Amathole Mountains Route – Catchart and Queenstown
About the Birding
Situated in the rain shadow on the northern flanks of the Amathole Mountains, the Catchcart and Queenstown areas are some of the best grassland birding sites anywhere in the Eastern Cape. Grassland ecosystems support limited species diversity; however, several notable species can be found in this region in impressive numbers. A full day should be sufficient to cover this area and visits are best combined with other sites in the Amathole district, notably Stutterheim and/or Hogsback.
About the Birding Site
The Amathola Mountain range consists of a series of montane forest blocks, including several State forests, the Mpofu and Fort Fordyce nature reserves, surrounding fragmented urban and rural areas and montane grassland. The forest complex runs from Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve and Katberg State Forest in the west to Kologha State Forest and Fort Cunningham in the east and includes large State-owned forest blocks such as Katberg State Forest, Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve, …
Other Related Information
From Hogsback – continue along the R345 towards Cathcart. From there, follow the N6 from Cathcart to Queenstown, or take the R351 from Cathcart to Whittlesea.
Access and facilities:
Note that gravel road conditions are variable within the area and a vehicle with high clearance is recommended. Much of the area is privately owned and birding should be done entirely off the main roads, unless prior permission is obtained from farmers.