Grahamstown and surrounds – Grahamstown Botanical Gardens
About the Birding
The Grahamstown National Botanical Gardens are the second oldest such gardens in South Africa, first established in 1853. A detailed network of trails leads through the botanical gardens, covering most habitats. The gardens have been extensively redeveloped in recent years, providing a convenient and easily accessible hotspot within the heart of the town itself. A 1-hour walk could easily produce a list of 50+ species, however 2-3 hours are recommended to cover most habitats thoroughly.
About the Birding Site
The small settler town of Grahamstown, located just 130Km from Port Elizabeth and 158km from East London, has an incredibly rich cultural history and is primely situated at the ecotone between several key habitats in the Eastern Cape. The town itself serves as a fantastic base from which to access forest, grassland, karoo, and thicket habitats and well over 400 species have been recorded from the area.
Other Related Information
The Grahamstown National Botanical Gardens is open throughout the year. From Somerset Street, turn up Lucas Avenue between the Natural History and Cultural History sections of the Albany Museum. The entrance to the garden is roughly 200m from this intersection on the left, at -33.3145, 26.5205, with parking just beyond the entrance gates. To reach the 1820 Settler’s Monument, continue along Lucas Avenue beyond the Botanical Gardens.