The Klein Karoo is home to a multitude of indigenous fauna and flora. We offer a variety of outdoor activities for visitors and guests of all ages to enjoy. Whether it may be a scenic drive (with the possibility of seeing some wildlife) , a refreshing swim in one of the many natural rock pools or just having a picnic under the stars at the top of a mountain, you are sure to find many ways to immerse yourself in nature at Drie Kuilen. Drie Kuilen does not offer any hunting activities.
We recommend embarking on a scenic drive with one of our nature conservators to experience the beauty of the reserve as well as possibly spotting some wildlife. There are numerous different types of antelope which can be seen, such as gemsbok, bontebok, springbok and more. A sight not to miss is the highly endangered Cape mountain zebra – an animal which once roamed freely in the Western Cape. Guided scenic drives in and around the reserve are excellent for groups, families and couples.
Drie Kuilen boasts several different walking and hiking trails, with a little something for everybody. There are 4300 ha of wide open spaces with views and sights being in abundance. Be sure to stop off at the Zebra Trail pools for a refreshing swim after an invigorating hike.
Experienced and the not so experienced mountain bikers can be spoiled with sightings of game and amazing views of the Koo Valley towards Montague or towards Anysberg and Touws River. Cyclist are free to explore the whole reserve and exclusive cycle trails are in the pipeline.
Day Visitors and Guests
Should you be visiting us in a 4×4 vehicle, we have the option of letting you embark on a self-drive safari – where you can encounter vast landscapes, scenic beauty and wildlife on your own time, without the use of a guide and in your own vehicle. Guests can also visit the freshwater rock pools, where having a refreshing swim in them is the perfect way to start the day. Please refer to our rates page for relevant fees.
Our family-friendly reserve focuses on conservation, with all of the activities offered in line with how nature intended.
Over millennia the landscape on the reserve has been moulded by varying weather patterns and rock formations here come in interesting shapes and sizes, with a notable formations being the Face, Castle, Parrot, Turtle and Monkeys.
A trip to the stone ruins can be taken, where one can view the remains of what was once one of the first homesteads in the area. This fascinating sight is a reminder of how remote the location is.
The reserve is home to a variety of birds which are delightful to watch and identify. Red-knobbed coots and other aquatic birds reside on the dam too.
There are numerous picnic spots available on the reserve, one of the most enjoyable being at the top of our tallest mountain – its summit being 400 meters higher than Table Mountain! An evening picnic under the magnificent starry sky makes for an ideal setting to get engaged. Currently we do not have any catering services on the reserve but please enquire and we can see where we can assist.
A fascinating aspect of Drie Kuilen is the rock art that is present here. Three sites have been discovered thus far. Please enquire about the availability of this activity as floods have recently washed away part of the route which is used to access the rock art site. Due to the sensitivity of the site, all groups need to be accompanied to view the rock art.