The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Commando Drift Nature Reserve

Afrikaans name: Kommandodrif-natuurreservaat

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Eastern Cape

The Commando Drift Nature Reserve is approximately 5,900 hectares in extent. The habitat is a mixture of Karoo veld and grassland.

The reserve completely surrounds the Commando Drift Dam. The dam is fed by a number of rivers including the Elands, Vlekpoort and Tarka rivers.

Mammals to be found include Cape Mountain Zebra, Red Hartebeest, Black Wildebeest and Blesbok. The reserve boasts a fairly good bird list of around 200 species which includes many waterbirds. There are trails for hikers and mountain bikers.

There is a variety of accommodation in the reserve in the form of chalets and camping and caravan sites. Booking can be done through the Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency.

To get to the reserve take the tar road between Cradock and Tarkastad. The turnoff is approximately 30 km before Tarkastad. You then travel 5 km along a dirt road to the entrance.

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Mammals of Commando Drift 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 Wildebeest

Black-backed Jackal

Black-footed Cat


Cape Clawless Otter

Cape Fox

Cape Hare

Cape Mountain Zebra

Cape Porcupine


Chacma Baboon

Common Duiker


Mountain Reedbuck

Red Hartebeest

Rock Hyrax

Scrub Hare

South African Hedgehog




Striped Polecat


Vervet Monkey

Water Mongoose

Wild Cat

Yellow Mongoose

References and further reading

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 176

Getaway - Vol 31 No 09 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 91

Chris and Tilde Stuarts Guide to Southern African Game and Nature Reserves - Author: Chris and Tilde Stuart - Published: 1989 - Page: 185


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