Gamkaberg Nature Reserve:
A tranquil escape

by CapeNature

Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, located in the Klein Karoo, allows visitors to experience a sense of peace and wonder that is unrivalled.


The Good Holiday recently found this out and put together a fantastic video illustrating just how special the reserve is.

Watch it below:

From the Eco Lodges, to the camp site, stables and the recently upgraded Ou Kraal huts high up in the mountain, a visit to Gamkaberg is always sure to be a relaxing one.

Add in the spectacular birdwatching, breathtaking hikes, and magnificent views, and you have a recipe for a magical break.

Stay at Gamkaberg


Photo: Darell Lourens/The Good Holiday

There are a number of accommodation options for travellers to Gamkaberg:

Sweetthorn Eco Lodge
Sleeping up to six people in three tents (maximum two per tent), at a cost of R580 per tent off-peak and R1600 per tent in peak season, Sweetthorn Eco Lodge is tucked up against the hillside, providing cool shade for the tents in the morning, and a sheltered braai and eating area in the evenings. Find out more here.

Tierkloof Eco Lodge
The largest of the three eco lodges, Tierkloof sleeps up to eight people in four tents (maximum two per tent), and features a recently renovated eco pool, and a covered decking area for those wanting to spend some time relaxing out of the water. Cost is R580 per tent off-peak and R2130 per tent in peak season. Find out more here.

Fossil Ridge Eco Lodge
Fossil Ridge is the most intimate of the eco lodges on Gamkaberg, featuring two tents that can sleep a maximum of two people each. Also equipped with a swimming pool, and located in the shade of one of Gamkaberg’s surrounding peaks, you’ll feel as if you’re in an oasis of calm and peace. Rates are R580 per tent off-peak and R1080 per tent in peak season. Find out more here.

The Stables
Located adjacent to the campsite, the Stables offers basic bunk bed accommodation for up to eight people, sleeping in two small separate units, with a heated shower and outside braai facilities. Cost is R240 for up to four people off-peak and R480 peak with an additional cost of R120 per extra person (up to a maximum of eight) per night peak and off-peak. Find out more here.

Gamkaberg Campsite
The small campsite at Gamkaberg offers two plots which can accommodate up to four campers each. There is no electricity, but there are heated showers available, and the outside braai is ideal for spending the evening chatting while the stars wheel overhead. Cost for camping is R70 per person per night, in both peak and off-peak seasons. Find out more here.

Ou Kraal
Positioned high up in the mountains, Ou Kraal is open to hikers, or those with a 4×4 who fancy a night or two out in the wild, and was extensively upgraded in 2015. The four new hikers’ huts each feature two beds, with basic bunk beds. There is also a braai area located in the Ou Kraal, with basic amenities. Only one group is permitted to use the facility at a time, and it costs R145 per person per night, with a strict maximum of eight people per group. Find out more here.

If you’d like to book a stay at Gamkaberg Nature Reserve, give us a call on (021) 483 0190 or email for more information.

About Gamkaberg Nature Reserve


Photo: Darell Lourens/The Good Holiday

We are fortunate in the Western Cape. The land forever heightens our sense of exploration with its expanses and its wilderness. And with the Gamkaberg Nature Reserve in the Little Karoo, we need not go far to find a place with such space and detachment.

The brooding Gamkaberg, together with the equally mysterious Rooiberg, appear to have been laid down as one over the lowlands of the Little Karoo. The Gamka is therefore a range in isolation and its name is derived from the Khoisan, gami, meaning lion, where the Cape Lion – now extinct – once so successfully wondered here.

As the humans approached, so the lions withdrew so humanity could prosper. The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve was established in 1974 to conserve a small, remnant herd of endangered Cape mountain zebra. They numbered just five in 1976 but, fortunately, focused conservation initiatives, involving resettling of animals into private and national nature reserves, helped their numbers increase.

The reserve is open daily from 7h30 to 16h00. Day visitors can browse the information centre, enjoy finding their way through the labyrinth, take short hikes and use the picnic or braai facilities. The reserve is ideally suited to those seeking some peace and tranquility.


  • Linda Halgryn

    April 3, 2016 5:07 pm

    Ek en my man het Gamkaberg verlede jaar besoek en was aangenaam verras. Die netheid van die kamp en die versorging van paadjies, geboue ens het ons veral opgeval. Die veldblomme was volop en die personeel so vriendelik! KOMPLIMENTE.
    Hierdie jaar bring ek beslis die stapklub vir ‘n naweek.

  • Karen Ward

    April 7, 2016 12:36 pm

    A group of 4 stayed at Fossil Ridge last year. The camp is spotless and well cared for. The kitchen was more than adequately stocked with utensils and cooking equipment. The communal areas are well protected from the wind and we were adequately provided with wood for braais each night. There are lovely walks in the reserve as well. Temperatures were soaring so the delightful plunge pool came in very handy. Paths between the tents, communal kitchen/lounge/diningroom and ablutions are wide and therefore made us feel that there was not going to be a snake around the corner. And the cherry on the top? Management and staff are absolutely delightful. We left a couple of important items and they phoned our next stop (also Cape Nature) to tell us. We then made a plan to get them back. Service doesn’t come as good very often.

  • Marlise Basson

    April 7, 2016 2:10 pm

    Ons het die Paas naweek vir 5 dae gekamp in Gamkaberg kamp met vriende. Ons het die hele kamp terein vir onself gehad. Daar is net 2 staan plekke,, so ‘n mens het altyd die gevoel dat jy die enigste mense daar is! Wonderlik! Baie reen het geval en die Renosterbos was in sy volle glorie. Ons het eendag die 4×4 roete gery tot by Oukraal en daar piekniek lunch gehad (in ‘n grot tiepe kamp met basiese geriewe) met die mooiste uitsig wat vir ewig aangaan.. ‘n Ander dag het ons die Pied Barbet stap roete gestap (6km) en pragtige voels gesien. Die plante en bome op hierdie roete is genommer en kan geidentifiseer word. Beslis die moeite werd en ons wil in Oktober een van die eco lodges bespreek en dan die Oukraal staproete doen, daar oorslaap en volgende dag terug stap. Ons sien nou al uit daarna! Die personeel en versorging van die reservaat was uitstekend.


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