Wildlife Sanctuaries and Game Lodges

ID #1659

Anysberg Nature Reserve, Ladismith, Klein Karoo, Western Cape.

In the Little Karoo between Ladismith, Touwsrivier and Montagu. It offers some of the most striking scenery in the Karoo as well as fascinating animals and plants and various recreational activities.

It was established in 1988 to conserve the local veld types and to reintroduce game that historically occurred in the region.  In 1995 an adjacent 10000-Ha was purchased and the reserve now comprises an area of 44515-Ha.  The landscape alternates from gently undulating terrain and Karoo plains to rugged mountains and steep gorges.  The Anys, Touws and Prins Rivers, tributaries of the Gouritz River, flow through the reserve.  It lies within the Cape Fold Mountains and the vegetation is transitional between mountain fynbos and typical Little Karoo veld.  The plants vary from eye-catching succulents to impressive stands of protea at higher altitudes.  Mammals include Cape Mountain zebra, steenbok, duiker, gemsbok, red hartebeest and numerous smaller species.  Leopard roam the mountains.  Other carnivores include black-backed jackal and caracal.  Birders will find this an interesting location, with 180 species having been spotted thus far.  Reptiles include five species of tortoise, boomslang, Cape cobra, puffadder and various other snakes and lizards.  Numerous archaeological sites are scattered throughout the reserve.  Bushman (Bushmen) paintings depicting scenes from the past and ruins dating from the 1700’s are reminders of the early hunters, farmers and herders who inhabited the area. Hikers are welcome to explore the reserve, although at present no formal trails have been established.  A two-day horse trail with a comfortable overnight stop is an ideal way to see remote areas on the reserve.  Mountain bikers may use the jeep tracks that traverse the reserve.

Five small cottages, providing accommodation for 22 in total may be hired.  There is no electricity but the cottages are provided with candles, gas fridges and cooking facilities.  Bring your own eating and cooking utensils, food and bedding.  Cottages must be vacated by 10h00 on the day of departure. Campers and caravanners may camp on the lawn near the office complex at Vrede.  Basic ablution and braai facilities are provided for the cottages and campers.  Firewood may be purchased. Other information is as follows:

•    Fill up with petrol before driving to the reserve
•    The nearest shops are in Ladismith and Laingsburg
•    The reserve gates are not locked
•    Summer can be uncomfortably hot

All hiking, horse-riding, mountain biking (cycling), environmental education, accommodation and camping should be booked at the address given below.

Ladismith is on the R62 north of Riversdale, which is on the N2 east of Swellendam, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N5. BFAnysberg

Contct:            The Manager
Anysberg Nature Reserve
Private bag X216 Ladismith 6655
+27 (23) 551 1922 telephone
web: www.capenature.org.za

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Last update: 2014-05-15 01:16
Author: Alan McIver
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