Great Fish River Reserve, Eastern Cape
The spectacularly beautiful Great Fish River Reserve lies in the valley of the Great Fish River, between the town of Grahamstown and Fort Beaufort, extending eastwards all the way to the Kieskama River. It is a malaria-free area of enormous potential that has managed thus far to remain largely off the major tourist radar, providing those who do visit an uncontested union with nature.
The Great Fish River Reserve is in fact a complex of three reserves that combine the Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve, the Double Drift Nature Reserve and the Sam Knott Nature Reserve into a large 45 000 hectare reserve of open succulent valley bushveld and a rugged terrain that not only provides some spectacular views, but an abundance of big game, like the hippo, kudu, Cape buffalo, elephant, lion and over 100 endangered black rhino – one of the fastest growing populations of the black rhino in South Africa.
The Great Fish River Reserve’s rugged landscape is bisected by the Great Fish River, a river of huge historical significance for the role it played as border during the Frontier Wars of 1779 - 1878 between the Dutch settlers and the Xhosa people. Beautiful riverine thicket forms a narrow band along the river’s banks allowing Cape bushwillow, karee and sweet thorn, as well as the endangered blue crane, a thriving environment in which to live.
Bucklands Luxury Tent Camp offers an intimate safari experience, located within the heart of Bucklands Private Game Reserve. In keeping with our Green environment policy, Bucklands Luxury Tent Camp is entirely powered by solar energy and is designed to capture the splendour of the surrounding valley. ...
Bucklands Rustic Tent Camp is set within an acacia thicket on the banks of the Great Fish River, within Bucklands Private Game Reserve. The camp overlooks lovely deep river pools, lined with reed beds, edged by fast flowing rapids; and is shadowed by beautiful tall cliffs forming part of the dramatic ...
At the Kwandwe Game Reserve, the stays of guests are planned to thrill with up close wildlife encounters combined with the comfort of luxurious accommodation and facilities. As dawn breaks over the African bush, a gentle tap on the door awakens guests to the delights of a new ...
Did you know?
This is the Eastern Cape in full splendour. Several forts remain within the Great Fish River Reserve to mark the sites of the conflict that ensued on this magnificent river that runs for well over 600 kilometres from its source until it meets the Indian Ocean.
game and nature reserves in the eastern cape