Grahamstown and surrounds – Mountain Drive
About the Birding
Conveniently located on the immediate outskirts of Grahamstown, the Mountain Drive route offers birders access to small patches of indigenous forest and pristine grassland with an associated plethora of interesting bird species. A morning visit to Mountain Drive should deliver an impressive list of birds, though many occur in low density and some perseverance is usually required to see the top specials.
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
Three routes are recommended for which details are provided below:
- The main track leads from the Waainek Water Treatment Works, immediately to the south-west of Grahamstown. Be cautioned for oncoming traffic when turning off the highway ‘N2’ here. Follow the main track for several kilometres as it climbs above Grahamstown. Park besides the electronics store at -33.3281, 26.5016 and locate the small foot path leading down into the forest to the south. This path enters the richest patch of montane forest in the area, where all forest specials can be seen.