Friends of the Great Fish River

The Friends of the Great Fish River was launched in May 2007 at the Basil Kent Research and Education Centre (the old Grasslands homestead) on the Reserve. The Kent family – who are descendants of the 1820 British Settlers – were instrumental in establishing the Great Fish River Reserve in the 1970s, expressly for the conservation of the elegant antelope, the kudu. The old Grasslands homestead was later renovated as a research and education centre and named after him. The reserve constitutes nearly 45,000 hectares of subtropical thicket, home to mega-herbivores such as kudu and buffalo. The Reserve is unlike many others in that it also has a fascinating historical heritage for visitors to explore, along with many kilometres of the Great Fish River that runs through the Reserve.

Make contact: Mike Bandey on 082 643 7050, jandm(at)

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