Commando Drift

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With its home in the Eastern Cape hinterland, the Commando Drift Nature reserve covers an area of 6000ha’s forming part of the Commando Drift Dam. From scenic lakeside views, angling adventures and a variety of water sports, the Commando Drift Nature Reserve offers outdoor fun for everyone in search of leisure, adventure and RnR pastimes. Among the most striking features of the reserve is a series of spectacular dolerite and sandstone cliffs, as well as numerous popular hiking and off-road trails, including the Bushman and Endurance hiking trails and Palingkloof jeep track. A great biking destination, the mountain bike trail has a circular route and a number of alternative trails. It is fairly easy, but includes some challenging hills, rocky terrain and a few devil thorns!
Activity Permits

Activity permits are temporary form of permission giving private operators approval to host lawful activities within the protected area/ nature reserves.

These activities range from lifestyle events such as weddings, music festivals to adventure and nature based activities such as trail running, cycling, horse riding, canoeing etc. For more information, and to apply for an activity permit, please contact Ms Siyasanga Mabuyane or Mr Bulelani Silangwe at or

Please be advised that an approved activity permit can only be used once for the event/activity applied for.

General Information

Fish Eagle Cabins (2 Basic, electrified stone cabins with ablution facilities)
R374/cabin/night off peak , R448/cabin/night peak
Lake View Chalet (1 Bathroom, sleeps 4)
R741/night off peak, R814/night peak
Caravan Site (2 Caravan sites - electrified)
R240/site/night off peak, R270/night peak
Tent Site (6 Tent sites - with ablution facilities)
R224/site/night off peak, R254/site/night peak
Gate Times:
Summer: 06h00 - 19h00 ; Winter: 07h00 - 18h00


  • Hiking
  • Bushman Trail (6km)
  • Endurance Trail (28km circular)
  • Fishing
  • Boating (own boat)
  • Self-drive game viewing
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting
  • Birding
  • Rock-art paintings

Nearby Attractions

  • Cradock - Schreiner House museum, Olive Schreiner museum, Golf Club
  • Tarkastad - 4x4 trail
  • Commando Drift Dam
  • Rock-art
  • Bushman Trail
  • Cradock Four Garden of remembrance in Lingelihle
  • Mountain zebra National Park
  • Tarkastad rock engravings in Grootvlei
  • Tarkastad war memorial

Contact Info

Reserve Number
Reserve Manager
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