East London – Kei Mouth
About the Birding
Kei Mouth is situated at the southern boundary of the Wild Coast and the Transkei, roughly 90Km to the north of East London. The area is widely renowned for its beauty – featuring extensive pristine beaches, the rich estuary on the Great Kei River and lush evergreen forests altogether hosting a plethora of interesting species. A ferry over the Great Kei River is also one of the last remaining pontoon ferries in South Africa, adding a novel experience for visitors to this remote area of the coast.
About the Birding Site
The city of East London is one of the most accessible ports of entry into the Eastern Cape, sandwiched between the Buffalo River to the east and the Gonubie River to the west. Its Settler ancestry is incredibly evident, and the city has a distinctive old-fashioned charm about it. Traffic congestion is the exception to the norm, the endless swathes of beaches imply year-round enjoyment without large crowds, and the natural history of the surrounding areas is truly something to behold; altogether providing a refreshingly and incredibly pleasant holiday experience for all.
Other Related Information
Morgan’s Bay and Kei Mouth are accessible by following the N2 north from East London in the direction of Mthatha. Shortly before the village of Ziphunzana, turn to the east along the recently re-paved R349 to reach Kei Mouth. Morgan’s Bay is sign-posted roughly 3Km before Kei Mouth. Double Mouth Nature Reserve is reached by following Beach Road through Morgan’s Bay in the direction of East London, past the Morgan Bay cliffs.