VROLIJKHEID NATURE RESERVE
The Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve lies in the Breede River valley, about 15 km south of Robertson on the McGregor road. The landscape is rugged and strikingly scenic, with sandstone and underlying shale formations.
The vegetation of this rocky part of the Little Karoo is known as arid Robertson Karoo. Succulents dominate, with numerous dwarf trees and shrubs such as guarri, karee and melkbos, whereas grasses are scarce. Patches of mountain renosterveld are found on the higher ridges and hills, with sweet-thorn trees along the seasonal watercourses. Sheets of botterblom daisies make a splash of orange in spring.
Klipspringer, grysbok, grey rhebuck and springbok are common. Caracal (rooikat) occur here but are rarely seen.
Birds are well represented, with a total of 175 species including the jackal buzzard, African and pale chanting goshawk and the spectacular black and African fish eagle. The dams on the reserve also attract a variety of waterbirds. Amphibians and reptiles are abundant, a highlight being the rare Robertson dwarf chameleon.
Species lists are available at the reserve entrance and office.
Tourism reservations and bookings:
National callers: 0861 CAPENATURE (227 362 8873)
International callers: 0027 861 227 362 8873 / 0027 21 659 3500
For additional information please visit http://www.capenature.org.za