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Anysberg Nature Reserve

Map of Reserve area

Anysberg Nature Reserve is located in the semi-arid Klein Karoo.

Where to Stay

What to Do

Anysberg Tapfontein 4x4 Route

Guests can do the 21km Tapfontein circular route. For day visitors permit is required.

For the scenic Tapfontein 4X4 route, interpretive signage has been erected at the office. A self-explore eco-drive booklet is also available for sale at the office and provides information on stargazing, the fauna, flora, history and geology of the reserve and Khoisan.

Please contact the reserve on 087 087 3036 for more information.

Swimming is permitted. Children should not swim unaccompanied by an adult.

This is one of the best places in the country for stargazing under unpolluted night skies, far away from city lights. Guest can use their binoculars to explore the night sky. Stargazing is dependent on weather conditions and visibility of the different constellations.

Planet Trek

Guest can walk, cycle or drive to Tapfontein, which has planet markers along the route that have been set out to proportionally reflect the distance between the planets.

Please contact the reserve on 087 087 3036 to enquire about conditions and to make a booking for this activity.

A fantastic way to explore the remoter regions of the reserve is by horse. Anysberg offers guided excursions, ranging from two hours to two days. On the two-day trail, guests will sleep over at one of the comfortable chalets on the reserve.

The trail is 21km, with a five-hour ride on the first day and a four-hour ride on the second. Please book in advance for this experience. Please note there is a maximum 95kg carrying capacity per horse, which includes rider and luggage.

Visitors are welcome to stroll around the reserve. Landsekloof is the only marked trail – 3km to the waterfall and back.

Visitors must bring their own mountain bikes to explore the reserve. There are three scenic marked mountain bike trails using the jeep tracks that traverse the reserve.

For an easy ride we have the 7.5km Old School trail. The Tapfontein route is a moderate 22.5km circular route going through some rugged terrain. The Allemorgensfontein MTB trail is 49km for the more experience riders. No water and cellphone reception are available on these trails.

In summer MTB cyclists should set out early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day.


Visitors will enjoy regular sightings of the numerous antelope species and black-backed jackal.  If lucky, species such as Cape Mountain Zebra, caracal and the critical endangered riverine rabbit can be spotted. Leopards still roam the mountains, although these notoriously shy creatures are seldom seen. About 180 bird species are regularly spotted on the reserve, making it a popular choice for birders. Besides the mesmerising landscape and rich plant and animal life, the reserve is also home to San rock art, painted thousands of years ago.

Please note that there is no cell phone reception on the reserve. Wifi is available at the office complex and cottages. There is no firewood available, please bring your own charcoal.

To find out more, download the Anysberg Nature Reserve brochure and map, and The Klein Karoo Birdlist below.

How to get there

The reserve can be approached from the four nearest towns. Touwsrivier and Laingsburg on the N1 and Montagu and Ladismith on the R62. From Ladismith/Laingsburg you will enter the reserve from the eastern gate at Grand Canyon. From Touwsrivier you will enter the reserve from the western side at Kruisriver gate using the Bloutoring road. From Montagu you will follow the road over Ouberg Pass and enter through the Spitskop gate at Allemorgensfontein also on the western side of reserve.

GPS

Vrede Office: 33 27 48.7 S 20 35 18.7 E

Grand Canyon Gate: 33 25 52 S 20 48 0.5 E

Kruisrivier Gate: 33 30 0.8 S 20 20 21.3 E

Spitskop Gate: 33 34 0.2 S 20 22 27 E

Please note a high clearance vehicle is needed to access the reserve.

Office hours: 07:30–16:00

Tel: 087 087 3036

Accommodation and permit bookings Tel: 087 087 8250

Conservation Fees

Adults

Day Access = R50; Overnight fee = R40

Children

Day Access = R30; Overnight fee = R20

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