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Swartberg Nature Reserve

The Swartberg Nature Reserve is located just north of Oudtshoorn and south of Price Albert in the Klein Karoo. The range is bordered on the west by the Gamkarivier and stretches eastwards nearly 150 km to the Eastern Cape border.

Within the mountain caves many rock paintings and artefacts have been found, that were once occupied by the nomadic San. More recently, the remote Gamkaskloof Valley, was settled by white farmers in 1830. This region can be reached by the Swartberg Pass that connects Prince Albert with Oudtshoorn.

The 6 km Grootkloof in Gamkaskloof has 26 interpreted stops that provides insightful information on the lives of the early settlers that inhabited this region. Booklets are available at the CapeNature Ouplaas Information Centre.

The Swartberg Hiking Trail is a 5 day trail can be booked through the George reservation office at Tel: (044) 802 5310. This is a fairly strenuous trail, and hikers must be wary of the extreme temperatures, characteristic of this semi-arid region.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES AT SWARTBERG NATURE RESERVE:
- 6 km interpretation hiking trail
- Norwegian mill
- picnic area
- hiking trails
- bushmen paintings

SUMMARY OF WILDLIFE & FLORA:
Vegetation: mountain fynbos, Karoo-veld
Birdlife: sugarbirds and sunbirds (in Autumn), eagles, kingfisher

DIRECTIONS TO SWARTBERG NATURE RESERVE:
- from Oudtshoorn head north on the R328
- from Price Albert head south on the R407
- at the top of the Swartberg Pass turn west
- follow the gravel road to Gamkakloof

Nearby Listings

The Retreat at Groenfontein

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Calitzdorp District

8.2km South of center of Swartberg Nature Reserve

The Retreat at Groenfontein offers bed and breakfast accommodation in the Calitzdorp District in the Klein & Groot Karoo region in the Western Cape. The Retreat is an old Victorian farmhouse set in 560ha of the Groenfontein Valley Conservancy bordering on

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Mirtehof Guest Farm Estate

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Prince Albert

25.6km North East of center of Swartberg Nature Reserve

Mirtehof Guest Farm Estate offers a choice of bed and breakfast accommodation and self catering cottage accommodation in Prince Albert in the Klein & Groot Karoo region of the Western Cape. We offer our guests the opportunity to enjoy the peace and quiet

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Karoo View Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Prince Albert

25.9km North East of center of Swartberg Nature Reserve

Karoo View Cottages offer self catering accommodation in Prince Albert in the Klein & Groot Karoo region in the Western Cape. We offer 7 cottage units and can accommodate up to 30 people. Units range from a 2 sleeper to an 8 sleeper. Our luxurious self-ca

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Saxe-Coburg Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Prince Albert

26.2km North East of center of Swartberg Nature Reserve

Saxe-Coburg Lodge offers bed and breakfast accommodation in Prince Albert in the Klein Karoo and Groot Karoo region in the Western Cape. Nestling in Prince Albert, possibly the prettiest small town in South Africa, with its Karoo style, Cape Dutch and Vic

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Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

41.6km East of center of Swartberg Nature Reserve

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, the getaway to the largest showcase in Africa awaits your highly valued presence, this place of excitement and fun activities will offer you and your family appealing and aesthetically beautiful surroundings witch will satisfy yo

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Adley House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

45.3km East of center of Swartberg Nature Reserve

With modern amenities, relax in our well kept gardens and pools, park in safety ,in house on our large property. 14 large en-suite individually decorated rooms, all with TV stocked bar fridges, tea and coffee trays, individual modern remote ...

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Old Mill Lodge & A la carte Restaurant

Guest House Accommodation in Oudtshoorn

46.0km East of center of Swartberg Nature Reserve

Luxury riverfront tent & luxury waterfront Cabin accommodation as well as omfortable and affordable bed and breakfast 4 star accommodation, Oudtshoorn. Accommodation near the Cango Caves, Schoemanshoek, only 12 km from us. We offer Family, normal and self

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