About us

Friends of Tygerberg Hills   are persons who are concerned about the environment.

We work for the conservation of the nature reserve. We also encourage greater public awareness of the value of the areas for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Tygerberg Hills are part of our natural heritage and home to a wide variety of plants, animals and birds. The main aim of the Friends group is to support and assist the local authorities by volunteering time and effort to assist in the maintenance of this natural asset. All the Friends activities are done in partnership with the local conservation officer.

Our Friends group was founded end of November 2002 starting with 15 members.

On the 29th of August 2005 we were registered as a Non-profit organization with the department of social development. We have also received tax exemption from SARS.

We are affiliated to Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, registered with City of Cape Town to participate in the newly established ward forums, represented on the Advisory board of Tygerberg, Durbanville and Bracken nature reserves.

Activities of the Friends ?

FoTH help the management of the reserve in every possible way. Friends can do their bit for the reserve and surroundings by raising funds to finance approved projects, organise hikes, share their knowledge with other friends and visitors, educate, train, provide technical skills and labour.

We use our skills and manual labour to maintain hiking paths, fire breaks, making sign boards, construct bridges, steps and paths.

We cut down and removed alien vegetation such as Pine, Port Jackson, Bluegum and Rooikrans and other alien vegetation in the reserve.

Enviro Talks and presentations

Every first Tuesday of the month we present an interesting talk or presentation with an environmental flavour. These talks are advertised on our website, on Facebook, in the local press as well as in our notices. The venue is the Kristo Pienaar Environmental Education Centre in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.

Enviro Talk start at 19h00 for 19h30
Non-members:  R20 donation. Friends of Tygerberg Hills membership card is Free entry .


The Friends have regular hikes in the reserve. These hikes are advertised on our website, in our notices, in the local press as well. Our hikes include the very popular sunset or full moon rise hikes for our members and paying visitors.

From 1st September 2016 we will be walking at 06h30 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

We also organize special hikes, such as our ‘wine hikes’, where we walk from the Welgemoed entrance, through the reserve to Altydgedacht wine farm for a cellar tour followed by wine tasting, cheese and bread.

The Hackers

The hacking team assists the management of the Reserve, taking out mostly alien plants, pine trees, Port Jackson and Rooikrans in and around the reserve. You must be prepared to get sweaty, scratched and sometimes even wet, but that is all part of the fun!

CREW program (Custodians for Rare and Endangered Wildflowers)

We participate in the Crew program, coordinated by the National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch. The main aim is to promote awareness of our floral kingdom in our immediate environment. We also monitor the rare and endangered plant species that occur in our surroundings. CREW holds regular field trips.

Firing the muzzle loading cannon

On various public holidays our fully qualified gunners fire the 12 pounder muzzle loading cannon next to the Sentech mast in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.

The cannon can also be fired for special private occasions, such as weddings, birthdays etc for an affordable fee to cover the gun powder used.

For more info, contact Jürg Zimmermann 083 7018496 or Neville Potgieter 021 913 4618.


Few times a year we invite the youngsters from the ULWAZI project for the physically challenged to the Tygerberg or Durbanville reserves.  It is always an eye opener for us volunteers to see the smile on the faces of these youngsters confined to their wheel-chairs, when we took them to the picnic site for sightseeing. Afterwards we wheeled them down hill to the centre where they learned about the birds and animals of the reserve, or helped decorating greeting cards and enjoyed some snacks and cool drinks.
After intensive lobbying by the Friends, the new wheel chair ramp was opened last year. Now they also have access through the main entrance to the Kristo Pienaar centre and need no more to be wheeled in through the back door.

Contact Evelyn Koopma 082 824 8281

For more information:

contact persons = Diane Johnson 0832708546 ,

Dan  e-mail  danesterhuyse@gmail.com  or   friendsofthetygerberg@gmail.com

Sjaak  e-mail  bellvillecape@yahoo.com ,

Friends of Tygerberg Hills,  PO Box 2522  Durbanville ,  7551

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Cannon firing on Monday 27 April 2015


Firing of the 12pdr muzzle loading cannon in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve on

Freedom Day 27 April 2015.

Please join “The Friends of Tygerberg Hills” at 11.40 am for firing of the 12pdr gun at Noon.

Between 53 and 56 of these guns were mounted on strategic heights to form a signal chain that extended from Salt River to Citrusdal in the North and Swellendam / Suurbraak in the East.
The purpose of this chain was to call the burghers to arms in defence of the colony. The guns fell into disuse in January 1806.
Directions: From N1 take exit 20 then along Jip de Jager. At intersection with Engen garage on right hand side, turn left into Kommissaris, then follow the brown Nature Reserve signs.
Please note that it could take approximately 15 to 20 minutes from the Nature Reserve entrance to the top of the reserve.
Non members have to pay entrance fee to the reserve.

All welcome For further info please contact Jurg at 083 701 8496 or jurgz@mweb.co.za.

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