As we are relatively new to Bathurst we are trying to see as much of the area and local attractions as possible so we can explain to guests at Morley House first-hand what there is to do in the area. So, as it was a nice sunny day on Tuesday we decided to pack a picnic and head to Waters Meeting Nature Reserve.
This small reserve is only 4 km from Bathurst down the road opposite the Pig and Whistle towards Bradshaw’s Mill. Keep going on the dirt road until you reach the end and you will see the entrance to the park. The entrance fee is only R 20 per adult and R 10 for children and is open every day from 8am to 4pm.
After signing in we studied the information board and there are a few trails marked in the reserve. We decided on the 9km blue route, which is actually marked green on the map! Before setting off we had a quick look at the star of the show, the view of the ‘Horseshoe Bend’. The Kowie River flows through the reserve on its way to the Indian Ocean at Port Alfred and is a truly spectacular sight as it bends almost back on its self. The lookout point is very near the entrance and there is a picnic site here too, so if you aren’t into hiking it is well worth the trip.
However, we had come for a walk so we set off to find the blue trail. We walked down the road a couple of Kilometres until we came to the car park area and another sign board. We found the start of the trail off to the right and set off into the forest. It turned out to be a beautiful walk through forests, across streams and along the dam affording great vistas. We saw a variety of birdlife including the stunning Knysna turaco and a pair of African fish eagles circled above our heads. However, we heard many more birds than we saw. The reserve is also home to small antelope and mongoose.
The walk basically circumnavigated the dam along a clear trail and there are blue footprint makers every now and then to let you know you are on the right path. The second half of the walk found us high up on a ridge looking down on the Kowie River, a perfect spot for our picnic and a rest. The whole walk was fantastic and it took us a leisurely 3 hours to ramble round, we didn’t see another person all day. So if you fancy going for a hike near Bathurst, give Waters Meeting a go.
Steve and Emma are the owners of Morley House and we will keep you up to date with happenings at MH via this blog page.
Physical Address: Morley House 1521 Kowie Road, Bathurst, Eastern Cape 6166
Postal Address: PO Box 147 Bathurst, Eastern Cape 6166
Tel: +27(0)783536181 / +27(0)466250019
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