Anysberg Nature Reserve lies in the Little Karoo between Ladismith,
Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Montagu, and is approximately four hours drive from
Cape Town. This 64 546 ha reserve offers the visitor some of the most striking
scenery in the Karoo as well as fascinating animals and plants and various
Anysberg Nature Reserve was established in 1988 to conserve the local veld type
and to eventually re-introduce game species that historically occurred in this
region. The landscape alternates from gently undulating terrain and Karoo plains
to rugged mountains with steep gorges. The Anys, Touws and Prins Rivers and
tributaries of the Gouritz river system, flow through the reserve.
Plants and animals
Anysberg lies within the Cape Fold Mountains and the vegetation is transitional
between mountain fynbos and typical Little Karoo veld. The plant life ranges
from eye-catching succulents to impressive stands of proteas that occur at
Mammals include Cape mountain zebra, steenbok. duiker, gems-bok, red hartebeest
and numerous other small, shy species. Leopards roam the mountains. Other
notable carnivores include black-backed jackal and caracal. Bird-watchers will
find this an interesting locality, with approximately 180 bird species having
been recorded. Reptiles are represented by five species of tortoise, boomslang.
Cape cobra, puff adder and various other snakes and lizards.
Archaeological and historical sites
Numerous archaeological sites are dotted over the reserve. Bushman
paintings depicting scenes from the past and ruins dating from the late I 700s
are reminders of the ear[y hunters, farmers and herders who inhabited the area.
Anysberg offers the visitor a choice of several recreational activities. Hikers
are most welcome to explore the reserve, although at present no formal trails
exist. A two-day guided horse trail with a comfortable overnight stop is an
ideal way to see the game and remote areas of the reserve. Mountain bikers may
use the jeep tracks which traverse the reserve.
Five cottages, sleeping 20 people in total, may be hired. The cottages have no
electricity, but are provided with candles, gas fridges and cooking facilities.
Visitors should bring their own food and bedding. Three of the cottages are
equipped with bedding. Cottages must be vacated by 10:00 on the day of
departure. The lawn near the office complex at Vrede is set aside for tents and
caravans. Basic ablution and braai facilities are available for the visitors at
the cottages and campsite. Firewood can be purchased on the reserve.
- It is advisable to fill up with petrol before driving out to the reserve.
- The nearest shops are in Laingsburg and Ladismith (70 km).
- The gate at the main entrance (east) is not locked. However, entrance from
Montagu and Touws River must be arranged with the reserve office. These entrances
are only suitable for high clearance vehicles.
- Summer months can be uncomfortably hot.
- Current tariffs are available from the address below.
All hiking, horse-riding, mountain hiking, accommodation and camping should be
Breede River Bookings
PO Box 66
Tel: (028) 425 5020
Fax: (028) 425 5030
FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:
Anysberg Nature Reserve
Private Bag X117
Tel: (023) 5511922 (office manned on a temporary basis)
ENJOY YOUR VISIT!
Source: Cape Nature
Article Date: 17 May 2005