Spitskop Nature Reserve, Northern Cape
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Camels, which used to be bred here, still roam among the wild Kalahari game at Spitskop.
Whether you are a day visitor or overnighting at the chalets or in a caravan at the Spitskop Nature Reserve, you should make a point of climbing the Spitskop hill at dawn or dusk, where you're likely to see a beautiful Kahalari sunrise or sunset.
The cooler hours are also advised because day temperatures in summer in this desert reserve can hit the 40 or 45-degrees Celsius mark.
A 10-15 minute walk up the reserve’s conical granite icon gets you to a viewing platform where you can absorb the landscape and animals of this 5 641-hectare reserve and see as far as the town of Upington, 13km away. Apart from the typical Kalahari game species, and predators such as the jackal and caracal, the bird species include the kori bustard, ostrich and Namaqua sandgrouse.
This private reserve is a popular stop-off for visitors en route to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, some 240km from here. Caravan sites with electricity and self-catering chalets are available.
It also attracts hunters from around the world for the annual cull, with monies earned invested back into the reserve. The owner of the reserve, Theuns Botha, is a professional hunter who knows the reserve intimately, having been here for 20 years.
The reserve offers three hiking trails of 5km, 7km and 12km, or you can drive a 37km route in any kind of vehicle (4x4s are not necessary) through the reserve on a good gravel road.
For those who enjoy a braai or barbecue, there are lapas (thatched shelters) offering respite from the midday heat.
Spitskop Nature Reserve is situated close to the Orange River and visitors often head for the water during the blistering hours. Several boat operators offer outings, a favourite being 'Sakkie se Arkie', which is based in Upington.
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Who to contact
Spitskop Nature Reserve
Tel: +27 (0)54 332 1336
Cell: +27 (0)82 445 8324