Just inland from to the Garden Route and close to George, this reserve boasts a collection of coastal mountains which give the region its water. The name comes from a Khoisan tribe and means ‘they who bear honey’. Paintings formed an important part of the Khoisan culture and can be found on rock faces throughout the reserve. Don’t miss the chance to travel along the beautiful Montagu Pass, which winds its way up and over the overwhelming Outeniqua Mountains.

Main attractions

  • The Cradock Pass Day Trail, a difficult walk that follows the tracks of the historical ox-wagon wheels of the early settlers across the Outeniqua Mountains
  • Varied vegetation, including plants from the high-rainfall coastal region and the contrasting dry Little Karoo


  • Hiking
  • Picnicking
  • Birding
  • Rock art

Top sightings: Klipspringer, grey rhebuck, leopard, Verreaux’s eagle, Cape sugarbird

Accommodation: There is no accommodation in the reserve but plenty is available in the nearby Goukamma Nature Reserve or Garden Route National Park.

Gate times: 07:30 – 16:00

Nearest centre: George is about 10km away.

Know before you go

  • Fuel and supplies are available in the nearby town of George.
  • Weather can change at any time and hikers should be prepared for snow in winter and intense heat in summer.

Contact reserve: +27 (0)44 870 8323

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

Visit Outeniqua Nature Reserve’s home page.