Swartberg Nature Reserve
Stretches 121 000 hectares between the Klein and Groot Karoo, bordering the Gamkapoort Nature Reserve to the north and the Towerkop Nature Reserve to the west. The town of Oudtshoorn is 40km away.
Visitors staying overnight sleep in restored cottages in the Gamkaskloof (otherwise known as Die Hel) and delight in the reserve’s rich heritage. San rock art and artefacts are found in caves throughout the reserve. European contributions to the region’s heritage include three mountain passes built in the 1700s, the Toorwaterpoort railway, Meiringspoort Road and the Swartberg Pass, to link the Klein and Groot Karoo.
- 10 Shaded campsites available, each named after the donkeys that did the hard work in the valley when it was originally settled.
- Solar-powered lights, a tap and picnic table is available at each site, but there is no power. Please ensure you bring your own firewood, supplies and flash lights with you.
- The ablutions supply hot water showers, flush toilets and basins.
Tel: +27 (0)44 203 6300 (Oudtshoorn office)
Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190
Web page: www.capenature.co.za