Garden Route – Tsitsikamma National Park
About the Birding
The indigenous forest and fynbos of the Tsitsikamma National Park holds many restricted-range and biome-restricted assemblage species. Striped Flufftail and Hottentot Buttonquail have both been recorded in low fynbos scrub, though seeing either of these species requires a dedicated search and much patience. The Orange-breasted Sunbird is widespread among ericas, while Cape Sugarbird is almost entirely restricted to the proteoid elements but has infiltrated urban areas too. Cape Bulbul and Cape Siskin are widespread and common in fynbos.
About the Birding Site
The Tsitsikamma National Park covers an estimated area of 24 000 hectares, stretching 80km along the South African coastline between the Sout River in the Western Cape and the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. Typically, the reserve extends 3-4Km inland along the gorges of the Brak, Sout, Bobbejaans and Groot Rivers though in places it is limited to the steeply sloping coastal escarpment. The region boats some of the most picturesque landscapes anywhere in South Africa …
Other Related Information
Follow the N2 west from Port Elizabeth in the direction of Cape Town. Roughly 4km beyond the Storm River Bridge, turn to the left towards the village of Storms River. The Storms River Mouth Rest Camp, situated within Tsitsikamma National Park, is located roughly 5km south of the village besides the mouth of the Storms River. From there, it is possible to explore the surrounding areas using a detailed network of roads and trails.