Fish River – Great Fish River Reserve including Double Drift
About the Birding
The Great Fish River Reserve, located 38Km north-west from Grahamstown, protects over 45 000 hectares along the Fish River including large areas of scrub, thornveld, grassland and forest. The complex includes the Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve, Buckland’s Nature Reserve, Double Drift Nature Reserve and Sam Knott Nature Reserve. Together, these reserves host notable populations of several bird and mammal species. They are recommended for a day trip from the nearby town of Grahamstown, though overnight stays are possible in both self-catering and more luxurious accommodation options.
About the Birding Site
The Great Fish River is the Eastern Cape’s largest river system, running 644Km from source to mouth and draining a basin of some 30 366Km2. Originating to the east of the Karoo town of Graaf Rienet, the river runs past Cradock and Grahamstown before finally entering the Indian ocean near Seafield. Its main tributaries include the Groot Brak, Tarka, Kap and Little Fish Rivers with supplementary input from the Orange River through the Orange-Fish River tunnel system.
Other Related Information
From Grahamstown, travel north along the R67 in the direction of Fort Beaufort for roughly 31Km. Soon after Ecca Pass, turn to the right on an unpaved road at -33.1432, 26.6210. At -33.1477, 26.6414, turn to the left to reach the Kamadolo Gate. Once inside, the second road to the right leads to the Kwalamanzi Hide where it is permissible to exit the vehicle. Continuing beyond the hide will take you through Bucklands Farm, then back into the Sam Knott sector.