Fort Beaufort lies at the confluence of the Kat and Brak rivers between the Keiskamma and Great Fish rivers. Originally a military garrison, Fort Beaufort boasts many fine buildings dating back to the Frontier wars like the Martello Tower This tower is a circular fort of the kind usually erected as part of a coastal defence system.
The old Victorian barracks is probably the finest to be found anywhere outside the United Kingdom. The British named it Fort Beaufort to honour the Duke of Beaufort, father of Lord Charles Henry Somerset, first British governor of the Cape Colony (1814 to 1826).
Fort Beaufort is an excellent base from which to explore the fascinating Kat River Valley and the surrounding Katberg and Amatola Mountains which saw some of the heaviest fightings anywhere in South Africa.
The Katriver valley is filled with rivers, forests, waterfalls and deep ravines that invite hiking and languid walks through wide open spaces.
Fort Fordyce Nature Reserve, just 25 kilometres from Fort Beaufort, between the town and Adelaide – has as its main purpose the conservation and protection of the scarce Dohne sourveld, the surrounding Afro-montane forests and the biodiversity of the area.
It is a wonderful place to visit if you’re even vaguely a horse lover or rider. All of your nature and game viewing can be done on horseback, including guided tuition from some very knowledgeable horse handlers/ The reserve is also a wonderful base for hiking and bass fishing is very popular.
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