Gamkaberg Nature Reserve

Gamka Mountain is part of an isolated mountain range in the Little Karoo, close to Oudtshoorn and the famous Cango Caves. Originally pronounced to conserve a population of endangered Cape mountain zebra and their habitat, the reserve is rugged with mountainous plateau incised by deep ravines. This reserve is best explored on foot and is perfect for the visitor who enjoys the peace and tranquillity of a pristine environment.

Main attractions

  • Rugged landscape sculpted with deep ravines
  • Four of South Africa’s vegetation biomes are present: Fynbos; Succulent Karoo; Subtropical Thicket; Evergreen Forest

While the Zebra Crossing 4×4 trail is not that challenging, the Gamkaberg wows with immense vistas, plant and animal life. All you need is enough time to take it all in.

– Kate Collins, Wild 23


  • Short and long hikes
  • Overnight hike
  • 4×4 routes
  • Birding
  • Picnicking
  • Khoisan rock art
  • Invertebrate fossil searching
  • Information centre and labyrinth

Nearest centre: Oudtshoorn is 35km away (about half an hour).

Top sightings: Cape mountain zebra, honey badger, eland, red hartebeest, steenbok, klipspringer, black-backed jackal, caracal, aardvark

Accommodation: Self-catering eco-lodges, camping, overnight hiking hut.

Gate times: 07:30 – 16:00

Know before you go

  • Fuel and supplies are available in the nearby towns of Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)44 213 3367

CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190, [email protected]

Visit Gamkaberg Nature Reserve’s home page.