Addo Elephant National Park – Woody Cape section
About the Birding
Begin your exploration of the Woody Cape section of Addo Elephant National Park in the vicinity of the main offices, where you are required to pay your conservation fees. Erithryna trees here attract a plethora of birds including the Grey, Greater Double-collared, Collared and Amethyst Sunbirds. Southern Black Flycatchers hawk insects from low perches in the car park, while both Trumpeter and Crowned Hornbills and African Green Pigeons emerge to feed on ripened figs behind the ranger’s house. Both Olive and Knysna Woodpeckers are usually also present …
About the Birding Site
The Alexandria dune field is the best example of a bare coastal dune field ecosystem anywhere in South Africa and, in fact, the entire Southern Hemisphere. The dunes themselves extend over roughly 15 800 hectares and are comprised of an estimated 375 000 cubic tonnes of sand! Combined with the surrounding coastal grasslands and indigenous forests, the area offers an incredibly unique and completely untouched wilderness.
Other Related Information
The offices to the Woody Cape section of Addo Elephant National Park are reached by travelling south off the R72 at 33.6543, 26.4010. The office itself is roughly 5km along this well-maintained gravel road, at -33.7008, 26.3657. To reach the Langebos Huts, follow the trail from the offices into the forest itself. Alternatively continue beyond the offices as the main road bisects a large track of mature forest, where fantastic birding is also to be had.