The Anysberg Nature Reserve lies at the western edge of the Little Karoo, between Ladismith and Laingsburg. Mountains, flat lands, koppies and kloofs are all there is for miles.
This is the Karoo, wild and uncertain. What better place to kick back in? Here you can give pretty much no thought to man's obsession with activity. All you need is a seat in the shade outside your cottage, a book and a pair of binoculars.
But to stretch your legs or shake off a bemused state, take a stroll at dawn or one into dusk & you might put up a black-footed cat and notice it. Wild fowl and chance rarities will be your reward for an hour spent sitting quietly at one of the old farm dams.
The vegetation is transitional between mountain fynbos and typical Little Karoo veld. The plant life ranges from eye-catching succulents to impressive stands of proteas which occur at higher altitudes.
Game species that once populated this semi-aridness before the arrival of the colonists have been returned. Mammals include Cape mountain zebra, gemsbok, red hartebeest and numerous other small, shy species. Leopard roam the mountains. Other notable carnivores include black-backed jackal and caracal.
Bird-watchers will find this an interesting locality, with approximately 180 bird species having been recorded. Reptiles are represented by five species of tortoise, boomslang, Cape cobra, puff adder and various other snakes and lizards.
Archaeological sites are found throughout the reserve. Rock paintings and ruins will add to your sense of wonder, of the people who lived or passed through this arid region. Nowhere is this more striking than in Prinspoort, a tremendous gorge cutting through Anysberg Mountain, which is well worth exploring on foot.
For those who enjoy their bike and like to strike out alone, simply find a track and follow it. Anysberg has many. Bathing costumes are not always associated with the Karoo, but there is reservoir in which you can cool off in summer. If you are lucky, you'll find rock pools at Prinspoort.Anysberg cottages
Rustic is the key here. Five flat-roofed cottages are available. All huts, excluding Agama, make use of an ablution block.
Agama: one room with double-bed and two single beds in lounge, with bathroom, fully equiped
Seps: one room with a double- and single-bed, fully equipped, black stove in kitchen(wood and coal can be obtained on reserve)
Leguaan: two rooms with 6 beds, 2 single beds in one room and 2 double bunk beds in the second room is available, fully equipped. Equiped with jetmaster.
Chameleon: two rooms with 4 beds, fully equipped with jetmaster braai in kitchen area.
Gecko: one room with a double-bed, fully equipped. equipped with Jetmaster.
- no electricity, but gas equipment and candles are provided and solar lighting.
- bathroom warm/cold water; showers
- kitchen equipped with gas stove and fridge
- cutlery and crockery
- all bedding provided but no towels are provided
- swimming at reservoir
- firewood for sale
- braai facilities
- no shop on site
- kayaks and mountain bikes for rent
Please note: a minimum of two night stay is required.Please note
• It is advisable to fill up with petrol before driving out to the reserve.
• The nearest shops are in Laingsburg and Ladismith (70 km).
• The gate at the main entrance is not locked. From the gate proceed to the office and accommodation at Vrede (17km).
• Summer months can be uncomfortably hot.