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Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve



+27 (0) 21 483 0190



Poaching Hotline:

+27 (0) 8600 10111


Size:  9,428 ha / 94.28 km2

Nearest major city:  Cape Town (5h15 approx by car)

Big Five:  No


  • - Beautiful Karoo scenery
  • - Good range of activities including hiking, 4x4 route and Khoisan rock art
  • - Part of the Cape Floral Kingdom – beautiful in Spring and Autumn

The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve southwest of Oudtshoorn in the Western Cape is situated in the Little Karoo between the Swartberg Mountains and the Outeniqua Mountains. The rare and endangered Cape mountain zebra, leopard and honey badger are some of the reserve’s fauna highlights.

Despite its relatively small size and inconspicuous entrance, it is in fact a very diverse reserve of mountains, kloofs, valleys and plains. These habitats shelter five different distinct biomes, including fynbos, succulent karoo, subtropical thicket and afromontane forest. It is also the centre of the larger Gamkaberg Conservation Area, which in turn forms part of the UNESCO Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve which extends over a huge 3,2 million hectares.