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Wildlife & Nature

Eastern Cape’s gem for Big Five wildlife, national parks and biodiversity.
top things to do

 

Find your slice of wild across the golden plains and hills of the Karoo Heartland.
Discover worlds within worlds of wildlife, thundering, swooping and running free across vast national parks and game reserves. Walk in thundering silence while listening for the call of a bird in the bush and retire under the enormous dome of a sparkling Karoo night sky

Places to explore

Hartland Huis and Karoo360 Tours, powered by Toerboer

Karoo360, powered by Toerboer is a tour operator based in Graaff-Reinet that, ...

Glen Avon Farm

There is something very special about staying at Glen Avon. It’s a ...

Somerset East ParkRun

Somerset East parkrun takes place every Saturday at 8:00am. Every week we ...

4×4 Mountain Zebra National Park

NB: No booking necessary as the trails are open during the normal ...

Glen Avon Farm Hikes

Heritage Hike This walk takes approximately 1 and a half hours to ...

Transkaroo Adventures Multi-Day Hikes

Transkaroo Adventures offer a 3-day hike: Day 1 (12km), day 2 (19km) ...

Oukop Hill Lookout

For the best panoramic view of the whole of Cradock you have ...

Fairfield Kitchen & Garden

Based in the heart of the Eastern Cape Karoo, we offer a ...

4×4 Camdeboo National Park

Koedoeskloof The Koedoeskloof 4×4 Trail provides a 7-kilometre drive to the top ...

Guided Hiking – Ganora Guest Farm

Ganora Fossil Walk After a visit to the fossil museum, visitors are ...

Nieu-Bethesda water furrows

Nieu Bethesda has a working network of furrows, with water supplied daily ...

Stone Folk of Ongeluksloot

The Stone Folk is a new permanent outdoor installation of stone figures ...

Art

4×4 Transkaroo Adventures

Whether you are a novice or a bundu bashing expert, you will ...

Mountain Zebra National Park

Prepare to be awed by our Big Sky Karoo on display at ...

Valley of Desolation

Located in the Camdeboo National Park outside Graaff Reinet, the Valley of ...

Graaff Reinet ParkRun

Every Saturday at 7:00am (October – March) & 8:00am (April – September). ...

Karoo River Rafting

Welcome to Karoo River Rafting and Cabins. Set in the stunning surroundings of ...

Egg Rock

Deep in the Karoo Heartland – along a dirt road and, seemingly, in the ...

Bedford Rosarium

The Eastern Cape town of Bedford is famous for its annual Garden ...

Karoo 3 Peaks Hiking Challenge

Join us in hiking to the three highest peaks in the Sneeuberg ...

Gats River Canyon Walk

On Ganora Guestfarm there is a wide range of landscapes to hike. ...

Camdeboo Adventure Tours

Valley of Desolation – a geological phenomenon that is situated in the Camdeboo ...

Glen Avon Waterfall

Somerset East lies below the Boschberg mountain which is anything but typical ...

Guided Walks – Samara Karoo Reserve

Samara is one of few game reserves where walking forms an integral ...

Walking Tour of Old Cradock

The museum offers a literary and /or a historical walking tour of Old Cradock.  The ...

Samara Karoo Reserve

Award-winning Samara Karoo Reserve is a conservation journey on 67,000 acres of ...

Eerstekrans Hiking Trail

EERSTEKRANS HIKING TRAIL This area falls within the Cradock Town boundaries and ...

Ganora Guest Farm Walks and Hikes

On the farm, there is a wide range of landscapes to hike. ...

Wild Fly Fishing in the Karoo

Wild Fly Fishing in the Karoo has secured exclusive access to several ...

The original Roberts Birds of South Africa illustrations

Austin Roberts’ The Birds of South Africa was first published in 1940 ...

4×4 Karoo360, powered by Toerboer

4×4 Trails for both vehicles and motorcycles: follow us along some of the ...

The Crag Lizard Trail – Camdeboo National Park

The Crag Lizard Trail Duration: 45 minutes Difficulty: For all ages Cost: ...

Swaershoek Pass

The Swaershoek Pass is an alternative road between Cradock and Somerset East ...

Camdeboo National Park

The Camdeboo National Park is a 19000ha gem in the Karoo Heartland ...

Angler & Antelope Guesthouse

The Angler & Antelope is nestled in the heart of Somerset East, ...

Buffelshoek Pass

Located 15km North-East of Pearston, the Buffelshoek pass is 3.9km long, and ...

Kuzuko Lodge

Also known as the “Place of Glory”, Kuzuko Lodge situated in the ...

Guided Hikes – Kuzuko Lodge

Cheetahs in the Wild Our Reserve Manager, Gerhard de Lange’s passion for ...

Olive Schreiner Sarcophagus

Olive Schreiner (1855-1920), was a political activist, feminist and author of the world-renowned ...

Compassberg

The Compassberg (2502m) is the highest peak in the Sneeuberg range and ...

Birding

From the national parks of the Karoo Heartland to biodiverse Somerset East and the mountains of Nieu-Bethesda and Middelburg, there is a stunning variety of birdlife to be enjoyed in our wild Karoo. The birding list boasts over 30 endemic species alongside sunbirds, raptors, narina trogon and yellow-throated woodland warbler,  double-banded courser and buff-streaked chat. The lists for each region of the Karoo Heartland are extensive and enough to convince any birder that a visit is absolutely essential.

 

Somerset East birding

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