• Guest Rating: (1)
  • Self-Catering, Game Lodges
Bookings / Enquiries
Gamkaberg Nature Reserve was established in 1974 to conserve a local population of endangered Cape mountain zebra and their natural habitat.
The reserve was established in 1974 in order to conserve a local population of endangered Cape mountain zebra and their natural habitat. The terrain is rugged, with mountainous plateau incised by deep ravines. The main rock formations consist of Table Mountain quartzites and shales, and Bokkeveld sandstone and shales.

Situated within the Cape Floral Kingdom, which hosts one of the richest flora on earth, the reserve is of particular interest to botanists. Here, four of the South African biomes are represented, namely Fynbos, Succulent Karoo, Subtropical Thicket and Evergreen Forest. The best times of the year to visit are in Spring and Autumn but visits throughout the year can be rewarding.

The rare and endangered Cape mountain zebra, leopard and honey badger are some of the reserves fauna highlights. Other mammals include eland, kudu, red hartebeest, grysbok, grey rhebuck, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, baboon, caracal, aardvark, aardwolf, black-backed jackal and numerous smaller species. The reserve is host to a wide variety of birds, reptiles and insects. Gamkaberg is also rich in Khoisan rock art and early marine invertebrate fossils.

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve accommodation:
Tierkloof Eco Lodge:
Number of people it sleeps: Up to 8 in three safari-style tents pitched on decks. One tent has a double bed and two tents have two single beds each. There are two seating areas that can double up as two single beds in the living area. (all lodge bookings are private ie, no matter how many pax you book for, you will have exclusive use of your lodge)

Bedding provided: Yes
Towels provided: Yes
Electricity: Solar and gas
Kitchen equipped: Appliances are gas
Braai facilities: Outside with grid available
Bathroom equipped: Gas heated shower
Disabled access: Only with assistance

Fossil Ridge Eco Lodge:
Number of people it sleeps: Up to 4 in two safari-style tents pitched on decks, with two single beds in one and a king size bed in the other tent. (all lodge bookings are private ie, no matter how many pax you book for, you will have exclusive use of your lodge)

Bedding provided: Yes
Towels provided: Yes
Electricity: Solar and gas
Kitchen equipped: Appliances are gas
Braai facilities: outside with grid available
Bathroom equipped: Solar and gas heated Shower
Disabled access: No

Sweetthorn Eco Lodge:
Number of people it sleeps: Up to 6 in three safari-style tents pitched on decks, two with two single beds and one with a king size bed (all lodge bookings are private ie, no matter how many you book for, you will have exclusive use of your lodge)

Bedding provided: Yes
Towels provided: Yes
Electricity: Solar and gas
Kitchen equipped: Gas
Braai facilities: Outside with grid available
Bathroom equipped: Solar and gas heated shower
Disabled access: No

Camping:
Ou Kraal
Ou Kraal has recently been upgraded, with four new herders huts, and an Enviro-loo toilet on site. Each hut sleeps two hikers in two single beds with mattresses, with a shelf around the interior for bags and belongings. Ou Kraal is an opportunity for hikers, or those with a 44, to experience a night in the heart of the Gamkaberg.

Number of units: Four. Ou Kraal sleeps up to 8 people, accommodating two in each hut
Electricity: No
Ablution facilities: Toilet and a basin
Braai facilities: outside, with grid available
Disabled access: No

What we provide:
- Braaigrid (wood provided on request for hikers only)
- Enviro loo (waterless toilet)
- Water tank with rain water (use sparingly)
- Three-legged Pot (No 3)
- Two beds in each Herders hut with mattresses

What you need to bring:
- Lighting and wood
- Warm clothes (temperatures may drop rapidly)
- Drinking water, cutlery to prepare and eat meals
- Bedding and towels
- Torch

Services available at Reserve:
- Selling of firewood available at the reserve office

Stables
Number of rooms: 2 rooms sleeping 4 people in each on bunk beds
Electricity: yes
Ablution facilities: heated shower (electricity) and standard toilets
Braai facilities: outside, with grid available)
Disabled access: No

Gamkaberg Campsite
Number of campsites: 2 with a maximum of 4 people per site
Electricity: no
Ablution facilities: heated shower (electricity)
Braai facilities: Outside, with grid available
Disabled access: No

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve activities:
- Rock Climbing
- Picnicking
- Wildlife Watching
- Birdwatching
- Hiking and Walking
- Swimming
- 4x4 Trails
- Tierkloof Hiking Trail
- To Overhang and Back
- Pied Barbet
- Mousebird Trail
- Spekboom Trail
- Guarrie Trail
Health and Climate:
Gamkaberg lies between winter and summer rainfall regions, experiencing gentle soaking rain in winter, and thundershowers in summer. The annual rainfall averages 500mm at the summits and 300mm on lower slopes. Summers can be very hot, but generally the climate is suitable for
visits throughout the year.
Cancellation Policy:
- cancellations of 30 days and more from the time of arrival: 100% refund
- cancellations between 29 to 15 days from the time of arrival: 50% of total cost be refunded
- cancellations 14 days or less, a no-show or early departure: 0% refund
Facilities & Services available:
Elderly
Team Building
Self-Braai / Barbecue
Fireplace on the Premises
Garden
Parking (off-street - covered)
English
Hiking / Walking Trails
Swimming Pool
Map Place holder
Click to display the map
Rooms and Units Available at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Fossil Ridge Eco Lodge (off peak)
Maximum Persons per: 4
Sweet Thorn Eco Lodge (off peak)
Maximum Persons per: 6
Tierkloof Eco Lodge (off peak)
Maximum Persons per: 8
Stables Rooms (off peak)
Maximum Persons per: 8
Latest Reviews
Second stay at the camp and will go again any day for the tranquil setting and beautiful and relaxed atmosphere.
Patrick A. Day Dec 2009