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Remote, rugged and carved by a network of streams, ravines and some of the country’s most superb hiking trails, the Groendal Nature Reserve is the 3rd largest wilderness conservation area on South Africa. Teeming with fynbos, indigenous forests, and a diverse collection of valley bushveld scrub, the reserve is also host to a number of paintings, archaeological artifacts and archaeological sites left behind by the Khoi-San people.

General Information

Gate Times:
08h00 - 16h30
Campsites (Peak)
R82 per adult | R36 per child
Campsites (Off-Peak)
R62 per adult | R30 per child
Rooikrans Lodge (Peak)
Base rate: 1 - 4 people: R727 + R160 per additional person
Rooikrans Lodge (Off-Peak)
Base rate: 1 - 4 people: R594 + R133 per additional person


  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Sanrock-art
  • Old graves and monument
  • HIKING: 16km Blindekloof Trail to Crystal Cavern Pool & shorter 4km circular trail
  • HIKING: 32km Upper Blindekloof Trail (advanced - 2 days sleep in tent or cave)
  • HIKING: Emerald Pool Trail to Groendal Dam (cross Swartskop river to Eel Cave)
  • HIKING: Dam Trail through riverine forest along Kwazunga river through the Aquilakloof

Nearby Attractions

  • Drostdy museum - Uitenhage
  • Auto Pavilion museum - Uitenhage
  • Island Nature reserve
  • Addo Elephant Park
  • Baviaanskloof world Heritage Site
  • Rock-art
  • Kwa-zunga catchment
  • Zipline and quadbike in Addo

Contact Info

Reserve Number
Reserve Manager
+27 41 991 9912
Lat: 33° 41′ 28.80
Long: 25° 16′ 2.71
Office hours
Gate Times::     08h00 - 16h30

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