Jeffrey’s Bay and St Francis – Humansdorp and surrounds
About the Birding
The extensive grassland and farmlands to the south of the small village of Humansdorp support an incredible diversity of bird species. Drive slowly along the detailed network of gravel roads through this area and scan the surrounding grasslands for the Blue Crane, Denham’s and White-bellied Bustards and Secretarybird; all of which are fairly common in the area. The White-bellied Bustard is easiest to find in the early mornings when they are most vocal.
About the Birding Site
Located roughly 60Km to the west of Port Elizabeth, the small coastal villages of St Francis and Jeffreys Bay are popular among holidaymakers. The area is perhaps best known for their uncrowded pristine beaches and surf conditions. However, in an ecological sense, the region is perfectly situated in a transitional zone between the summer and winter rainfall areas of the Eastern Cape. As such, several notable habitats meet within this broad area include up to 5 distinct biomes!
Other Related Information
Humansdorp is located roughly 89Km to the west of Port Elizabeth, following the N2. Follow the R330 south from Humansdorp in the direction of St Francis Bay. Gravel roads running west from here, in the direction of Oyster Bay, are all productive and should yield the full compliment of special birds for the area.
Access and facilities:
The small villages of Humansdorp and St Francis both support a variety of shopping facilities, banks and fuel stations.