Bakkrans Nature Reserve

Contact Details

J van der Westhuizen
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+27 83 261 1934
+27 27 482 2815 or +27 23 004 0265
or +27 21 433 0201

Office Hours

Office Hours Mon-Fri:
08h00 - 23h00
Office Hours Saturday:
08h00 - 23h00
Office Hours Sunday & Public Holidays:
08h00 - 23h00

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How to get there

We will transport you to Bakkrans (from Keurbosfontein farm) at no extra cost, if you do not have your own 4x4 available.

A visit to Bakkrans makes ±80 kms of superb 4x4 tracks available to those of you who wish to travel in your own vehicles.


S 32° 24’ 29’’ / E 19° 21’ 26’’

P O Box 50641, Waterfront, Cape Town. 8002

Weather forecast: Bakkrans Nature Reserve


Bird Watching
4 x 4 Route
Day Hikes
Overnight Hikes
Game Viewing
Historical Buildings
Mountain Biking
Rock Art
Rock Formations
Seasonal Flowers

A remote and private retreat. A different and exceptional Cederberg experience!

Bakkrans Nature Reserve is a unique Cederberg offering for visitors. When you reserve accommodation at Bakkrans, you get a private retreat where we guarantee total exclusivity and seclusion to you and your friends only, at no extra cost. We undertake not to take in any other visitors while you are staying with us, regardless of how many cottages you book or occupy. The entire reserve and its facilities are therefore allocated to you exclusively, to explore and enjoy in total privacy.

Bakkrans also offers a totally new way of experiencing the Cederberg. It’s an unspoilt, tranquil 6000ha wilderness where the highly endangered Cape Mountain Zebra and Cape Mountain Leopard roam freely. Bakkrans is the very first research site of the Cape Leopard Trust, where they photographed and collared their first leopard.

It is a remote wilderness which nestles deep in the rugged eastern Red Cederberg Succulent Karoo Park, where the true lover of the outdoors can get back to nature as it should be. It has magnificent mountain ranges with a rich and diverse variety of plant species, indigenous game, birds and other wildlife. Its earlier human history is captured in rock paintings that are thousands of years old. Artefacts that are thought to be ±100 000 years old have been found here.


A visit to Bakkrans is very far removed from your everyday tourist fare. The houses are traditionally thatched, stone-walled veld cottages, built with materials that were mostly obtained from the reserve.

These self-catering stone cottages are unobtrusive and blend in perfectly with the natural surroundings. We have furnished them with furniture to reflect the lifestyle of herders, who stayed in this area during a bygone Cape frontier era. In all, the accommodation here is unpretentious, but comfortable with crisp white linen.

Be sure to read

This is a very short summary of what Bakkrans has to offer to visitors.

Please be sure to visit for a much more complete description and picture galleries about this magnificent reserve.


Conservation projects

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SOB Data Collections

CapeNature launched its State of Biodiversity Programme to assess and monitor the state of biodiversity in the Western Cape in 1999.


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Waste Management Strategy

The Cederberg Conservancy does not have the benefit of municipal waste removal services.


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Open Days & Awareness

The Cederberg Conservancy hosts an annual Open Day to raise awareness among the farming community and to promote conservation initiatives.


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Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

The Biodiversity & Wine Initiative is a partnership between the South African wine industry and the conservation sector.


About Cederberg Conservancy

  • The Cederberg Conservancy was constituted in 1997 as a voluntary agreement between landowners to manage the environment in a sustainable manner. It consolidates 22 properties in the central Cederberg as one of the core corridors of the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor and it is active through quarterly meetings and awareness days.

    Visitors to the area can engage in bird watching or easy hikes to the Stadsaal cave and Elephant rock art. For the more adventurous visitor the Conservancy offers Mountain bike trails or overnight hiking trials that vary from one to five nights, depending on your level of fitness and ability.