The 22 000-ha Tussen die Riviere Nature Reserve is situated in the southern Free State between the Caledon and the Orange Rivers close to the town of Bethulie.
The nature reserve combines hunting and wildlife tourism as the surplus game is annually offered to the public through various hunting concessions.
Because of its large size, scenic Karoo splendour and development for hunting, Tussen die Riviere supports large populations of diverse and readily observable game species: visitors can expect to see springbok, blesbok, red hartebeest, black wildebeest and blue wildebeest, steenbok, impala, mountain reedbuck, gemsbok, kudu, zebra, eland and white rhino.
Spotting these majestic herds or spooking a solitary antelope can be a unique and thrilling experience.
Other attractions include the confluence of the Orange and Caledon rivers, and beautiful rock formations.
Although the Tussen die Riviere Game Reserve was developed to cater for the South African hunter, visitors can visit the reserve during the summer (non-hunting season) months.
Three valuable nature trails have been laid out for hikers and although relatively unknown, each of these trails has exciting attributes and is well worth walking. Trails are the Middelpunt Hiking Trail of 7 km, the Klipstapel Hiking Trail of 12 km and the Orange River Hiking Trail of 16 km. Permits are issued at the gate.
Visitors have almost 120km of dirt road routes to explore the reserve. The roads are good (you dont need a 4x4), and the routes offer a variety of scenery and wildlife.
The reserve has 9 self-catering chalets and 5 self-catering hunters' shelters. Bring all your own food and firewood.
Alternatively, accommodation can be found at Gariep Dam.
Tel: 051 763 1000
Fax: 051 763 1003
Free State Tourism Call Centre: 051 404 9600|3|4|5|9