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About Aardvark Bioreserve

Aardvark Bioreserve is a 4900-hectare escape in Ladismith in the scenic Little Karoo region of the Western Cape, just 3.5 hours from Cape Town. This nature and farm-to-table family venture combines conservation, luxury accommodation, and organic delights, set in the Succulent Karoo Biome. Aardvark Bioreserve is both a game reserve and a working farm, offering a space to unwind in tranquil surroundings. Experience the Klein Karoo in its full glory with the unique off-the-grid cottages, each equipped with a wood-fired hot tub, luxury linen, and a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering ease. Explore the reserve on the exceptional hiking and mountain bike trails, culminating your day with sundowners against the backdrop of the Swartberg Mountains. Immerse yourself in the unique ecosystem, spotting Springbuck, Eland, Giraffes, and even the elusive Aardvark.

Aardvark Bioreserve Setting

Situated on the R323 between Ladismith and Riversdale in South Africa, Aardvark Bioreserve provides exclusive access to famous MTB and hiking trails amidst the Klein Karoo's natural beauty. The Succulent Karoo Biome, known for its unique flora, is a canvas for unforgettable experiences. Enjoy starry nights in your wood-fired hot tub and savour organic farm-to-table products, from free-range chicken to ostrich meat. Aardvark Bioreserve is passionate about conservation, local produce, and offering guests the chance to reconnect with nature in the beautiful Klein Karoo landscape. Whether you're a nature lover, mountain biking enthusiast, or looking for a peaceful retreat, this reserve invites you to relax, recharge, and revel in the sights and sounds of the Klein Karoo.

What's included

  • Accommodation

Frequently asked questions

  • Is there a restaurant on the property?

  • Are there any animals on the reserve?

  • Does each cottage have a hot tub?

  • Is there WIFI?

  • What is the child policy?


  • Peaceful and quiet

    We loved everything about our peaceful stay. The facilities were modern with everything we needed. Beautiful location and awesome MTB routes. The hosts were wonderful and went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. We will be back.

    Conservio.com review

    J. Thompson

  • Truly special location

    We were made to feel exceptionally welcome. The hosts are wonderful! The chance to purchase fresh vegetables directly from the farm is just one of the reasons that made our stay so enjoyable. We had a fantastic time combining our stay with mountain bike tours through vast and breathtaking landscapes, with amazing trails. We were fortunate enough to spot some wild animals too. The location is truly special, and the accommodation feels incredibly comfortable.

    Conservio.com review

    F. Savio

Aardvark Bioreserve impact highlights

Aardvark Bioreserve is making a remarkable impact on the environment, focusing on the conservation of the Succulent Karoo Biome within the Klein Karoo. Recognized as a biodiversity hotspot, this region is home to diverse succulent plants, including species from the Mesembryanthemaceae family showcased in the conservatory. The Quartz Field, a product of over 500 million years of geological processes, is a key element in conserving the Succulent Karoo, providing a unique microhabitat. Aardvark Bioreserve actively promotes biodiversity, fostering habitats for insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals, with a special emphasis on the essential role of the Aardvark as an "ecosystem digger," creating burrows crucial for sheltering various animals.

The commitment of Aardvark Bioreserve extends to sustainable practices, including organic farming, freshwater dam creation, and a farm-to-table initiative. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the owners returned to South Africa, took the farm off the grid, and implemented these transformative measures. Collaborating with organizations such as WWF, Cape Nature, and the Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve, Aardvark Bioreserve stands as a shining example of holistic conservation, showcasing the synergy between environmental and social sustainability. Through hosting guests, the reserve not only shares the wonders of the outdoors but also generates resources crucial for sustaining its impactful conservation efforts.

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