The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Goegap Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Goegap Natuurreservaat

Visitors centre

Visitors centre at Goegap Nature Reserve outside Springbok

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Northern Cape

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.

Is Goegap Nature Reserve worth a visit?

Spring flowers

Above - Spring flowers

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Beautiful scenery at Goegap Nature Reserve

Above - Stunning scenery

Photo © Johan van Zyl

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

Bat-eared Fox

Black-backed Jackal

Black-footed Cat

Cape Fox

Cape Hare

Cape Porcupine


Chacma Baboon

Common Duiker


Hartmann's Mountain Zebra

Honey Badger


Rock Hyrax




Striped Polecat


Yellow Mongoose

References and further reading

The Rough Guide to Game Parks of South Africa - Author: P. Briggs - Published: 2020 - Page: 277

Things to do in Moer & Gone Places - Author: Jacques Marais - Published: 2015 - Page: 57

Top Birding Spots in Southern Africa - Author: Hugh Chittenden - Published: 1992 - Page: 212

The Living Deserts of Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Darry Lovegrove - Published: 2021 - Page: 244

Country Life - Issue 229 - Author: - Published: 2015 - Page: 83

Country Life - Issue 279 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 34

Essential Birding: Western South Africa - Author: Callan Cohen and Claire Spottiswoode - Published: 2000 - Page: 98

go! - Issue 086 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 72

go! - Issue 133 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 41

go! - Issue 189 - Author: - Published: 2023 - Page: 44

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 254

Places to Visit in Southern Africa - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1995 - Page: 319

Southern African Birdfinder - Author: Cohen, Spottiswoode and Rossouw - Published: 2006 - Page: 83

Stuarts Field Guide to National Parks & Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd ed - Author: Chris & Mathilde Stuart - Published: 2018 - Page: 268

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


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