Vrolijkheid lives up to its name – happiness
The vegetation in this area of the Little Karoo is known as Robertson Karoo vegetation, with guarri, karee and melkbos shrubs, patches of mountain renosterveld and sweet-thorn trees. Grasses are scarce in this arid area, which has extremely high temperatures from November to March every year.
Vrolijkheid has five self-catering accommodation options, each sleeping up to eight people, and fully equipped inside, with a braai area outside each, as well as jacuzzi’s in two of the units, and a pool in one of the units.
- Mountain biking
- Hiking and Walking
- Bird watching
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve Conservation
The Robertson Karoo vegetation in Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve is endemic to this area. Vrolijkheid is home to klipspringer, grysbok, grey rhebok and springbok. Caracal are also found on the reserve, but these shy cats are rarely seen. There are a total of 175 bird species, including the jackal buzzard, the African and pale chanting goshawk, and the black and African fish eagles. The dams on the reserve also attract a variety of water birds. Vrolijkheid has an abundance of frogs and reptiles, including the rare Robertson dwarf chameleon.
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Did you know? Marloth Nature Reserve is named after the pioneer botanist Dr Rudolph Marloth who, in 1928, successfully lead a deputation of Swellendam residents to petition the Minister of Lands and Forestry to set aside a part of the mountain (190 hectares) as a nature reserve. Today, the reserve is 14 123 hectares in extent and is managed together with another 16 532 hectares of privately owned, proclaimed mountain catchment land. Marloth was designated a World Heritage Site in 2015 and is the perfect base from which to explore the Swellendam Hiking Trail. Photo by Alex and Juanita Aitkenhead Photography. #CapeNature20