Heuningberg Nature Reserve: Bredasdorp Mountain Hot

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The Heuningberg Nature Reserve lies on the slopes of Bredasdorp and consists of mountain fynbos that hosts a wide variety of flowers and bird species that make excellent photographic subjects.

Within very easy walking distance of the Bredasdorp town, the nature reserve has a good network of  paths that criss cross the slopes while also giving excellent views over the town and surrounding crop lands. Differing flowering species occur throughout the year and include the localized Bredasdorp Lilly.



Best Time to Photograph
Early morning and late afternoon provide the best lighting conditions for flower photography. Although flowers can be found throughout the year late spring is generally the best time for a large variety.
Type of Photography
  • Birds
  • Flowers
Best Time of Year
  • Spring
  • Throughout the year
Photographic Tips
Early mornings are generally better for floral photography before the wind starts blowing. Some flower species flower only for very short periods and so repeated trip must be undertaken on a regular basis.
Recommended Gear
Macro, wide-angled zoom and medium length zoom lenses on a tripod with cable release are best for flower photography. Long telephoto lenses are best for photographing the endemic fynbos birds. A reflector is also useful for lighting flowers.


Season and Weather
Bredasdorp has dry summers and wet winters with mild temperatures.
Other Activities
  • Birding
  • Walking & Hiking


Closest Town
Getting There
From the town centre, head towards the Bredasdorp High School via Van Riebeeck Street and follow this road until it ends at a parking space and closed gate. This is the start of the reserve.


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As a dedicated conservationist, Peter Chadwick has 30 years strategic and operational conservation experience in terrestrial and marine protected area management. He has worked within all of the major biomes in southern Africa as well as having provided expert conservation advice at a global level. His conservation and wildlife photography is a natural extension to his conservation work where he has numerous opportunities to capture photographs that showcase the beauty and complexity of the outdoors. Peter’s photography is internationally recognized, with this work appearing globally in a wide range of print and electronic media.