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Outeniqua Nature Reserve

The Outeniqua Mountains Range is a rugged nearly impenetrable barrier separating the lush green Garden Route from the barren semi-desert landscape of the Little Karoo.

In 1813 settlers crossed over these mountains by ox-wagon via the Cradock Pass. What possessed these early pioneers to leave the temperate climate of the coastal plains for the inhospitable arid lands of the Klein Karoo seems something of a mystery.

The moist gentle southern slopes of the Outeniqua are predominantly covered with mountain fynbos. However, once on the leeward side of the mountain the vegetation suddenly changes to Karoo veld, mainly consisting of succulents and other hardy plants. The slopes on the northern side are much steeper and rockier.

Entrance to the Outeniqua Nature Reserve is free, but all visitors are asked to register at the Witfontein office.

There are several good but generally difficult trails that invite the intrepid hiker to explore this mountainous terrain.

The 12 km Cradock Pass Day Trail is a challenging 5 hour hike that retraces the original 1813 ox-wagon trail taken by early settlers of the Klein Karoo.

The George Peak Hike is appx 17 km and will take the experienced hiker about 7 hours. This is a very strenuous route but hikers will be rewarded with a fabulous view across George.

The 17 km Cradock Peak Hike is also very difficult. One should allow at least 6 hours. Breathtaking views from the top offer a panoramic view across much of the Garden Route as well as the Klein Karoo.

ATTRACTIONS & ACTIVITIES AT OUTENIQUA NATURE RESERVE:
- hiking

SUMMARY OF WILDLIFE & FLORA:
Mammals: klipspringer, grey rhebuck
Birdlife: black eagle, Cape sugarbird
Vegetation: mountain fynbos, Karoo veld

DIRECTIONS TO OUTENIQUA NATURE RESERVE:
- from George follow the N12 4 km towards Oudtshoorn
- turn right toward Witfontein
- turn right again to the park gates

Nearby Listings

Sleeps: 8
From R 1 350,00
Per unit, per night.
* Rates may vary according to season

40 Montage Village

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

19.0km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

40 Montage Village offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. This is the perfect holiday house (8 sleeper) to spend a relaxed carefree holiday. Overlooking a bird sanctuary and in a secure complex this modern holiday house is central

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Sleeps: 7 in 2 units/rooms

Bird Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

19.3km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Bird Cottage offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield in the Garden Route. Bird Cottage is spacious and comfortable with all mod-cons including an automatic washing machine. The bedroom has an en-suite bathroom. Also a lounge/dining room with slee

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms
From R 850,00
Per unit, per night.
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Elephant Rest Forest Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Knysna

19.5km East of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Elephant Rest is a private, self catering, tranquil getaway retreat experience. Situated on the edge of the awesome Lawnwood indigenous forest. Experience the peace and beauty of nature, abundant bird life, close to mountain biking, hikes, waterfalls, riv

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Sleeps: 6

Sedgefinkel

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

19.5km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Sedgefinkel offers self catering accommodation in Sedgefield on the Garden Route. This 6 sleeper self catering house is located in "the Island" area of Sedgefield.

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Sleeps: 11

Chateau Anri la Mer

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

19.9km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Chateau Anri La Mer offers self catering house accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Our self catering home is situated on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon at the lovely town of Sedgefield in the heart of the Garden Route. Sedgefield has three lovel

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Sleeps: 48 in 9 units/rooms
From R 1 350,00
Per unit, per night.
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Oakhurst Farm Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Wilderness

20.2km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Oakhurst is one of the original large properties of the Garden Route situated in the Wilderness district, near George. There are 11 different self catering units available.

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Sleeps: 6

The Other Corner

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

20.6km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

The Kingfisher Corner offers 2 self catering accommodation options in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Both available on the same property. Each is completely separate and relatively private. The Kingfisher Corner is comfortably furnished and has a good view tow

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Sleeps: 12 in 3 units/rooms

Kiewietjie Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

20.6km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Kiewietjie Cottage offers a selection of self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Located in the beautiful seaside town of Sedgefield and offers guests three comfortable furnished self-catering units. The 2 bedroom units have a view on th

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Sleeps: 6
From R 1 000,00
Per unit, per night.
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Elfransa Beach Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

21.1km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Elfranse Beach Cottage provides self catering accommodation in Sedgefield, Garden Route. Situated on the front row of Myoli Beach, 150m from the main swimming area and whale-watching platform. This 90 square meter two-bedroom Sedgefield cottage is fully f

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Sleeps: 10 in 4 units/rooms

The Old Trading Post B&B and Self Catering

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Wilderness

23.0km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

The Old Trading Post - Guests can book either on a Bed & Breakfast, Self-catering or Bed only basis, depending on the room chosen. Braai facilities are available. Children and pets are welcome.

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