Great Fish River Complex, South Africa

The Great Fish River Complex is made up of rugged hill country, succulent bushveld in the valleys and scenic rivers courses.This protected wilderness area lies in the Great Fish River Valley, some 38km from Grahamstown, and is actually a combination of three reserves i.e. the Double Drift Game Reserve, the Sam Knott Nature Reserve and the Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve.The Great Fish River Complex (formerly Kudu Reserve) covers some 45 000 ha and offers splendid views of river gorges, rugged hills and dense semi succulent scrub known as Valley Bushveld. There are several species of antelope including Eland, Kudu and Springbok as well as Buffalo, Black rhino, Zebra, Giraffe and Hippo.Troops of baboons and monkeys are common, while a sighting of the elusive leopard or shy Cape clawless otter is a bonus. The bird watching is rewarding and some 200 species have been recorded in the area, with good viewing of various water birds and raptors.Accommodation in the park varies from self-catering bungalows to luxury lodges. Activities include game viewing, bird watching, hiking and fishing. There are several forts in the area that bear testimony to the many frontier wars that took place between the Xhosa and the European settlers during the 1800s which will be of interest to those who are historically inclined.

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