Mpofu – Fort Fordyce

Perched on the Amatola escarpment, the Mpofu Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve serves up staggering views of surrounding landscapes encapsulating the Katberg and Hogsback mountains. Conveying historic accounts from the past, the area is graffitied with ancient San rock paintings and evidence of central escarpment. The indigenous forest hosts amongst the most diverse and richest species in southern Africa and the reserve serves as an excellent birding destination. Bass fishing is a popular activity as is rock climbing – Fort Fordyce features ten bolted routes with names like the Fever ward, the Labour ward and the more mojo Sector.
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

Mpofu Lodge 1-5 Rooms (Off-Peak)
Mpofu Lodge 1-5 Rooms (Peak)
Meeting / Conference Facilities: Maximum Capacity 15 persons,
Fort Fordyce Maqoma Den (Off-Peak)
Fort Fordyce Maqoma Den (Peak)
Harris Hut (Off-Peak)
Harris Hut (Peak)
Louries Rest (Off-Peak)
Basic Rate: R830 (1-4 people) & R173 per additional person
Louries Rest (Peak)
Basic Rate: R830 (1-4 people) & R180 per additional person
Phakamisa Hut (Off-Peak)
Basic Rate: R830 (1-4 people) & R173 per additional person
Phakamisa Hut (Peak)
Basic Rate: R830 (1-4 people) & R180 per additional person


  • Camping
  • Rockclimbing (by management approval only)
  • Self-drive game viewing
  • Hiking - 3hrs to full day
  • Fishing - catch and release bass fishing [only ‘dry bait’ (lures and spinners) permitted.]
  • Educational tours on request
  • San rock-art viewing
  • Fullers Hoek caves
  • Historic sites

Nearby Attractions

  • Horseriding
  • Fuller’s Hoek Pass
  • Amathole Museum
  • Katberg Hiking Trail

Contact Info

Reserve Number
Reserve Manager
Lat: -25.7757524
Long: 28.3041047
Office hours
weekdays :    08:00 to 14:00
weekends :    08:00 to 16:30

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