Gamkapoort Dam Cottages

Nestled at the mouth of the majestic Gamkapoort Canyon, overlooking the Gamka and Dwyka rivers, lies a wilderness beckoning you to leave your city life and experience the tranquility the Karoo has to offer.

The cottages lie in the Gamkapoort nature reserve which is located at the original entrance to Gamkaskloof (Die Hel). The constuction of the dam allowed for the creation of a nature reserve which is inhabited by mamals, insects, birds, and plants of a large variety.

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Activities

NOTE: All activities are undertaken at visitors own risk.

Photography

Plants, wildlife and scenery make this is a photographer’s paradise. Sunrises and sunsets are stunning, the mountains are on your doorstep and the dam is a backdrop of infinitesimal variety. This area will test your inventiveness. The dam and it’s surrounds abound with wildlife, some 110 bird species, a large variety of insects, reptiles, various antelope and predators.

Plantlife in this area is predominantly succulent.

Cycling

There is only one road in but it is worth the ride down – and if you are brave, fit or stupid – the ride back up again. Other rides include Seweweekspoort, 21Kms of down hill. This is mountain bike country.

Canoeing and Swimming

Canoeing is the only form of boating allowed on the dam. The two arms of the dam both stretch upstream for some 12Kms with the best birding being in the upper reaches. There is a wind factor in the summer months especially in the afternoons. Normal safety rules apply.

The dam is a brown water dam but swimming is a must in the summer. 

Swim at own risk.

Hiking

There are no official hiking trails but visitors are welcome to walk around the reserve. It is essential to talk to Fox before setting out as there are some places which are no go areas.

This is a photographers paradise, sunrises and sunsets are stunning, the mountains are on your doorstep and the dam is a backdrop of infinitesimal variety. Succulent plants abound. This area will test your inventiveness.

Accomodation

Price: R250 PPPN

5 cottages sleep a total of 20 persons

Electricity: No
Braai facilities: Yes

Kitchens contain a
2 plate gas cooker,
crockery and cutlery and
pots and pans

Bedrooms: each cottage has two bedrooms containing two single beds
Bed linen is provided.

Dining rooms/ lounges contain table and chairs.
Bathroom contain hot and cold water (baths only)

Honesty Shop containing basic items ie charcoal, long life milk, sugar, cool drinks etc.

NOTE: Please enquire about anything you wish to know before you arrive. Once you are here the nearest shopping centre is 70 Km away.

Escape the city to a place of contrasts

The daily call of the fish eagle is a reminder that you have left city life behind you.

Where are we?

Contact us

Postal Address

P.O.Box 389
Ladismith
Western Cape
6655

Fox Ledeboer

Mobile: 072 925 8421
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