About Commando Drift Nature Reserve

The 6 000 hectare Commando Drift Nature Reserve lies roughly 60 km north of Cradock on the road to Tarkastad. At its heart is the Commando Drift Dam, fed by four rivers.

Did you know? The upside to visiting the Commando Drift reserve is that not many people know about it and you will have the views and the stillness to yourself

On what is essentially a mixture of Karoo veld and recovering grasslands, after years of overgrazing, you will find endangered mountain zebra, black wildebeest, and a series of antelope that include blesbok and red hartebeest, as well as a good 200 species of birds.

A series of dolerite and sandstone cliffs combine with the large dam, the birds and the small game to provide beautiful scenery. And the dam's size is just as well as during summer the heat in the reserve means that the banks of the dam serve to stave off mid-morning heat.

A couple of hikes in and around the reserve make it a popular destination for hikers. The Bushman Trail starts follows the shore of the dam and onto a jeep track up Palingkloof. It is an ideal hike for spotting water birds and waders along the edge of the dam.

The Endurance Trail is slightly more challenging, a circular two to three day trail over 28 km, yet not quite as formidable as its name might suggest. The first day of the hike heads onto the lower slopes of the Rooiberg, whilst the second day takes one through the Springbokvlakte where there is likely to be more game. Nights are spent in overnight huts.

The upside to visiting the Commando Drift reserve is that not many people know about it and you will have the views and the stillness to yourself. Holidays and long weekends see the campsite and picnic sites get a little busy, but the rest of the reserve promises space in which to lose yourself against the backdrop of the Rooiberg peak and rolling hills.

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Where60 km north of Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Telephone+27 (0)43 705-4400

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