Wildlife & Nature

Eastern Cape’s gem for Big Five wildlife, national parks and biodiversity.
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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

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

NTE Ganora Guest Farm A circular walk from Nieu-Bethesda over the saddle ...

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

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

These routes include one day, two day and three day trails that ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ganora Fossil Safari The story of palaeontology in South Africa is also ...

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

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

The largest private game reserve in the Eastern Cape, award-winning Samara is ...

Glen Avon Waterfall Hike In addition to the three self-guided trails visitors ...

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

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

Winter Special Offer Plan your Karoo getaway with exclusive rates starting at ...

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.

 

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