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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.
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

Gate Times:
08h00 - 16h30
Campsites (Peak)
R93 per adult | R41 per child
Campsites (Off-Peak)
R71 per adult | R34 per child
Rooikrans Lodge (Peak)
Base rate: 1 - 4 people: R814 + R180 per additional person
Rooikrans Lodge (Off-Peak)
Base rate: 1 - 4 people: R666 + R150 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
Lat: 33° 41′ 28.80
Long: 25° 16′ 2.71
Office hours
Gate Times::     08h00 - 16h30

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