Friends of Tygerberg Hills are persons who are concerned about the environment.
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 work for the conservation of the nature reserves. 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.
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 for walks, maintenance of hiking paths and steps, fire breaks, hacking, making sign boards, construct bridges.
We cut down and removed alien vegetation such as Pine, Port Jackson, Rooikrans, certain Bluegums and other shrub alien vegetation in the reserve.
Enviro Talks and presentations in the Centre
First Tuesday of the month we present an interesting talk or presentation with an environmental flavor. Talks are advertised on tygerberghills website, on Facebook, in the local Tygerberger 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 .
Friends group Hike in Reserve
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 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. Then hike back to the Reserve Centre.
The Hackers group
The hacking team assists the management of the Reserve, taking out mostly alien vegetation and plants, pine trees, Port Jackson and Rooikrans in and around the reserve. You must be fit as we walk around and prepared to get sweaty, scratched and sometimes even wet, but that is all part of the hack.
C.R.E.W group (Custodians for Rare and Endangered Wildflowers)
We participate in the C.R.E.W program, coordinated by the National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. 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 weekly field trips.
Firing the muzzle loading cannon on the Hill
On various public holidays our fully qualified gunners fire the 12 pounder muzzle loading cannon in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve.
The cannon can also be fired for special private occasions, such as wedding day, birthday or a special event 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 Information of Friends of Tygerberg Hills:
Friends of Tygerberg Hills , PO Box 2522 , Durbanville , 7551
Secretary = Diane Johnson 083 270 8546 ,
Chairman = Dan = e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Website = Sjaak = e-mail email@example.com , 081 301 1793