Great Fish River Nature Reserve, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Visit this Eastern Cape Nature Reserve and discover a wonderful wilderness in historic frontier country which is rich with reminders of the past. Game watching and other great activities can be enjoyed here.
Accommodation: Excellent self-catering lodges and chalets
Activities: Guided game drives, walking trails, educational tours, Bushmen rock paintings, bird watching, picnics, driving routes
Highlights: Comfortable settler-style accommodation and guided game watching
Destination: Between Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape
Families, groups and those looking for a small conference destination will especially enjoy this Eastern Cape Nature Reserve. Character lodges and chalets set in scenic surrounds make the Great Fish River Nature Reserve a special getaway any time of the year.
A combination of 3 smaller wilderness areas joined by a circular route create the Great Fish River Nature Reserve, which covers around 45 000 hectares. The reserve is made up of rugged hill country, succulent bushveld in the valleys and scenic rivers courses.
At the crossroads between Settler and Xhosa lands where conflict occurred many years ago, this reserve hosts historic buildings and grave sites from that time. Visitors can see forts and fortified homesteads, signalling towers and barracks while enjoying game watching excursions and other explorations in this area.
Diverse habitats in this reserve are home to abundant wildlife. You could see Black Rhino, Elephant, Cape Buffalo, Black Backed Jackal, Hippo and Burchells Zebra amongst a host of other antelope species.
Combined Nature Conservation
The Great Fish River Nature Reserve is a combination of 3 Eastern Cape conservation areas connected by a circular road route, namely the Sam Knott Nature Reserve, Double Drift Nature Reserve and Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve.