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Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

  • 4.8

  • from 137 Google reviews

A bench with a mountain in the background
A bench with a mountain in the background

About the garden

We are fortunate in the Western Cape. The land forever heightens our sense of exploration with its expanses and its wilderness. And with the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve in the Little Karoo, we need not go far to find a place with such space and detachment.

The brooding Gamkaberg, together with the equally mysterious Rooiberg, appear to have been laid down as one over the lowlands of the Little Karoo. The Gamka is, therefore, a range in isolation and its name is derived from the Khoisan, gami, meaning lion, where the Cape Lion – now extinct – once so successfully wondered here.

As the humans approached, so the lions withdrew so humanity could prosper. The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, now a World Heritage Site, was established in 1974 to conserve a small, remnant herd of endangered Cape mountain zebra. They numbered just five in 1976 but, fortunately, focused conservation initiatives, involving resettling of animals into private and national nature reserves, helped their numbers increase.

The reserve is open daily from 7h30 to 16h00. Day visitors can browse the information centre, enjoy finding their way through the labyrinth, take short hikes and use the picnic or braai facilities. The reserve is ideally suited to those seeking some peace and tranquillity.

Opening times

Reserve office hours | 07h30 to 16h00

Useful details

Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.8

  • from 137 Google reviews

Riaan Badenhorst

a week ago


Sweet thorn is a lovely camp site with all the basics that you need for a getaway weekend.

William Botha

2 months ago


I own the farm adjacent so of course I will rate it high

Trish Thompson

4 months ago


Definitely will be back. From the staff to the accommodation. Everything was superb

Chanel Rampartab

6 months ago


Stunning and peaceful Nature Reserve. The camping facilities are well-maintained. The swimming pool is great after a long, hot day. Friendly staff.

Cara Hartley

5 months ago


We fell in love with nature. Just like the corny slogans on the free shampoo and hand wash said. Seriously though... I left a bit of my heart in this place. Stay as long as you can do that you can appreciate it for how slow and quiet and rugged it is. Also the officials who manage the place communicate clearly and accommodated our requests wherever they can. They do a really excellent job.

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021 483 0080

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