2022 @ 12:07pm
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      Apr 18, 2022 @ 12:07pm
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      Apr 16, 2022 @ 1:28pm
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      Feb 11, 2022 @ 7:26am
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      Feb 11, 2022 @ 7:26am
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      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Top Contour Trail to Berg River Neck
      Apr 13, 2024 @ 8:52am
      Apr 13, 2024
      IdealTrail Running Eastern side fairly overgrownjanlouisdt
      Road to Langrivier
      Apr 13, 2024 @ 12:19am
      Apr 13, 2024
      IdealTrail Running janlouisdt
      Mountain club to Volstruiskloof Cave and Abseil Waterfall
      Apr 15, 2023 @ 4:11am
      Apr 15, 2023
      IdealhCb3aj
      Bethlehem Sky Traverse
      Mar 19, 2023 @ 7:53am
      Mar 19, 2023
      VariableMountain Bike Apart from the river crossings and a few...gharvett
      Climb to Panorama Route from Ring Road
      Oct 7, 2022 @ 3:45pm
      Oct 7, 2022
      IdealJacobarry
      Dragoon Peak From 1st buttress to top
      Feb 11, 2022 @ 7:10am
      Feb 11, 2022
      DryOver the last month or so, we've been...MrWayne111
      Duiwelskloof
      Dec 10, 2020 @ 12:24am
      Dec 10, 2020
      DryThe section from Banhoek Conservancy to...lloydbelton
      Eikenhof Piek Trail
      Aug 2, 2020 @ 9:48am
      Aug 2, 2020
      Dry Little to no trail and very cairns....lloydbelton

      Activity Feed

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      ikendothisaddtrailactivity #55818847
      Jul 18, 2024 @ 6:20am
      Jul 18, 2024
      ikendothisaddtrailactivity #55696233 and 6 more
      Jul 15, 2024 @ 12:57pm
      Jul 15, 2024
      ikendothisupdatetrailactivity #55695531 and 1 more
      Jul 15, 2024 @ 12:38pm
      Jul 15, 2024
      ikendothisaddpoiactivity #55693427 and 3 more
      Jul 15, 2024 @ 11:47am
      Jul 15, 2024
      ikendothisaddtrailactivity #55688398 and 7 more
      Jul 15, 2024 @ 9:54am
      Jul 15, 2024

      Recent Comments

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      lXfHiztrailDuiwelskloofBirthday
      Aug 19, 2023 @ 9:48am
      Aug 19, 2023
      MrWayne111trailCathedral Cave to VolstruiskloofCompletely agree with the above post...another...
      Apr 18, 2022 @ 11:57am
      Apr 18, 2022
      JoshelwoodtrailDragoon Peak First ButtressLovely view. Plenty of space to sit and have...
      Apr 16, 2022 @ 1:55pm
      Apr 16, 2022
      JoshelwoodtrailDragoon Peak TrailVery windy going up that channel between the...
      Apr 16, 2022 @ 1:53pm
      Apr 16, 2022
      JoshelwoodtrailMountain club to Volstruiskloof Cave and Abseil WaterfallFirst half of the path from the old mountain...
      Apr 16, 2022 @ 1:52pm
      Apr 16, 2022

      Nearby Riding Areas

      namedistance
      MTO Jonkershoek 1 26 6 24.2 km
      Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve 74.8 km
      Franschoek Wine Valley Trails 3 17 16.6 km
      Banhoek Conservancy Trails 16 13 16.8 km
      Bethlehem Plaas 9 8 17 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike23 miles787 ft1 mile774 ft
      641641
      E-Bike614 miles4,068 ft5 miles2,841 ft
      147
      Hike3728 miles10,922 ft10 miles3,829 ft
      #6,686#100832160
      Trail Running3628 miles9,760 ft9 miles3,829 ft
      #6,686#9832132
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