Eastern Cape Birding

Birding Routes in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

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World renowned for its rugged coastline and the Otter Trail, the Storms River section of the Garden Route National Park is also a prime bird-watching spot in the Eastern Cape. Mountain fynbos, coastal forest and a rocky coastline provide a diverse habitat for a large variety of birdlife including Chorister Robin-Chat and Knysna Turaco. For the lucky, Cape Clawless...
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A broad, glistening white smile greeted me warmly as I arrived at the entrance gate to the Garden Route National Park and Storms River Mouth Rest Camp. After paying my entrance fees I drove into an extremely well maintained reserve with dense ancient coastal forests lining the roadsides where relaxed Bushbuck foraged in the shadows and the constant sound...
Male collared sunbird by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
With dense coastal forests extending right down to the beachfront, expansive misty grasslands and numerous estuaries flowing into the sea, it felt more like I was in some remote West African destination than standing in the middle of a shallow estuary mouth within the Dwesa Nature Reserve on the Wild Coast of South Africa.
African penguin coming ashore by wildlife and conservation photographer Peter Chadwick
Algoa Bay is home to 45% of the worlds remaining African Penguin population and up to 68% of the worlds Cape Gannets with numbers rapidly decreasing in both populations. These figures really hit me hard as I joined the dedicated team of South African National Park rangers on their boat patrol of the bay. SANParks is looking at declaring...
Larks and pipits are, as I am sure they are to many a birder, my weak point and I had decided to brush up on these confusing species by making a trip to the montane grassveld of the Mountain Zebra National Park. This area is striking in its scenic beauty with its typical karoo flat-topped hills and open vistas....
The scene was not unlike rush hour traffic at a city intersection, where the traffic lights had failed during one of the countries load shedding exercises and the mood of some of the cars passengers was undoubtedly similar as they jostled and inched backwards and forwards to gain a view of the King of all Beasts - the majestic...
When one initially thinks of the Wild Coast the first images that the mind conjures up is the well-known feature of the “Hole in the Wall” at Coffee Bay and the rolling hillsides filled with grazing cattle and isolated isiXhosa homesteads. What is less known, is that this rugged and in many cases undeveloped coastal zone, is one of...
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