This quaint quiet little town is one of the largest contributors to the citrus economy bringing in close to R500 million in foreign revenue per year and considered locally as the citrus capital of the Eastern Cape. It is also the centre of one of the largest citrus regions in Southern Africa.
During the Citrus picking season (April to Sept), tractors with trailers brimming with oranges rumble into town and the local co-op literally churns with activity.
Kirkwood is known for its tranquility and vast open spaces, home to a variety of game lodges and colonial styled farmhouses.
An agricultural community in the heart of the Sundays River Valley, Kirkwood is surrounded by the Zuurberg Mountain Range, within close proximity to the town of Addo and the Addo Elephant National Park. There is a 9 hole golf course in the village and The Moravian Mission Station built for the Khoi at Enon in 1818 is also a must-see. A pitted gravel road leads to this pastoral village where sacraments are still given in the church with its yellowwood rafters, teak window frames and brass hanging lamps.
Within the surrounds of Kirkwood there is a large variety of activities on offer – quad biking, river safaris, zip-lining, hiking and horse trails, guided wildlife tours into the Addo National Park
Kirkwood hosts the annual Kirkwood Wildfees, a local festival which highlights a combination of tourism, conservation, agriculture, wildlife, artists and entertainment attracting around 30 000 attendees each year.