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Tygerberg Nature Reserve

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Tygerberg Nature Reserve lies in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. Proclaimed as a Local Authority Nature Reserve in 1973, it supports one of the last remnants of the critically endangered Swartland shale renosterveld vegetation type. The reserve covers an area of 309 hectares and boasts 562 different plant species. Of these, 23 are threatened, eight are endemic to Cape Town, and three endemic to Tygerberg itself.

The diversity of species found here is vast, with some 24 different mammal species, 137 bird species, 22 different reptiles, 7 types of frogs, and numerous different butterfly species. The view from the top of the reserve’s hill is magnificent, with a 360 degree view of the City and emphasises just how meagre the patches of natural vegetation are amid the urban sprawl. The eastern slope of the reserve consists of old ploughed fields that are in the process of being restored, while the Western slope is close to pristine Swartland shale renosterveld.

General Info

    Formal name:

    Tygerberg Nature Reserve

    Web links:

    http://www.capetownmagazine.com/tygerberg-nature-reserve
    http://www.capetown.travel/attractions/entry/Tygerberg_Nature_Reserve
    http://www.safarinow.com/destinations/plattekloof/NatureReserves/Tygerberg-Nature-Reserve.aspx
    http://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/westerncape/tygerberg-nature-reserve/

    Web links with UA facilities:

    http://www.capetownmagazine.com/tygerberg-nature-reserve

    Tourism products and facilities offered:

    There are about 13km of trails through the Tygerberg ranging from short (perfect if you’ve got small kids and want to get them used to walking) to longer routes that stretch from one end of the reserve to the other. There are two entrances; Plattekloof and Welgemoed, with the majority of the trails starting at the latter. There is also a wheelchair trail that runs from the picnic area. All the trails are well marked and you can pick up a map at the office when you arrive. The paths all join up and intersect with one another so tailor the walk to your needs or just set off and take whatever path looks the most appealing.

    Facilities indoor vs outdoor:

    98% Outdoor, 2% indoor

    Shaded or covered areas:

    Yes

    Accrediting agencies:

    Yes

    Tactile warning systems at vehicular crossings:

    Yes

    Signage indicating alternative access:

    Yes

    Public transport:

    Yes

    Public transport has low floor entry vehicles:

    Yes

    Accessible parking:

    Yes

    Number of accessible parking bays:

    Private vehicles are not allowed to enter the reserve. Ample parking is provided at the reserve entrances.

    On prior arrangement vehicles are allowed to enter the reserve ONLY to drop off disabled visitors with their wheelchairs. The vehicle needs to be parked outside the reserve in the designated parking after drop off and may enter again for pick up.

    Parking distance to nature reserve:

    At the entrance

    Accessible without having to negotiate any stairs or inclined paths:

    Yes

    Tactile warning or guidance system associated with ramps:

    No

    Security control at the entrance:

    Yes

    Intercom communication or push button at the entrance:

    Yes

    size of button:

    About the size of a door bell, located inside the gatehouse. Staff on duty will open the electric gate for visitor/s after entrance fee is paid/membership card was shown.

    size of button and location:

    About the size of a door bell, located inside the gatehouse. Staff on duty will open the electric gate for visitor/s after entrance fee is paid/membership card was shown.

    Visual indication that system has been activated:

    No

    Type of entrance door:

    Manual

    Clear opening width of the gate or first opening leaf of the entrance door:

    +- 1m x 1.5m (a bit bigger than an average door)
    Main gate is big enough for 1 vehicle to pass through.

    Security control or intercom communication or push button systems at the entrance:

    Gatehouse: no
    Offices/eco centre: no

    Type of entrance door:

    Gatehouse: electric operated main gate for vehicles - automatic
    electric operated visitor entrance gate - manual

    Offices/eco centre: manual

    Clear opening width of the gate or first opening leaf of the entrance door:

    Gatehouse: Main gate big enough for 1 vehicle to enter at a time
    Small visitor entrance gate +-1mx1.5m
    Offices/eco centre: Standard door / double doors

    Door handles fitted to gate or door:

    Gatehouse: N/A
    Offices/ eco centre: leaver

    Door handles location above floor:

    +-1m

    Glass panels in the door:

    Offices/eco centre: Yes, frame separation

    Floor finish:

    Offices/ eco centre: wood

    Floor finish shiny or smooth:

    Offices/ eco centre: yes

    Floor finish slippery when wet:

    offices/ eco centre: no

    Reception desk height:

    No reception after entrance at gatehouse.

    Background noise in the building:

    No

    Communication aids available at the reception desk:

    None

    Casual seating:

    Yes, benches at gatehouse

    Chair height:

    +- 0.5m

    Chair with arm rests:

    No

    Clear signage in the building indicating the location of facilities including toilets:

    Yes

    Height of the lettering and symbols on the signage:

    Depends, mostly at eye level when standing +-1.5m

    Colour of the lettering and signage:

    White on green

    Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities:

    yes

    Wheelchair accessible toilet facilities signage:

    Yes

    Other workstations where visitors might need to sit:

    No

    Other information available:

    Info on reserve like hiking map
    insave alien info
    etc

    Available in:

    Pamphlet

    Available in large text format:

    No

    Available in braille:

    No

    Available in voice format:

    No

    Staff that have received specialized training to provide universal access support to visitors:

    No

    Staff with sign language capability:

    No

    Loop systems installed in the building:

    No

    Type of product, facility or offering:

    Walks/hiking
    Picnic area
    Environmental education programmes (Eco centre)

    Access to the PFO:

    Walks/hiking: from main gate
    Picnic area: through walking trail
    Eco centre: eco centre

    Distance from the main entrance to PFO:

    Walks/hiking: First trail nearest to entrance +-5m from gate
    Picnic area: +-200m to nearest from gate
    Eco centre: +- 10m from entrance gate

    Facility Signage:

    Walks/hiking: Map provided at gate, paths clearly marked
    Picnic area: Map provided at gate, paths clearly marked
    Eco centre: clearly marked

    Access by car:

    Walks/hiking: No private vehicles allowed to enter reserve UNLESS to drop off disabled person/s.
    Picnic area: No private vehicles allowed to enter reserve UNLESS to drop off disabled person/s.
    Eco centre: no, parking outside reserve

    Access by other motorized vehicle:

    Walks/hiking: no
    Picnic area: no
    Eco centre: no

    Access by pedestrian pathway:

    Walks/hiking: yes
    Picnic area: yes
    Eco centre: yes

    Paved or surfaced:

    Walks/hiking: Main road paved, wheelchair path layed with thick rubber cover, others not surfaced.

    PFO access for persons using a wheelchair, walker, or crutches :

    Walks/hiking: Not all
    Picnic area: yes
    Eco centre: Yes

    support system:

    No

    Accessible to person who has limited or no sight :

    No. No railings on pathways, pathways may be slippery when wet (indicated with signage), pathways may be uneven due to erosion

    Sight support system:

    No

    Accessible to person who has limited or no hearing:

    Yes

    Hearing support system:

    No

    Facilities indoor vs outdoor:

    98% Outdoor, 2% indoor

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