Vrolijkheid lives up to its name – happiness – when bright orange botterblom daisies decorate the reserve in spring.
Vrolijkheid is a striking, rugged nature reserve in the Breede River valley, about 15km south of Robertson on the road to McGregor. The rocky landscape is starkly beautiful, dominated by patches of succulents, dwarf trees and shrubs. In spring, Vrolijkheid lives up to its name –happiness – as splashes of bright orange botterblom daisies decorate the reserve.
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Cape Nature's Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve

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.


  • Picnicking
  • 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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