Tulbagh Waterfall Hiking Trails

Tulbagh Waterfall Hiking Trails

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A Quaint Little Town on the Edge of the City

Situated an hour and a half from the city, Tulbagh is a great little weekend getaway spot. The town’s name comes from Ryk Tulbagh, a Dutch Cape Colony Governor. It lies in the “Land van Waveren” mountain basin. The area is encircled by mountains on three sides and the Klein Berg River plus its off-shoots meander through the landscape.

The town is roughly 300 years old, started by a group of Dutch and Huguenot settlers, commissioned by the Dutch Colonial Government to develop the area. In 1699 the region was given the name “Land van Waveren” by Willem Adriaan van der Stel. It was to honour the Oetgens van Waveren family, the descendants of his mother.

Till this day the town features many Cape Dutch buildings, as well as Victorian and Edwardian houses. The Oude Kerk dates back to 1743. You can also visit the original colonial Magistrate’s complex called Oude Drosdy.


Exploring the Nature in the Area

The Waterval Nature Reserve has many little pools and waterfalls to explore. The best time to go hiking in this area, is during the winter months (June to August) to see the waterfalls in their full glory. It is located just outside the town borders, perfect for a quick day trip if you are staying in Tulbagh.

You will need to purchase a permit of R10 to gain access to the reserve. Acquire these at the tourism office in Tulbagh. Opening hours, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm. But it’s a small town, so the opening hours tend to be flexible. Rather phone ahead to check if they are open, or buy your permits a day before the time. Please note, no dogs allowed.

Tulbagh Waterfall Hiking Trails

The permit will include a map of the area, including the waterfalls and rock pools. Access to some of the waterfalls require a bit of scrambling, so ensure everyone in your hiking party is fit enough for this.

Tulbagh Tourism contact number (023) 230 1375 | Click here for directions.

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