East London – Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The 25 hectare Nahoon Nature Reserve and Estuary offer fantastic birdwatching in the very heart of East London. The reserve itself protects a small area of indigenous evergreen and mangrove forest, grassland, thicket and acacia scrub. The Nahoon River estuary flanks the reserve to the east. Up to 200 species have been sighted in the reserve and a morning visit should be sufficient to find most specials. However, note that some species are distinctly seasonal in their occurrence here.
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
The Reserve is accessible along Blue Waters Road, off Beaconhurst Drive, at -32.9823, 27.9376.
Facilities and access:
The Nahoon River Nature Reserve is well-equipped with an Enviro Centre, two bird hides, bathrooms and a network of trails. A boardwalk follows the edge of the tidal flats, offering several vantage points from which to scan the surrounding tidal flats and mangrove forests. All trails lead from the Enviro Centre.