The Cape Karoo: tranquil waterfalls, stargazing skies, serenity, and off the grid

by Media Xpose

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve  

The Cape Karoo is truly a remarkable place with its rugged mountain ranges and captivating plant life. Its unique beauty lies in the serene and secluded surroundings, offering a sense of tranquillity and peace. The region is renowned for its historic wonders, including the famous Cango Caves, which showcase breath taking underground formations and enchanting waterfalls that cascade down rocky cliffs, adding to its natural allure. 

Take a trip and visit one of CapeNature’s reserves, Gamkaberg. It is a true gem waiting to be discovered, with its vast open spaces and rocky landscapes, this reserve offers a sense of wild adventure and a chance to reconnect with nature in its purest form. Gamkaberg is more than just a nature reserve; it is a heritage site that holds significant cultural and ecological value. Exploring this remarkable location allows you to delve into its rich history and appreciate the unique biodiversity that thrives in the area. From endemic plant species to diverse wildlife, Gamkaberg showcases the wonders of the natural world. 

If you’re seeking a truly off-the-grid experience immersed in nature, Anysberg Nature Reserve is the perfect destination. Located in the captivating Cape Karoo, it is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and bird watchers. Bring along your binoculars and prepare to be amazed by the diverse and precious species that call this reserve home. 

Anysberg Nature Reserve 

Cape Karoo Activities   

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve: 

When it comes to outdoor activities in the Cape Karoo, Gamkaberg Nature Reserve offers a range of unique experiences that cater to different preferences and adventure levels. The reserve’s trails are a highlight, providing opportunities for hiking and walking amidst the breath-taking scenery. What sets Gamkaberg’s trails apart is their diversity and suitability for all age groups and fitness levels. Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll or a more challenging hike, you’ll find a trail that suits your needs. If you’re a fan of off-road adventures, Gamkaberg offers thrilling 4×4 trails that take you along bumpy roads with mesmerising views of the landscape. As you navigate through the reserve, keep an eye out for special species such as the Cape Zebra, a symbol of conservation success and an incredible sight to behold. 

For rock climbers, Gamkaberg recently opened trad rock climbing in Tierkloof, adding an exciting new dimension to the reserve’s offerings. Another awesome reason to visit and bring along your fellow rock climbers for the ultimate ‘rocky’ endurance challenge. Conquer those fears, we are here for it.   

For the calmer, more relaxed side of life – pack your picnic baskets with your favourite snacks and take in all the beauty of nature while birdwatching or simply destress by connecting with nature.

Anysberg Nature Reserve: 

The adventure continues… during the day, get into your 4×4 and tour the scenic surroundings of the admirable Anysberg. Don’t forget to make moments memories, whether it’s through photographs, sketches, or simply immersing yourself in the beauty of the surroundings. Anysberg’s unique landscapes and captivating views provide an endless array of photo-worthy moments that you’ll want to treasure forever. 

As the day comes to an end, prepare yourself for a truly enchanting experience stargazing. Anysberg is renowned for its dark, unpolluted skies, creating the perfect conditions for observing the celestial wonders above. 

Accommodation at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve  

Nature lovers are spoilt for choice at this wholesome reserve. With four fully equipped lodges, stables, a campsite, and a designated swimming pool. The Xami cottage is a newly renovated two-sleeper that accommodates persons with special needs. A unique spot loved by adventurers is the Ou Kraal mountain top eight-sleeper which  is the perfect destination for hiking groups to enjoy breath-taking vistas, while watching the sunrise and sunset. Pack your essentials, bring your sense of adventure, and get ready to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature while enjoying the comforts of well-equipped accommodation. 

Accommodation at Anysberg Nature Reserve 

When it comes to camping in the Cape Karoo, the campsites at Anysberg campsites are highly recommended for those seeking a serene and mentally stimulating outdoor experience. The peacefulness of the surroundings creates the perfect atmosphere for relaxation and connection with nature. 

To make your camping experience more convenient, a communal kitchen is available for campers to use. Equipped with a gas stove, fridge, and freezer, you can easily prepare meals and keep your beverages cool during your stay. This communal area provides an opportunity to interact with fellow campers and share stories and experiences around the campfire. 

Great to know…  

  • The Cape Karoo nature reserves’ offers self-catering accommodation from R700 and camping from R170.  
  • Anysberg campsites are wheelchair friendly. 
  • Directions and conservation fees for Gamkaberg can be found here.  
  • Directions and conservation fees for Anysberg can be found here.  
  • Eco logs are sold at the reception (bring your own when staying at Ou Kraal and Anysberg campsites).  
  • Bring your own swimming towels; bathroom towels are provided in all lodges.  
  • There are braai facilities, however, bring your own cutlery if staying at the stables or Ou Kraal.  
  • There are eco-friendly toilets and solar-heated showers.   
  • Remember to bring along your torches for extra light.   
  • Book your stay now and get 40% off when booking before 31 July 2023.   

Nearby Attractions  

  • Cango Caves – educational, historic.   
  • Buffeldrift Game lodge – elephant experience and bush safaris.  
  • Wiggelwandel – camel rides and activities for kids.  
  • Ostrich farms – educational, experience, camel rides.   
  • Cango Wildlife range- animal encounters: cheetah/crocodile/cage diving.  


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 We look forward to seeing you in the Cape Karoo. #CapeNatureCapeKaroo #LiveInTheMoment #ConnectWithNature  

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