Witsand Nature Reserve
Few eco-destinations in the Northern Cape are as scenic as Witsand and its teeming bird life adds to its allure. Here you'll find birds such as the Kori Bustard (biggest flying bird in Africa), Namaqua sandgrouse, sociable weaver and Africa's smallest raptor - the pygmy falcon. Beside mammals such as gemsbok and springbok, Witsand is home to some particularly rare and interesting species, such as pangolin and aardvark. The name Witsand (White Sand) refers to the white dunes that lie within the reserve and are flanked by the red sands of the Kalahari. The white dunes at Witsand are famously known as The Roaring Sand or Brulsand and are one of the main attractions visitors hope to experience. In order to emit their characteristic sound, which may vary from a hum to a roar, the sand needs to be warm, dry and clean. This effect is the result of the intense friction build-up as the fine, even grains of sand are scoured together expelling the air trapped between them.
There are ample opportunities for birdwatching and game viewing in the reserve. Witsand is renowned for the fact that there are no restrictions where visitors can go on foot. There is a 3km WALKING TRAIL through the Kalahari veld, with 43 marked plant species. There are also dune boards and BICYCLES TO RENT. GUIDED TOURS can be organised (by prior arrangment). Photographic opportunities are endless, with dunes, blue skies and all the natural assets of Witsand. The region is also regarded as the finest in Africa for stargazing. There is also a swimming pool for day visitors and one for the exclusive use of chalet guests.
Nababiep Nature Reserve
Contrasting sharply with busy city streets, crowded restuarants and movie line queues, the Nababiep Nature Reserve is a place of respite and solitude. Blue skies somehow compliment the rugged stony terrain and make this desert place seem more alive, more free.
Nababiep is in the heart of the Richtersveld, a mountain desert that appears desolate and yet is full of life, small treasures and hidden wonders abound here. Both the fauna and flora of the region are hardy and well adjusted to survive in this climate.
There is no official accommodation within the Nababiep Nature Reserve, you will need to be fully self-sufficient to camp there and very imprtantly, you need to bring enough fresh water.
Goegap Nature Reserve
Known for its wonderful annual display of spring flowers and the Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden that showcases many Namakwa succulents, this reserve is about 15km southeast of Springbok. Bird lovers can search for Ludwig's bustard, the black eagle and the Cape eagle owl among the 94 bird species found here. The 45 mammal species including, Hartmann's mountain zebra, the gemsbok, springbok, klipspringer, duiker and steenbok are scattered througout the reserve.
Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve
Oorlogskloof Nature Reserve is situated about 16km from the town of Nieuwoudtville on the Bokkeveld Plateau. It is known for its hiking trails that winds through the river gorges, between interesting and unusual rock formations. There are a variety of trails from day hikes to
4 night/5 day hiking trails.