Goegap Nature Reserve
Visitors centre at Goegap Nature Reserve outside Springbok
In 1966 the Cape Provincial Administration proclaimed, what we now know as Goegap Nature Reserve, as the Hester Malan Nature Reserve. Initially the reserve was 4,600 hectares in extent but has been expanded to nearly 15,000 hectares. The name 'Goegap' comes from the Nama word for 'waterhole'.
The reserve is situated near Springbok in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.
The spring flowers are definitely the highlight for most visitors but there is plenty of other things to see and do. Over 45 species of mammals have been recorded in the reserve and nearly 100 species of birds. Amongst the mammals the Hartmann's Mountain Zebra, Honey Badger and Aardwolf are of particular interest.
There are hiking trails, 4x4 and mountain bike routes and normal roads giving visitors a variety of options for exploring the park.
Above - Spring flowers
Above - Stunning scenery
Mammals of Goegap Nature Reserve
Please note that this is only a guide and, while we have made every effort to be accurate, we can't be held responsible for any errors.
Antbear / Aardvark
Hartmann's Mountain Zebra
References and further readingTop Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 212
Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Published: 2015 - Page: 57
The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 244
Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of Southe - Author: Editor - Alan Duggan - Published: 1991 - Page: 254
go! - Issue 133 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 41
Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 319
go! - Issue 086 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 72
Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 98
Country Life - Issue 176 - Author: - Published: 2011 - Page: 21
Atlas of National Parks and Reserves of South Africa - Author: Marielle Renssen - Published: 2006 - Page: 46
Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 253