Greater George – Outeniqua Nature Reserve (Witfontein Forest)
About the Birding
Forest birding is what Witfontein is best known for, however, for those who are slightly more fit, there are also fast tracks of Fynbos to be explored. A network of trails can be used to get to these forest patches (and also to the Fynbos), and they can be accessed from several points, but the best is to start at the Witfontein Forest Station (-33.935624, 22.427418) and you should get a permit at the office (entry is free). Several walking trails start at the office parking area (and maps are usually available at the office).
About the Birding Site
Situated along a broad coastal plain with a backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, which overlook farmlands, wooded gorges, coastal forests, fynbos covered mountain passes and a section of the dry Klein Karoo providing a mosaic of birding habitats.
Other Related Information
There have been several robberies in the plantation South of the lower contour route, so please take care to go in groups and take any safety precautions you deem necessary (pepper-spray etc).