Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch

Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch

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The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve lies in the Jonkershoek Valley, approximately 10 kilometers south-east of the town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. The reserve includes the smaller Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve and together it covers a total area of approximately 11,000 hectares.

The name Jonkershoek comes from the 17th-century owner of one of the freeholds that Simon van der Stel issued in the valley. Jan Andriessen, also known as Jan de Jonkheer. He named his grant of land the Jonkershoek Valley.

This nature reserve is home to the majestic Jonkershoek Mountains, which form part of the Boland Mountains. With their peaks and never-ending kloofs, these mountains provide a rugged hiking terrain, making it a must-visit destination for hiking enthusiasts. Jonkershoek also offers wonderful opportunities for walking, driving, and cycling. The Assegaaibosch, on the other hand, is home to the historical Assegaaibosch farmstead. It is more popular for picnics and a light stroll.

Jonkershoek, Stellenbosch

The Jonkershoek Nature Reserve is also home to over 1 100 plant species, including endemic fynbos. A variety of small mammals, birds, and reptiles frequent the reserve. With rich animal life, sprawling mountains and lush fynbos dominating the landscape — it is no wonder that Jonkershoek belongs to the list of  World Heritage Sites.