Oudtshoorn is known as the home of the Ostrich and for its unique landscape. Being part of the Karoo, there are vast expanses of veld, magnificent mountain ranges and plenty of valley and gorges. The Gamkaberg Nature Reserve lies in the heart of this incredible beauty.

The Reserve was established in 1974 to help conserve a small herd of endangered Cape Mountain Zebra and through focused conservation initiatives the herd of 5 grew substantially. Today the reserve is ideally suited to those seeking peace and tranquility and a place to enjoy the outdoors. It offers some of the gorgeous Klein Karoo vegetation, an abundance of flora and a number of local bird species.

The reserve also offers a variety of hiking trails and 4 x 4 trails to choose from. Hikers can expect some fairly rough terrain, but not without some spectacular viewpoints. Options include day trails and one overnight trail and hikers should be prepared for unpredictable weather as the area can experience high temperatures in the summer and can get very cold in winter.

If you have a 4 x 4 vehicle, there are two 4 x 4 routes on offer. The 32 km route will take approximately five hours and there are picnic and braai spots along the way. There are a few steep uphills and downhills, but all on stable surfaces. The route is not technical and fairly easy to drive.

Things to do and see

  • Guarrie Hiking Trail
  • Spekboom Trail
  • Pied Barbet Hiking Trail
  • Mousebird Hiking Trail
  • To Overhang & Back Hiking Trail
  • Tierkloof Hiking Trail
  • Zebra Crossing 4 x 4 Trail
  • Kannaland 4 x 4 Trail
  • Picnic & Braai Spots
  • Information Centre
  • Swimming (residents only)
  • Self-catering & Camping Accommodation


Admission fees range between R20 & R40 per person. Accommodation prices on request from the Reserve. Prices are subject to change, please contact the reserve directly to confirm rates.

Gate Times

07h30 – 16h00


Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 16˚C and 32˚C with high rainfall in March and October/November.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 5˚C and 20˚C with possible light rainfall throughout.


Commercial Airlines offer flights into George Airport, 56 km away from Oudtshoorn. Car hire facilities are located at the Airports.

Contact details

Reserve Tel: +27 (0)44 213 3367

Permit Booking Tel: +27 (0)21 483 0190