Forest Buzzard Trail

Located on the Outeniqua Nature Reserve (Cape Nature), the Forest Buzzard Trail is an easy circular route through parts of the Witfontein pine plantation and some indigenous forest. The trail starts at the Witfontein forestry station.  It winds through the pine trees and into indigenous forest past a small dam. Expect some steep climbs at the start. Ideal for a family outing. 

Permits: Self-issue permits are free and can be obtained from the foyer of the office at the start of the trails.

Alternatively a permit will be issued by Cape Nature at the main gate during office hours. Please adhere to the rules of the reserve at all times and respect others and nature.

How to get there

The route starts at the Witfontein forestry station at Cape Nature’s Outeniqua Nature Reserve

Take the N12 to Oudtshoorn (towards the Outeniqua Pass). Just outside George (800m from the traffic circle at the Engen Eco Stop) turn right at the Montagu Pass / Outeniqua sign. Shortly after turning here turn right again into the Witfontein Forestry plantation. Sign in at the boom gate. Entry is free.

Cape Nature Contact Centre: 087 087 8250

Outeniqua Nature Reserve General information

Office hours: 07:30–16:00

Tel: 087 087 4151

Start Coordinates: (DD) -33.935678 ; 22.426987
Start/FinishWitfontein Forest Station
Distance± 2.7 km
Elevation Gain± 110 m
Perceived ExertionEasy
Trail SystemOuteniqua
SurfaceHiking trail
Plantation road
Route MarkersYes
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Trail Running± 15 m — 30 m
Hiking± 45 m — 1 h 30 m


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