Mpofu Nature Reserve


Covering +/-15 000ha, the reserve is situated 25km northwest of Fort Beaufort, on the escarpment and
lower valleys of the Amathole catchment, with magnificent views of the Katberg and Amathole Mountains.
Comprising Mpofu, Fort Fordyce and Bosnek, the reserve is of great cultural and historical significance,
with incredible San rock-art and sites of the 8th Frontier War. The remnants of two forts built during the
Frontier Wars can be seen on the high ground of Horseshoe Valley. Both became known as Fort Fordyce,
after Lieutenant Colonel John Fordyce who was shot and killed by Xhosa warriors during the attack in 1851
on Chief Maqoma - the most renowned Xhosa chief of the Frontier Wars. Fullers Hoek is a kloof with huge
caves used by Maqoma and his followers as a hide out.
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.


Rates Applicable April 2024 - March 2025:
Mpofu Lodge – Rooms ★★★: R482.00/room/night off peak, R963.00/room/night peak
Daily Conservation Fees Applicable to both day and overnight visitors:
Child(under 12 years and younger):R11.00
Optional Extras:
Meeting / Conference Facilities: Maximum Capacity 15 persons, R719.00/day

Self game viewing
morning drive R180 adult//R93 child
day drive R141 adult/R75

Nature Reserve is accessible by 4x4 vehicle


Beaufort drive 10km on the R67 towards
Queenstown. Turn left to Fort Fordyce.
Drive 1km and turn left again. Drive 12km
up a mountain pass to Fort Fordyce
Section Office.
MPOFU SECTION – from Fort Beaufort
drive 12km on the R67 towards
Queenstown. Turn left at the Post Retief
turn off. Drive 12km up a mountain pass
until you get to the sign stating Mpofu
Office. Turn left and continue for 2km
until you get to the Mpofu Section Office.

South Africa
Road Conditions: 
Vehicle with High Ground Clearance (call the reserve to check suitability of vehicle and road conditions)

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