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Oviston to Commandodrift

Via Steynsburg and Tarkastad
Distance 212 km.

Upon leaving Oviston early, we were thinking about the facilities available to tourists at Oviston and wondered what will be offered at Commandodrift. While not bad, we thought the facilities and service could have been more professional at Oviston.

The road via Steynsburg and Tarkastad was quiet and we could enjoy the wide Karoo spaces that reminded us so much about southern Namibia. Only more tar and fences to indicate that we were still in South Africa.

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Posted on 6 March 2008 by Linx

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Oviston to Kommandodrift

Commando Drift truly a fishermen and hikers' paradise.

The reserve, which covers 5983 ha, is situated 58km from Cradock and 40km from Tarkastad on the Cradock/Tarkastad gravel road.

This scenic nature reserve is ideal for Fishermen, Hikers and others who just want to relax in nature.

Accommodation consists of the Fish Eagle Cabins, which are situated right next to the dam, making it almost possible to cast in from your front porch!

For anglers who just want to visit for a day, there are little rondavels near the waterside where they can offload and wash their catch.

For hikers, the hiking trail hut is called the Endurance Trail Hut and it was built in a beautiful natural area.

The hut can also be reached by high-clearance vehicles, making it possible for 4x4 enthusiasts and hikers to use the hut for a nature experience in almost complete solitude.

The area where the trail is situated is frequented by large herds of plains game, creating the opportunity for good game-viewing.

The neat and friendly little Lake View Chalet is ideal for nature lovers who want to spend time in a natural setting, with the sound of the Fish Eagle filling the air from time to time. The chalet is a great base from where a hike can be started to the Endurance Trail Hut or game drives to the Springbok flats.

For those who love caravanning and camping, there is a neat, grassed caravan and camping site with a great view over the dam and the mountains.

Game, most of which have been reintroduced to the area, include the following: Cape Mountain Zebra, Black Wildebeest, Red Hartebeest, Springbuck and Kudu.

Activities includes Fishing, Game viewing, Mountain biking, 4x4 trails, Thatched picnic sites, Caravan and camping, Boating, Swimming and Hiking

Read our first hand experience of the reserve at the top left corner of this page.

Reservations: Head Office Tel: +27 (0)43 742 4450 Fax: +27 (0)43 742 5566 email: reservations@ecparksboard.co.za