There are a wide selection of guided nature walks available offering different trails and levels of difficulty.
Gideon Scheepers Trail
This trail starts from the Gideon Scheepers Memorial roughly 3km outside of Graaff-Reinet on the Murraysberg Road. The trail zigzag’s up the foot of the mountain and levels out, displaying a magnificent view of Nqweba Dam and the surrounding area. Numerous antelope can be encountered along the route, such as Kudu and Hartebeest.
The Eerstefontein Day Walk
There are three different options for visitors to choose from which vary in difficulty with the maximum duration of the tour being six hours long.
- The first option is to walk to Eerstefontein (at the base of the ‘pan-handle’ located on the fringe of the town) and back, a distance of about five kilometers, passing through Spandaunek at 935m. Following the route hikers experience a wide change in vegetation and different species of birds that are representative of the Karoo.
- The second option extends your walk to Agterstefontein where hikers are guaranteed of numerous wildlife sightings, including Kudu, Cape Mountain Zebra, Mountain Rheebuck, Springbok, Baboons and perhaps a Bat-eared Fox among many other species.
- Hikers who decide to do the entire full day route (a total distance of 16 km) continue with the trail climbing to the top of Akkediskrans along a twisting pathway between large dolerite boulders with many mountain plum, cabbage and Shepard’s trees. From this point it is a fairly level walk along a doleritic terrace until dropping downhill into Wildebeeskom. From here the trail follows an old game path along the alluvial sediments of a flat-bottomed watershed which originates at Spandaunek – the base of the ‘pan-handle’.
This is a scenic route which stretches approximately 12km and is situated on the Eastern-side of the Camdeboo National Park with plenty of wildlife to view along the way. The trail can be strenuous during the hot summer with a 510m gain in altitude from 784m at the start to 1284m.