Welbedacht Game & Nature Reserve
Just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town, situated in the Tulbagh Valley, Welbedacht Nature Reserve offers an idyllic country retreat.
Enjoy game viewing, walking the nature trails, bird watching, fishing or swimming in the dam. For mountain bikers there are several single tracks on Welbedacht connecting to neighbouring farms and beyond.
Close by are guided horse trails which meander through orchards and vineyards. While here you can explore the historic town of Tulbagh with its beautiful architecture and a range of restaurants and vineyards. With its spectacular valley views and the majestic surrounding mountains, a visit to Welbedacht is bound to be a memorable and relaxing experience.
Our Activities include:
Walk the nature trails: There are several marked walking trails which meander through the fynbos, rhenosterveld and wetland areas of the reserve. The trails vary from 15 minutes to 2 hours.
Go mountain biking: There are many different trails and tracks for mountain bikers and these are maintained and managed by the newly established Tulbagh Mountain Bike Club. Trails on Welbedacht are free to use for our mountain biking guests – additional outside trails are available for which a permit can be obtained from the Tulbagh MTB Club. Explore the labyrinth: This unique labyrinth is beautifully integrated into its environment, a forest of blue gum trees, and is a wonderful space to feel a sense of connection with nature.
Swim in the dam: There is a large dam for swimming which is within walking distance of all units. The dam is surrounded by lush brush and trees and an abundance of bird life.
Fishing: There is a second dam inside the conservancy which is stocked with wide mouth Bass and Tilapia.
View the wild life: A large variety of fauna inhabit the reserve; from pole cats, caracal and cape fox to numerous buck species. The additional 15 hectare conservancy on Welbedacht is home to herds of springbok, bontebok and zebra and forms part of a program for re-introduction of game.
Go birding: From tall, leafy trees that provide shelter, to the fynbos with its vast variety of plant life, and the savannah wetland grasses that provide an abundant food source for dozens of species of raptors and hundreds of other species, Welbedacht is a haven for birds and bird watchers alike.
Go horse riding: Just 5 minutes drive from Welbedacht, on one of our neighbouring farms, you can ride through farmland and orchards, or a little further afield you can explore specially created mountain trails with magnificent views of the mountains and valley. All levels of riders are welcome. Booking details will be referred.
Take in the historic town of Tulbagh: 10 minutes’ drive from Welbedacht is the historic town of Tulbagh. Take a stroll down Church Street which boasts a wealth of Cape Dutch Architecture, several restaurants and stores, a museum and monuments. Olive groves, vineyards and orchards can be found in the surrounding areas, making Tulbagh a delight for fruit and wine lovers.
Just rest & relax: Here, away from the hustle and bustle of living, you may just find that all you long for is a book and a quiet, shady spot. You may wish to find a peaceful nook, let go of all distractions and immerse yourself in the immense beauty of the surrounding nature.