Waters Meeting Nature Reserve, Bathurst
The 174ha Waters Meeting Nature Reserve in the Eastern Cape lies between Bathhurst and Port Alfred, and is named for the part of the Kowie River several kilometres upstream where freshwater meets saltwater from the Kowie River Mouth.
There are three main hiking trails through the reserve, from 3 to 9km, through coastal thicket Animals you are likely to see include rock dassies, blue duiker, otters, Kudu, waterbuck and bushpig. There is also an abundance of birdlife, including fish eagles.
There is also picnic spots with braai areas and toilets on the riverbank. A steep hike up from the river will take you to a viewpoint with a beautiful view of the ‘horseshoe bend’ in the Kowie River.
Overnight accommodation is available in a forest hut as part of the Kowie River Canoe Trail which starts in Port Alfred 21km away.
Getting there: The Reserve can only be accessed from the Kowie River, from Port Alfred.
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