Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve

Contact Details
+27 (0)27 482 9922

Office Hours

Office Hours Mon-Fri:
07h30 - 16h00
Office Hours Saturday:
Office Hours Sunday & Public Holidays:

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S 32° 29’ 58’’ / E 19° 20’ 16’’

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Bird Watching
Day Hikes
Rock Art
Rock Formations
Rock Climbing
Seasonal Flowers

Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, proclaimed as a nature reserve in 2000 and a World Heritage Site in 2014, is situated on the drier eastern boundary of the Cederberg Mountains.

This 12 800ha reserve, formerly a productive farm, is situated in the ecotone between the Fynbos and Succulent Karoo biomes, increasing the fauna and flora diversity of the reserve along with its historic and archaeological heritage. The primary objectives of the reserve are to maintain the ecological systems & processes, specifically the ecotone process & patterns and to conserve genetic diversity and heritage of the area.

Activities at the reserve include rock art visits at the Stadsaal cave area and Truitjieskraal where you can follow a circular interpretive trail of 1.5 kilometres among the spectacular rock formations. Truitjieskraal is also famous for rock climbing.

You can get easy day access to these sites by purchasing a permit at any of the tourism offices in the Cederberg Conservancy.

Due to the cold winters the flower season at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve and neighbouring farms last much later, usually till end October with breath-taking displays of purple vygies and yellow daisies. The diversity of the area also offers good opportunities for bird watching. Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve is home to an active breading pair of Black eagles (Aquila verreauxii) which are often seen soaring on the thermals above the reserve.

No accommodation is available at Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve.

Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve houses the Cape Leopard Trust, the offices of the Cederberg Conservancy and the Red Cederberg Karoo Park are also based here.

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Conservation projects

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Cape Leopard Trust

The Cape Leopard Trust (CLT) was established with the primary objective to facilitate and promote research and conservation of the Cape’s predator diversity.


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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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Biodiversity & Wine Initiative

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


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Waste Management Strategy

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


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.