Garden Route – Diepwalle, Kom se Pad, and Gouna
About the Birding
The Diepwalle and Kom se Pad to Gouna route offers probably the best forest birding in the area. The route can be done in either direction but is best done starting on the Plettenberg Bay side. As the N2 leaves Knysna, turn left onto the R339 (-34.04175, 23.1050). After a few minutes you will see a large stand of mature Eucalyptus trees, these are worth scanning for Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk.
About the Birding Site
The whole area above Knynsa, especially the Diepwalle and Gouna area, hold some of the best forest birding in the province. On top of that, patches of fynbos and milkwood thicket throw in some more diversity. Huge yellowwood trees are quite prominent, with some of them being marked as official “big trees”.
One could easily spend a whole day exploring these areas, and up to 100 species are possible in a summer day.
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Tel: +27 (0)44 877 1197
N2/R339 junction – GPS Coordinates -34.0417, 23.1051
Time +- 5 hours