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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.

40 Montage Village

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

19.0km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

This is the perfect holiday house (8 sleeper) to spend a relaxed carefree holiday in Sedgefield.The house has a spacious open plan living area, 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a well equipped kitchen. A large covered patio onto a garden allows you

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

Oakhurst Farm Cottages

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Wilderness

19.2km South West 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: 7 in 2 units/rooms

Bird Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

19.3km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

It is a spacious and comfortable cottage with a main bedroom and bathroom en-suite (shower only). Also a lounge / dining room and kitchenette. The lounge has TV and a full, double-bed-size sleeper couch.

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Sleeps: 6
From R 850,00
Per unit, per night.

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, 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, rivers for...

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Sleeps: 6

Sedgefinkel

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

19.5km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

House, the Island, Sedgefield, in the heart of the Garden Route. 3 Bedroomed house with 2 bathrooms (MES), open plan lounge, dining room & fully equipped kitchen. Large stand with outside entertainment area, swimming pool, double swings...

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Islandwood

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Sedgefield

19.8km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Islandwood offers a self-catering unit, housed on the ground floor of a wooden house. The accommodation is perfect for two adults, plus two children/adults (in the bunk beds), the bathroom being accessible from both bedroom and living area....

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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 LaMer is a self catering home situated on the banks of the Swartvlei lagoon at the lovely town of Sedgefield in the heart of the garden route. Sedgefield has three lovely beaches and also offers safe swimming in the lagoon mouth...

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Sleeps: 10 in 2 units/rooms

The Kingfisher Corner

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

20.6km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

There are 2 cottages available. The Kingfisher Corner is comfortably furnished and has a good view towards the mountains and the estuary. The Other Corner is more beach cottage, and has everything you would need, including an outstanding view over the lag

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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 is located in the beautiful village of Sedgefield and offers guests three comfortable furnished self-catering units. The 2 bedroom units have a view on the lagoon and mountains. Within walking distance of the lagoon, beach and restaura

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

Elfransa Beach Cottage

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Sedgefield

21.1km South of center of Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Elfransa Beach Cottage is situated on the front row of Myoli Beach in Sedgefield, 150m from the main swimming area and whale-watching platform.

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