About Gouritz Biodiversity Meander

The Gouritz Biodiversity Meander lies in the heart of the Succulent Karoo. It runs along the foot of the Swartberg Mountain Range, a World Heritage Site in its own right, and follows the Swartberg-Gamka-Rooiberg biodiversity corridor – an area incredibly significant in terms of biodiversity, particularly as this is where three important biomes - Succulent Karoo, Fynbos and Subtropical Thicket - meet, making it a world hotspot.

Did you know? There are a myriad walking trails, mountain biking trails, horse riding trails, canoeing and fishing, places to stay, and wine routes and wine tasting opportunities inbetween.

The idea behind the meander and the Gouritz Initiative is to create a conservation corridor along the Gouritz River, along which naturally occurring indigenous plants and wildlife will be able to move freely from the conservation parts of the inland Anysberg, Swartberg and Gamkaberg / Rooiberg mountains, to those conservation areas of the coastal moutains – the Langeberg / Outeniqua ranges. And to create a conservation area along the Gouritz River from Herbertsdale to the sea.

The meander is the priority focus area of the Gouritz Initiative, a project under CapeNature, whose chief aim is to restore priority biodiversity, and introduce sustainable benefits for the people in this area.

The idea of the meander is to travel from the Gouritz River Mouth to the Cango Caves via Herbertsdale, Van Wyksdorp and Calitzdorp. Every 10 kilometres or so one enters a completely new realm of vegetation – sandy soils of the coast and Coastal Fynbos, gives way to Renosterveld and clay soils, which then becomes Subtropical Thicket and finally Mountain Fynbos and Succulent Karoo.

Need to Know

WhereGouritz Biodiversity Meander, In the heart of the Succulent Karoo, Western Cape, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours.

OvernightStay in Karoo Accommodation, Western Cape


Please note, business details can change. While we endeavour to ensure all information provided by the service provider is correct at the time of publication, we do not assume any liability caused by errors or changes, such as price, cost, time, and location. Please check with the provider that the activity/business is still offered as described, before making any travel plans.


If this is your attraction, you can let us know if anything on this page is outdated or contains inaccuracies, by email. We regret, we do not have any other information, please contact the provider if you have questions.

In the vicinity

Hotels & other accommodation options in Karoo

Things to do in the area

Accommodation convenient to Gouritz Biodiversity Meander

FIND / South Africa Accommodation / Western Cape Accommodation / Cape Town Accommodation / Karoo Accommodation

Karoo as a destination

Want to stay overnight?


When would you like to stay?
Choose dates

Number of Guests

Why book with SA-Venues.com
  • Your card is safe with us; strictest card verification in the industry and we don't store card numbers.
  • No airy fairy service fees; you save!
  • We care. Service with integrity.
  • Multiple payment methods:
    credit card, SID instant EFT, bank transfer.
  • All Calitzdorp property owners / managers are verified (our experience protects you from online fraud).
  • Secure your booking
Our Payment Protection Guarantee only applies if your deposit payment is made via SA-Venues.com
South Africa. Explore. Experience. Stay

SA-Venues.com® has been assisting travellers with their South Africa travel plans since 1999, and is the largest, independent online travel guide for South Africa available in both English and German.