Important Announcement regarding access to Phillipskop Mountain Reserve

We are making changes to visitor access to Phillipskop Mountain Reserve. These changes are necessary for us to maximise our conservation efforts, manage access to the reserve more efficiently, and ensure a better quality of experience for all those visiting the reserve.

From 1st February 2024, the privilege of hiking at Phillipskop will only be possible for those who:

  • Stay overnight in our accommodation;
  • Book a guided walk;
  • Join a volunteer alien hack; or
  • Become a Friend of Phillipskop by joining our Membership scheme

Non-members will no longer be able to visit the reserve as day visitors – unless you have booked a guided walk or are joining an alien hack. Members and overnight guests will be able to continue the enjoy access to our extensive network of hiking trails amongst Phillipskop’s beautiful fynbos. 

Staying overnight at Phillipskop is the best way for visitors to the Stanford area to access the reserve. If you would like to enjoy hiking on any of our extensive network of hiking trails amongst pristine fynbos, or who wish to visit our Rock Art and Heritage Site, the best option will be to book one our self-catering cottages and stay on the reserve. You will then be able to hike at any time of day (starting as early as you like, to beat the sun) and you will also have access to our unique natural swimming pool – the perfect place to relax after a hike!

Guided walks can also be booked by non-resident guests. These walks enable you to enjoy hiking on the reserve whilst learning more about the fynbos vegetation, as well as our Rock Art and Heritage Site. All guided walks must be booked at least 48 hours in advance. For more information see this web page.

Monthly volunteer alien hacks provide an opportunity for you to assist with the conservation work of the reserve with the benefit of being able to enjoy visiting Phillipskop free of charge (but participants need to be fit, as the hack involves a relatively strenuous hike up the mountain as well as manual clearing of non-native vegetation once we get there). Volunteer hacks take place on the first Saturday of every month, from 8:30 am until 1pm – they are great fun, and a good way to meet like-minded nature-lovers! Please contact us if you would like to join us for a hack.

Become a Friend of Phillipskop. For those who would like to support the conservation work we are doing at Phillipskop and enjoy the privilege of access to the reserve for hiking throughout the year (ideal for locals), we offer you the opportunity to join our Friends of Phillipskop Membership scheme. This will provide you with an annual permit for hiking at Phillipskop (between 8am and 5pm) all year round. Members will also be able to book our mountain hut (opening later in 2024), which will be reserved exclusively for Friends of Phillipskop and others supporting our conservation efforts. From time to time we will update our members with news from the reserve and share with you some of the ways in which Phillipskop is involved with conservation of the flora and fauna of the Klein River Mountains and fynbos biome.

There are three levels of membership on offer:

Solo Member – R420 – annual permit provides entry for the person named on the card. The card is not transferable. Accompanying persons are only possible with a Member Plus or Family Member permit.

Member Plus – R800 – annual permit provides entry for up to two named members. If either named member is visiting the reserve without the other, they may bring one guest (or two children). (See also Family Member if additional guest options are required.)

Family Member – R1250 – annual permit provides entry for up to two named members plus two guests (or four children). If there is only one named member visiting the reserve, then the additional entry can be used by a third adult (or two additional children).

Please see the dedicated page for more information and a form to download: Friends of Phillipskop.

We look forward to continuing to share this special place with our visitors and the local community, and thank you all for your support.

View from Haarkapper Peak

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