Amathole Mountains Route – Katberg–Redsdale Forest Complex
About the Birding
The Katberg – Readsdale forest complex comprises roughly 20 000 hectares and lies along the eastern edge of the Winterberg Mountain range, close to the Amathole Mountains. The area is characterized by large pockets of indigenous Afromontane forest interspersed with pine or Eucalypt plantations, set in a spectacular landscape of waterfalls, clear streams and exposed grassy summits. A number of high peaks dominate the area including Katberg (1 828 m) and Devil Bellow’s Neck (1 726 m), which in winter are often dusted with snow.
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 Grahamstown: Travel north on the R67 to Fort Beaufort. Continue through Fort Beaufort and keep on the R67, passing Tidbury’s Toll. Look for a signed gravel road, the R351, to Katberg on your left, or follow signs to the Katberg Hotel. Beyond the hotel is the summit of the Katberg Pass. 4×4 is recommended.
Notable points of interest include:
Katberg hotel: -32.4910, 26.6800
Katberg forestry station: -32.4837, 26.6858