Groendal Wilderness Area

The Groendal Wilderness Area protects the water catchment area of the Swartkops River

Eastern Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Groendal Wilderness Area

The 30 000 hectare Groendal Wilderness Area protects the water catchment area of the Swartkops River (KwaZungha River), with the Groendal Dam in its centre.

Lying within the Groot Winterhoek Mountain range, this wilderness area has rugged terrain incised by numerous streams and ravines.

The vegetation is predominantly fynbos with a great diversity of individual species. Isolated pockets of indigenous forest occur in the ravines, and there are also elements of thorny, semi-succulent Valley Bushveld scrub.

There is not a wide range of mammal species within Groendal, but hikers may see baboon, common duiker, Cape Grysbok, bushbuck, grey rhebok and mountain reedbuck.

Birdlife within the Groendal Wilderness Area is fairly diverse, with approximately 180 species having been recorded.

The beautiful Groendal Wilderness Area is the only established wilderness area in the Eastern Cape roughly 10 km from Uitenhage, renowned for its remoteness and myriad hiking trails. For more info see Groendal Wilderness Area hikes.

Note: Header photograph used on this page is courtesy of and copyright Kleinrivier Wilderness (Highly recommended).

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Groendal Wilderness Area hikes


A series of kloofs filled with the sound of running water and a wildness more usually associated with inaccessible and isolated areas, the Groendal Wilderness Area surrounds the Groendal dam, fed by the Swartkops River. The reserve offers both...

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Kleinrivier Wilderness


Stretching from fynbos covered peaks to Karoo thicket; Kleinrivier is bisected by two rivers, each cutting a deep gorge through the mountains. Emerald mountain pools lie in the shade of tall forest elder trees while a multitude of raptors cruise...

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Paintings and artefacts that you may stumble across in the series of caves in the wilderness area are protected by law.

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