Walking in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

It was our last day in Stellenbosch and we went walking in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve. We bought a ticket and collected a brochure at the gate, drove down a somewhat rough dirt road, parked the car at this point, and set off.

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve Brochure map

Our intended route was ‘…Swartboskloof–Sosyskloof: This easy scenic route ascends along the western slopes of Swartboskloof for about 2 km, passing through a patch of beautiful indigenous forest. It then traverses along a contour to Sosyskloof before winding back to the start. 5.3 km; 2 hours; circular, or 6.9 km; 2.5 hours; circular, if longer route to lookout is taken…’. However, we misread the map and actually walked up and down Sosyskloof with a short amble on the traverse to Swartboskloof. 

Walk in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The start of the walk in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Starting to walk up Sosyskloof in Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Looking into Swartboskloof in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

In the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

In the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve In the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

Agapanthus in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The stream at the top of Sosyskloof, Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The views were spectacular!

The Jonkershoek Mountains

The Jonkershoek Mountains

There were signs of fires in the area, but the proteas were renewing themselves.

Burned trees in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

We completed the circular drive back to the entrance with frequent stops for photography!

The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

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