Jeffrey’s Bay and St Francis – Kereedouw Mountains
About the Birding
The Kareedouw Mountains, inland from the small village of Humansdorp, are one of the most accessible areas in the Eastern Cape to see several key fynbos endemics. Cape Rockjumper is at the extreme eastern limit of its range here and time exploring rocky sections near the summit of the Kareedouw Mountains should yield this species. Familiarize yourself with its high-pitched calls as family groups are extremely vocal and are best detected by their ringing calls.
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 Kareedouw Mountains are accessed directly off the N2, roughly 116Km to the west of Port Elizabeth. Take exit 632 and cross the R102 to the north. Obtain permission to enter the reserve from the forest officer at -34.0425, 24.4583 before following the small gravel track north from -34.0419, 24.4524 to reach the summit of the Karredouw Mountains. Cape Rockjumper is best found at the summit, on the northern flanks of the mountains where there is extensive scree.