Western Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
Lying in the Little Karoo is the remote Gamka mountain range, isolated because of the conduit of the Gouritz River that slices between the Gamkaberg, and its nearest neighbour, the Rooiberg.
The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve encompasses almost the whole mountain range, established in 1974 to protect a population of endangered Cape mountain zebra, and what was left of their natural surrounds; the Cape lion that once roamed this area - the Khoi word ‘gami’ is the derivation of the Gamkaberg - was already extinct.
The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve lies but 33 kilometres south west of Oudtshoorn, a rugged and mountainous terrain characterised by deep ravines, incredible rock formations, and Bokkeveld sandstone and shales.
Fynbos, arid fynbos, succulent karoo and riverine vegetation are the dominant plant life. It is home mainly to the Cape mountain zebra, whose numbers now exceed the dismal five left in 1976 after six were shot by a local farmer, and the honey badger; although you will also find a number of antelope that include the klipspringer, red hartebeest, eland and others.
Trekking up the Tierkloof ravine is what most visitors to the reserve pursue, and there is a bush camp with incredible views over the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges, for comfortable overnight stays.
Hiking, 4x4 trails, kloofing, bird watching, and over twenty rock art sites make it more than worth a visit, and mountain biking through the 30 kilometre ‘incredibly wild’ overnight trail, newly established in the shadow of the Rooiberg, is a highlight.
Popular Activities in or near Gamkaberg Nature Reserve
The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve in this setting is home to the Guarrie Trail. Although only measuring 700 metres, this trail is worth the 20 minutes it takes to complete. It exhibits some of the gorgeous Klein Karoo vegetation, as well as a number of local...
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Piet Barbet Trail
When one pictures hiking trails in Oudtshoorn, one usually thinks of stark Karoo landscapes and dry landscapes but the 4.1 km Piet Barbet Trail takes hikers through the subtropical thicket of the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve. This picturesque area in...
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