About The Kap River Nature Reserve

The Kap River Nature Reserve is a diverse reserve spanning 670 ha, 28 km East of Port Alfred. The reserve offers something for nature lovers, birding enthusiasts, hikers, mountain bikers and canoeists, thanks to its sub-tropical vegetation, lush forests, two rivers, natural diversity, birds and wild animals.

There are over 300 bird species in the reserve, which can be viewed along the 7km long hiking trail, leading to Kap River forest and the Fish River flood plain. The reserve is flanked by the Kap River and the Fish River, resulting in rich diversity within the floral kingdom, from cycads and stunning colourful flowers, through to ancient huge trees.

Birds species attract birding enthusiasts from far and wide, with birds such as heron, martial eagle, hornbill, lanner falcons, African finfoot, black-headed herons, rock kestrel, fish and crowned eagle. The animal diversity is spectacular too, with red hartebeest, impala, duiker, zebra, reedbuck, giraffe, bushbuck and warthog roaming the reserve.

Mountain bikers will be pleased with the biking conditions, the thrilling landscape, unforgettable views and challenging off-road opportunities. Although there are no formal trails mapped out, bikers will be able to cycle and manouver themselves along gravel tracks. The Kap River also makes for perfect canoeing territory – bookings can be made at the main office.

Anglers will be pleased that angling is on offer at the reserve, and there are several picnic sites from which to enjoy the scenery – perfect for a day trip.

Need to Know

WherePort Alfred, Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape.

WhenBest during daylight hours.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)46 624-1140

OvernightThe closest town is Port Alfred, in Eastern Cape

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