Baviaanskloof – Kouga-Baviaanskloof Complex
About the Birding
Fynbos patches are best visited along the roads near the top of Combrink’s Pass, Bergplaas, and the top of Holgat Pass. Striped Flufftail and Hottentot Buttonquail are found in the low fynbos scrub, but seeing either of these species requires much perseverance and a dedicated search. Orange-breasted Sunbird is widespread among ericas, while Cape Sugarbird and Protea Seedeater occur in the proteoid elements and tall scrub. Cape Spurfowl has not been recorded, though likely occurs.
About the Birding Site
The Kouga–Baviaanskloof Complex encompasses large areas of mountainous terrain in the western part of the Eastern Cape, covering approximately 172 000 hectares in total. The Kouga and Baviaanskloof ranges are about 120 km long and run parallel to one another from Uniondale in the west to Patensie in the east. The Baviaanskloof Valley, which separates the two ranges, lies about 40 km due north of the coastline. To the south, the Langkloof Valley and Tsitsikamma Mountains lie between these ranges and the coast.
Other Related Information
From Port Elizabeth: Take the N2 west towards Jeffrey’s Bay and Humansdorp. Just past Thornhill look for the R331 off-ramp right towards Hankey/Patensie. Follow the R331 for approximately 65 km’s until you reach the entrance gate to Baviaanskloof.
The nearest towns are as follows:
Jeffrey’s Bay: 107km
Port Elizabeth: 120km