Great Fish River

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Pinned midway between Grahamstown and King Williams Town, the Great Fish River Nature Reserve is connected in a loop of conservation by the Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve, Double Drift Kudu Reserve and Double Drift Nature Reserve. Offering an authentic, malaria-free safari experience, visitors can expect to find prolific wildlife including cape buffalo, hippo and kudu, vast birding species and unspoilt African outdoors. The 45 000ha reserve is defined by significant plant biodiversity, ranging from sub-tropical thicket to savannah and grassland. It’s a birder’s paradise with 245 bird sightings. The Adam’s Krantz viewpoint over the twisting Fish river canyon is one of the most iconic Eastern Cape vistas. magnificent sunsets can be celebrated from a wooden deck perched on the cliff while the Double Drift picnic site alongside the river is the perfect spot for braais.
Activity Permits

Activity permits are temporary form of permission giving private operators approval to host lawful activities within the protected area/ nature reserves.

These activities range from lifestyle events such as weddings, music festivals to adventure and nature based activities such as trail running, cycling, horse riding, canoeing etc. For more information, and to apply for an activity permit, please contact Ms Siyasanga Mabuyane or Mr Bulelani Silangwe at or

Please be advised that an approved activity permit can only be used once for the event/activity applied for.

General Information

Mbabala Lodge Rooms 1-4: (Peak)
R1110 per room
Mbabala Lodge Rooms 1-4 (Off-Peak)
R741 per room
Nottingham Lodge Rooms 1-5 (Peak)
R1110 per room
Nottingham Lodge Rooms 1-5 (Off-Peak)
R741 per room
Mvubu Lodge Rooms 1-4 (Peak)
Mvubu Lodge Rooms 1-4 (Off-Peak)
Mvubu Chalets (Peak & Off-Peak)
Base rate (1-2 people) R771 + R361per person (Peak) | R771+ R143 per person (Off-Peak)
Gate Times
05h00 - 17h00 (All overnight visitors to make arrangements with reserve management for late entry)

Basil Kent Research Centre
Contact Eastern Cape Parks & Tourism Agency Reservations for more information


  • Self-drive game viewing
  • Wildlife photography
  • Kentucky hide
  • Game walks from Mvubu Lodge
  • Keiskamma cemetery
  • Adam Krantz viewpoint
  • Picknicking
  • Birding
  • Fortwiltshire

Nearby Attractions

  • Grahamstown
  • Private Game reserves

Contact Info

Reserve Number
+27(0)87 2866 545
Reserve Manager
+27(0)79 496 7883
Lat: -32.9
Long: 26.8
Office hours
:    08h00-16h30
:    08h00-16h00

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