The Blaauwberg Nature Reserve (BBNR), a unique area of approximately 2 000 ha comprising a rich mosaic of natural, cultural and historical elements, is located 25 km north of the centre of Cape Town, South Africa. It is regarded as a global biodiversity hotspot, it harbours a unique treasure of cultural historical artefacts and has the potential to become an open-air classroom which is easily accessible to millions of people in its proximity. It also provides a strategic visual link between Table Mountain and Robben Island and provides opportunities for a multitude of recreation activities.
Blaauwberg Hill overnight accommodation
Enjoy fantastic views from the top of Blaauwberg Hill and get back to nature! Experience 'Montispectus' in the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve.
The self-catering unit, which is a renovated World War II Officers Mess building, sleeps up to four guests in an open-plan bedroom with two single beds and a double bunk bed. The unit’s doors lead onto a deck from which all of the spectacular views from the top of Blaauwberg Hill can be experienced.
The unit's name, Montispectus, is derived from the Bloubergstrand dwarf burrowing skink (Scelotes montispectus) that was first discovered in the reserve in 2002. The animal was appropriately named –montispectus meaning “to behold the mountain.”
The accommodation was designed in a sustainable manner, featuring green technology. There is no electricity: photovoltaic panels charge the batteries that provide light. A gas-operated stove and fridge/freezer are provided. An outdoor shower with a gas geyser, as well as a self-composting toilet (no flushing needed), provides for a unique visitor experience. Guests are encouraged to use biodegradable products if possible and to use water sparingly during their stay.
The lounge, dining room and kitchenette area opens up onto a deck, allowing a cool breeze to circulate. The kitchen area is equipped with the basics and a braai area with a Weber braai is available. Parking is a few metres from the unit via a gravel path.
Visitors will enjoy magnificent views down fynbos slopes, across the city, to seven kilometres of rocky and sandy coastline, the ocean and beyond. The nature reserve presents itself as one of the few viewpoints in the world from which you can see two proclaimed World Heritage Sites: Table Mountain and Robben Island.
Montispectus can be booked through the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve Administrative Offices on
2013 tariffs are as follows:
- Per night (1-2 persons): R630 Peak Season (1 September to 30 April)
- Per night (1-2 persons): R400 Off-peak (1 May to 31 August)
- Additional persons: R105 each (Max. 4 persons in unit)
- Daily conservation fee: R13 (adult 18+); R6.50 (children 3-17 years); R18 per vehicle.