The Witteberg Nature Reserve is situated about 250 km from Cape Town in the heart of the Witteberg mountain range, midway between Touws River and Laingsburg and south-west of the historic Matjiesfontein village.
The reserve spans 4 365 hectares of mountainous terrain, being a transition zone from the Little Karoo to the Great Karoo.
Magical mountain scenery, Early Stone Age artefacts, cultural-historic structures and ruins, interesting geological formations, wildlife, bird life, lichens, marine trace fossils, three Matjiesfontein Fynbos vegetation types and clear night skies create a unique sense of place and ensure that there is something to interest all nature lovers.
Our main focus is the conservation of the Fynbos of the Witteberg.
You can visit us and stay in one of our self-catering accommodation units. You can also buy your own holiday home, together with a shareholding in this unique mountain retreat and Fynbos conservancy.
The following self-catering units are available: One 5-sleeper apartments (2 bedrooms with a sleeper coach in the living room); One 4-sleeper apartment (2 bedrooms); One 2-sleeper apartment (open plan); A rustic historic cottage sleeping up to 8 people and where camping is allowed.
Our self-catering units are fully furnished and equipped for self-catering purposes and include bed-linen and bath towels. There is cutlery, crockery and most of the kitchen utensils you’d require. Mobile braai units are available. Our water meets SABS standards for household use and human consumption. Just bring along your foodstuffs and drinks – there is no shop in the reserve, nor are any catering services offered.
A network of 4×4 mountain trails, covering about 44 km, provide access to all corners of the reserve. All the trails were originally constructed for flower harvesting purposes.
The main purpose of the trails at present is to provide access to the Fynbos of the Witteberg and to some remote heritage sites.
Three Witteberg vegetation units exist in the reserve, namely Matjiesfontein Shale Fynbos, Shale Renosterbosveld and Quartzite Fynbos.
Indigenous fauna on the property includes grey reebok, klipspringer, duiker, steenbok, aardwolf, aardvark, black-backed jackal, leopard, caracal, Cape fox, bat-eared fox.
The prolific bird life includes many colourful species of nectar sippers.
Each season in the Witteberg Private Nature Reserve has its own unique character and beauty.