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Silvermine Nature Reserve
Silvermine Nature Reserve

Silvermine Nature Reserve

Cape Town, South Africa

The Basics

The Silvermine Nature Reserve is well known for its fynbos ecosystem, a heathland of unique indigenous plants that extends throughout South Africa’s Western Cape. It's a popular spot for Cape Town residents to picnic, hike, mountain bike, or simply enjoy the scenery on a sunny day. One end of the reserve has some interesting caves to explore, and guided hiking tours of the reserve are available from Cape Town.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Silvermine Nature Reserve is a must-visit for nature lovers and hikers.

  • Hiking in Silvermine Nature Reserve is less strenuous than walking up Table Mountain.

  • There is an admission fee to enter the reserve.

  • Facilities include picnic tables and barbecue areas.

  • The boardwalk around the reservoir is wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

Silvermine Nature Reserve is roughly a 50-minute drive from Cape Town’s city center. There are two entry points, both with parking areas. No public transportation can get you there, so if you don’t have a car, booking a guided tour is recommended.

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When to Get There

Set out for Silvermine Nature Reserve early in the morning if you wish to embark on a hike—it can get uncomfortably hot around midday. The reserve opens from 7am to 6pm in summer and 8am to 5pm in winter.

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Bird-Watching

Keen bird-watchers should bring their binoculars and look out for orange-breasted and malachite sunbirds, rock kestrels, kites, jackal and common buzzards, and peregrine falcons. With luck you may also spot a Verreaux’s (or “black”) eagle. The variety of habitats in the reserve means that many different bird species thrive here.

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