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Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve

  • 4.6

  • from 70 Google reviews

A person standing in front of a large rock
A person standing in front of a large rock

About the garden

Proclaimed as a nature reserve in 2000, and a World Heritage Site in 2014, Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve occupies a very special part of the Western Cape. The 12 800 hectare nature reserve is located in the transitional zone where fynbos and lowland succulent Karoo vegetation overlap. The diversity of fauna and flora found on the reserve thus offers visitors representations of both biomes.

This semi-arid nature reserve also contains some excellent examples of the region’s geological and archaeological heritage, including the imposing Stadsaal cave, rare San rock art depicting elephants, and the newly opened Truitjieskraal interpretive trail. A permit is required to visit these attractions and is available for purchase at the CapeNature offices or at any private tourism offices in the Cederberg area.

Opening times

Reserve office hours | Monday - Friday: 07h30 to 16h00

Useful details

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No cafe or restaurant on site



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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 70 Google reviews

Colette Weilbach

9 months ago


An absolutely beautiful drive with some of the most scenic views ever. Mountains and mountains of natural spekbooms.

Miriam Mannak

5 years ago


Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, and the Stadsaal Caves in particular, is a must visit for everyone who's exploring the Cederberg. Allow the pictures tell you why

Dragana Jevtovic

4 years ago


Well worth a visit. Explore every road. Walk in the moonlight.


2 years ago


Beautiful rock formations with old rock paintings

Wietz Nel

3 years ago


Neat & clean, friendly staff at reception, 'Stadsaal Grotte' is highly recommended!

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+27 27 482 9922

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