ID #1107

Tussen-die-Riviere Nature Reserve, Bethulie, Southern Free State.

Between the Caledon and Orange Rivers. The plains are home to large herds of blesbok, black wildebeest and springbok. Other species include eland, grey rhebok, gemsbok, reedbuck, impala, kudu, red hartebeest and zebra, while buffalo shelter along the bushy riverbanks. Birds include fish and black eagles, while secretary birds stalk the grasslands. Warthog were recently reintroduced. Smaller nocturnal mammals include porcupine, aardvark (ant bear), aardwolf and bat-eared fox. San (Bushmen, Bushman) and Cape vultures took refuge at Aasvoelkop in days gone by. Unfortunately, only their paintings and ledges whitewashed with droppings bear testimony to this earlier existence.  Besembos, wild olive trees and bush guarri are scattered over the koppies. Cape and weeping willow trees, white stinkwood, star apple and suurtaaibos fringe the rivers.


•    Six fully equipped two-bed chalets with carports and a lapa.
•    Communal sitting and dining room with a bar, kitchen and large barbecue area for functions and meetings.
•    Hunters camp with simple shelters, barbecue and lapa.
•    Communal ablution block for campers.


•    One day hiking trail to the river junction
•    Two day hiking trail with overnight facilities at Spesbona, which accommodates 25.
•    Game viewing
•    Birding
•    Hunting
•    4x4 trail that passes some unusual rock formations (klipstapels).

Bethulie is on the R701 on the northern bank of the Gariep Dam northeast of Colesberg, which is at the intersection of the N1 with the N9. AATussen

Contct:            Tourism Officer
Tussen-die-Riviere Nature Reserve
Box 16 Bethulie 9992
+27 (51) 763 1114 telephone
+27 (51762) ask for 2803

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Last update: 2014-05-19 23:59
Author: Alan McIver
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