What to Do
This semi-arid nature reserve also contains some excellent examples of the region’s geological (dating back 300 million years ago) and archaeological heritage (5000-300 years old), including the imposing Stadsaal cave, rare San rock art depicting elephants, and the Truitjieskraal interpretive trail. A permit is required to visit these attractions and is available for purchase at the CapeNature offices or at any private tourism offices in the Cederberg Conservancy.
Watch some beautiful timelapses of the nature reserve, filmed on the Truitjieskraal interpretive trail, below.
Video shot and provided by Liesel Kershoff. View her work on her website here: lieselkershoff.com
How to get there
The reserve is 300km from Cape Town. Take the N7 highway north. Stay on the N7 past Citrusdal, after 28km take the Cederberg/Algeria turn-off to the right. Follow this main gravel road for 17km to the Algeria office. From this office, continue driving east for another 40km, over the Uitkyk pass, past the turn off to Kromrivier (take the left fork in the road, following the sign for ‘Ceres’). The Stadsaal cave are just a few kilometres into the reserve, while the office complex and Truitjieskraal turn-off are further along. Please note that 40km of this road is gravel and appropriate transport must be used.
Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve contact information
Reserve office hours: 07h30 – 16h00, Monday to Friday
Reserve office phone number: +27 27 482 9922
Permits can be obtained at any tourism office in the Cederberg Conservancy or at Algeria and Matjiesrivier during office hours.
Cellphone reception: No reception, last reception point is at Algeria.
GPS: 32° 30’ 0.5’’ S 19° 20’ 10.0’’ E
Day access = R50
Day access = R30
Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve filming
A number of international and local productions have utilised Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve as a film location. With magnificent landscapes, and unique rock formations such as the Stadsaal Caves, Matjiesrivier is a versatile shooting location.