Anysberg Nature Reserve

Enjoy the wide open space under a canopy of glittering stars

Located in the semi-arid Klein Karoo, between the towns of Ladismith, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Montagu, the reserve encompasses 64 565 hectares of plains and the majestic Cape Fold Mountains, with deep valleys and steep gorges. Fed by three rivers, a diversity of life is supported here amid mountain fynbos and the characteristic veld of the Klein Karoo. It is also a World Heritage Site.

Visitors will enjoy regular sightings of the Cape mountain zebra, numerous antelope species, the black-backed jackal, caracal, riverine rabbit and brown hyena. Leopards still roam the mountains, although these notoriously shy creatures are seldom seen. About 180 bird species are regularly spotted on the reserve, making it a popular choice for birders. Besides the mesmerising landscape and rich plant and animal life, the reserve is also home to San rock art, painted thousands of years ago. At night the skies come alive with a dazzling display stars and planets.

Main attractions & activities

  • Bushman paintings and ruins from early hunters and farmers from the 1700s
  • Two-day guided horse trail with rustic overnight stop
  • stargazing, game viewing and birding
  • Mountain biking,
  • 4×4 routes
  • Swimming in the reservoir and kayaking on the dam

Mountain Biking & Cycling

Visitors can rent mountain bikes from the reserve office and follow the jeep tracks that crisscross the reserve.


Self-catering accommodation is offered in charming, well-equipped cottages. There are also Five campsites available at Anysberg Nature Reserve (maximum 6 people per campsite) with communal ablutions and kitchen facilities. All accommodation is powered by solar and gas. There is no cellphone reception in the reserve. It is advisable to fill with fuel before visiting the reserve – the nearest fuel is 70km away in the towns of Laingsburg and Ladismith. The entrance from Montagu and Touws River are only suitable for high clearance vehicles.

CapeNature Central Reservations: +27 (0)21 483 0190,


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Anysberg Nature Reserve
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Office hours: 07:30–16:00

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Garden Route & Klein Karoo
Western Cape

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