Limietberg Nature Reserve

Limietberg Nature Reserve, Paarl: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Limietberg Nature Reserve Reviews: 2.5/5

Limietberg Nature Reserve
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Charmaine_Gower
Cape Town Central, South Africa28 contributions
Disappointing
Feb 2020
After much research and excitement we journeyed to Limietberg Nature Reserve after work last weekend. The mountains and surroundings are breathtakingly beautiful which increased my eagerness to arrive and explore. The campsite was clean and tidy. I found 1 tick and fortunately no others. My excitement was shattered when I discovered that there was absolutely NO water pressure AT ALL in the shower/bath/basin the whole weekend - I had to "shower" with a face cloth and a trickle of cold water. The baboons are an absolute hazard - they are brazen and scary. The hiking trail is not clearly marked or maintained which left us scratched and bruised.

I will not be returning.
Written February 10, 2020
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ANortje
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Tweede Tol Limietberg Nature Reserve - Disappointing and Mismanaged
Jan 2020
If you are looking for tranquil and quiet campsite avoid Tweede Tol.

Recently booked a private campsite for the family, utterly disappointed with the overall state of the facility and the reserve.

Upon arrival the gate controller is happy to share everything that is not working, no hot water, no wood, struggling water pressure and casually shares that “you can send an email to head office” like he is regurgitating the same sad news for the 100th time.

The campsite was dirty, bins hadn’t been emptied, there was plastic, charcoal and food waste items lying around and we had to resort to asking the staff for a broom and rake to clean the site ourselves before setting up camp. The staff happily standing by watching us clean. The wooden deck area was badly damaged which makes it tricky to place tents without causing damage to your tent.

Serious baboon problem because there is no waste management. It took 4 days before any of the dustbins were emptied, the amount of rubbish in and around the camp area is disgusting. Bins were overflowing, the amount of rubbish lying around is simply unacceptable.

Low water pressure is an understatement, no water would be more accurate. Trying to use the other ablution facilities to compensate left one cold due to the filthy state they were in.

The staff accommodation opposite the private camp site had a fair amount of visitors over the weekend with raucous and lengthy goodbyes, cars hooting as they leave at 19:30 on a Sunday evening.

None of the rules on the Cape Nature info sheet are being adhered to let alone enforced by the staff. Music was playing, waste and rubbish seems to be the order of the day, I also seriously question that the picnic area is being limited to the prescribed 120 people per day.

The state and site management at Tweede Tol is a far cry from the pristine and tranquil breakaway that they advertise.
Written January 29, 2020
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butt80
Cape Town48 contributions
Tweede Toll - Badly Run
Jan 2020
My husband and I have just returned from a weekend at Tweede Tol campsite and stayed in a private campsite - we cannot believe how badly run this campsite is. According to the Cape Nature website a maximum of 6 people and two cars is allowed per site – this is certainly not the case. The campsite behind us had at least 5 cars about 12 people staying there in 4 tents. They kept us up on Saturday night with all of their noise – which did not stop all day.

There was also music pumping throughout the night and was still playing when we left for our hike the following morning.

When we checked in we weren’t asked to pay a conservation fee – we have a Wild Card so this would not have been an issue. I am not sure the conservation fee payment is being enforced.

The 10am departure time is certainly not enforced with people staying on their campsites until after 5pm.

On Sunday evening it was a lot quieter after everyone had left at around 5h30pm/6pm.

On Monday morning while we were packing up the staff were dropped off and created such a noise that my husband had to ask them to keep quiet. Our neighbours, with a baby, were still trying to sleep!

This was hardly the relaxing experience we were hoping for. The impression we received was that the staff knew everyone that was staying there and they could do whatever they liked!
Written January 16, 2020
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Jacolien Y
Paarl, South Africa375 contributions
The Hike- needs serious attention
Mar 2019 • Couples
We have walked the hiking trail in the reserve in 2016 and again today. It is really SAD how little Cape Nature did or does to do even the basics. I refer to the non existent, faded, unclear tiny little spray painted foot prints that indicate the route. It has been was still today a matter of may be we are on the right track. ALL they need to do is to insure clear markings... the trail is in a beautiful location. Bring at least 1.5liter water per person as it is ling hike to the waterfall, more or less 90 minutes non stop walking. It is fairly easy to walk here and there challenging areas with narrow raised paths. Bring a hat and proper shoes. The hike is mostly in the sun.
Written March 21, 2019
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Chuckmyster
Somerset West, South Africa140 contributions
Magical Waterfall
Jan 2019 • Friends
Hiking the Kromriver Trail here is magical. You follow the river bank all the way up to a waterfall. From this waterfall you can climb the 10 metre cliffs using the metal chain (not for the faint hearted like me) and once on top another 2 minutes later you come out to a beautiful large fresh water pool with a waterfall that is very high.
I have done this hike twice now in the last 2 months and both times snakes have been spotted.
R60 permits need to be purchased prior to hiking as it is limited to a certain amount of hikers per day
Written January 7, 2019
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TravelerWeimersA
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa170 contributions
Hiking exploration
Jan 2018 • Friends
We hiked up the happy valley trail from the eerste tol gate this time and was pleasantly surprised at the layout of the trail. Despite the fact that we are facing a drought in the cape the trail still had some water which was clean enough to swim in (sadly no longer drinkable as it used to be). Lots of rocks and caves to climb through make this a mildly challenging and exciting experience. 2km into the trail gets you to a large rock pool where you can expect to find swimmers and people picnicking. Beautiful pool. Visitors however can become rowdy, blasting music and littering. We saw a group of people whose dog (yes a dog) even peed into the pristine rock pool whilst people where swimming- totally disgusting. The place is serene and safer than other trails near to the city, but expect that the place can attract people with a disregard for the landscape. There were no officials around checking permits despite us having bought before hand. I would however try the other trails in future.
Written January 30, 2018
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Not The Domestic Goddess
Somerset West38 contributions
Beautiful Nature, Terrible Litter
Feb 2017 • Family
Always on the look out for gorgeous camping spots, we popped in to Tweede Tol Campsite on our way back from River Edge, it has so much potential, the sites are close together but pretty and while there is no river as such, there are splashing holes as they say and apparently beautiful swimming holes with waterfalls if you are prepared to go walking a way.
The ablutions are depressing but what was the worst is the litter left behind by the weekend campers. I couldn't believe that human beings would spoil something with so much natural beauty in such a disrespectful way. It just makes me wonder who my fellow camping neighbours would be. So sad.
Written February 20, 2017
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induction2015
Haenertsburg, South Africa4 contributions
Cape Nature Customer Service Deplorable
Dec 2016 • Family
In September 2016 I made two bookings for December 2016, with Cape Nature, viz.Limietberg and Grootvaderbosch. Regrettably, the Limietberg Reserve left a lot to be desired with an unsatisfactory camp site(that was changed by them, even though I had specifically requested a shady site) Ablutions were filthy and looked like they came straight out of a correctional service with grey building and everything in stainless steel).I sent two emails on arrival advising unsuitability, and requested the refund which was an option as per Natasha when she called me on 20th December, to change the site. I held on for over 46 minutes on Friday 23rd December, waiting to be attended to, and eventually put the phone down, since no ways can you be kept waiting for so long for the phone to be answered. I sent them a screen shot of the call too! I even called the 021 4830000 after googling their website. Also no reply at all, and this is during their peak season?????To date, I am still waiting to be contacted by a consultant!

We regularly use our San Parks, and the customer service is FAR superior to what I have encountered with Cape Nature, and regrettably, I have only ever made two bookings with Cape Nature(being from Limpopo Province).

Both bookings were dissatisfactory. The reservation at Grootvaderbosch (location is lovely) but when we arrived to check in, very very apprehensively after the Limietberg episode, and non-customer service; Deslyn at reception, advises us that the campsite is totally unsuitable for caravans, and we cannot even get to site 9 which was booked for us, with the caravan. Fortunately due to a non-show, he could give us one of the top sites and we could access the power from there. None of the campsites had water at the taps, due to upgrade, and the ablution block, whilst absolutely beautiful and clean, also had no water at various times, and we had to go and look for someone to come and switch on the water and the geysers.

Now, this is not what one expects when you have paid R2205.00 for your camping holiday.

I called the offices on Cape Nature on Tuesday 10th January 2017, and forwarded all correspondence, and again there has been no feedback whatsoever from Cape Nature. I will stick with San Parks resorts in the future, since they provide customer service. Since Cape Nature are linked on Wild Card, I expected the same standard of service.
A very dissatisfied first time client.
Written January 17, 2017
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TravelerWeimersA
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa170 contributions
Limietberg Nature Reserve is something outa a "Disney" scene...
Nov 2016 • Friends
This site is ideal for campers seeking retreat from city life... even if that city is glorious Cape Town... Families and friends who possess a deep respect and love for natural wildlife will find this outing to be an absolute treat! Located in the serene Tweede Tol, views are breathtaking throughout the region. Once up there however, a lack of food can only be remedied by asking your friendly neighbor for a helping hand out (so pack well!) and hiking trails are not for the average newbie/faint of heart...
Written November 27, 2016
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