Jeffrey’s Bay and St Francis – Kabeljous Lagoon Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Situated on the eastern side of the coastal village of Jeffrey’s Bay, the 200 hectare Kabeljous Lagoon Nature Reserve is centred on the Kabeljous River. The river itself leads into a large lagoon that terminates in a blind Estuary. A 3-hour visit should deliver in excess of 50 species, including a good diversity of coastal species and waders. Over 130 species are known to occur.
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
The Kabeljous Lagoon Nature Reserve can be approached along Da Gama Road heading west from Jeffrey’s Bay. Turn right into Kabeljous Road. Park on the grassed area at the edge of the Lagoon where one can picnic and watch the waterfowl on and along the edge of the lagoon. The reserve itself is marked on the right roughly 200m after the bridge.