Spitskop Nature Reserve

The Spitskop Nature Reserve was named after Spitskop, an impressive granite koppie just outside the small town of Upington

Northern Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Spitskop Nature Reserve

The Spitskop Nature Reserve was named after Spitskop, an impressive granite koppie just outside the small town of Upington.

Consisting mainly of sandy flats interrupted by two rocky outcrops, the Spitskop Nature Reserve is worth a visit not only for its game, but also for the dazzling flower carpets covering its sandy plains after the summer rains each year.

Game species in Spitskop Nature Reserve include red hartebeest, eland, zebra, gemsbok, steenbok and large herds of springbok.

Typical bird species found here are ostrich, kori bustard and Namaqua sandgrouse.

Visitors can travel on good gravel roads while watching game. For the more energetic there are three hiking trails, varying in length, with an overnight hut. At the Spitskop (the koppie) there is a sheltered viewpoint equipped with a telescope.

Popular Activities in or near Spitskop Nature Reserve

Canoeing on the Orange River


This half-day river rafting trip from Upington to Oukamp, provides the ideal breakaway from your normal routine. You will experience the Orange River with it's abundance of bird life and throw a wave at the locals as they sit on the banks and fish...

More info and contact details: Canoeing on the Orange River

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