OUDTSHOORN HIKING TRAILS

SWARTBERG TRAILS

The best times for hiking the Swartberg trails are April | May and September | October with options ranging from easy day hikes to a fairly demanding 4 day route, leading hikers past rock formations, incredible views and unspoilt fynbos. This trail has 3 alternative starting points with overnight huts at Ou Tol and Bothashoek.

Two short hikes (7.4 km & 8.4 km, both about 2½ hours) |  25 km for 2 days |  46 km for 4 days |  Persons: min 3, max 12

For more information:

Swartberg Reserve Office
044 203 6300 
nmouries@capenature.co.za

GAMKASKLOOF

90 km from Oudtshoorn, 60 km from Prince Albert is only accessible from the Swartberg Pass via the Otto Du Plessis Road. This road is not accessible by caravan, there are no shops and fuel stations along the way and visitors need to bring sufficient food for the duration of their stay. Accommodation in restored cottages, camping sites or bush camp. Visitors can enjoy picnicking and angling and walk the 6km (3 hrs) interpretation trail. No quad bikes are allowed and motorcycles only with prior permission.

6 km  |  moderate  |  circular  |  various accommodation options

For more information:

Swartberg Reserve Office
044 203 6300 
nmouries@capenature.co.za

GAMKABERG TRAILS

There is a sense of space, detachment and wildness about Gamkaberg and the neighbouring Rooiberg. Some visitors explore the Tierkloof ravine, others do the multi-day hike to Oukraal. Three lodges with sheltered safari-style tents, a braai lapa/kitchen, ablutions and cement dams in which to cool off are available. The converted stables and adjoining camp site can accommodate 12 people.

Various options in Nature Reserve  |  20 minutes to 6 hours  |  easy  | picnic facilities

For more information:

Gamkaberg Reserve Office
044 213 3367 
nmouries@capenature.co.za

OUKRAAL HIKING TRAIL

Starting in the succulent karoo, this is a moderately strenuous trail taking hikers through a deep forested ravine to a fynbos-covered mountain plateau. Here they overnight at Oukraal camp and enjoy spectacular views of the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountain ranges.

24 km for 2 day  |  In Gamkaberg Nature Reserve |  Shelter huts on trail |  12 persons max

For more information:
Gamkaberg Reserve Office
044 213 3367 
nmouries@capenature.co.za

MINWATER HIKING TRAILS

Minwater meaning ‘Little Water’ is a private nature reserve and is situated 24 km southwest of Oudtshoorn in the foothills of the Gamkaberg in the Klein Karoo. It is a rough mountainous region containing hills and a large plateau with breathtaking views of the eastern Klein Karoo and surrounding mountain ranges. Owner, Louis Jordaan, possesses a wealth of knowledge of the more than 500 different plant species that bloom on Minwater.

Hiking from 1 km to 20 km   |   Guided plant and birding tours   |  Rustic, well-shaded camp site.

Contact:
Louis Jordaan
+27 (0)44 279 1285
louis@minwater.co.za

 

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