Jeffrey’s Bay and St Francis – Kromme River Estuary
About the Birding
The Kromme River Estuary is well-known as one of the premier wader watching sites in Southern Africa. Large numbers of Palearctic migrants arrive in the summer months including immense numbers of Bar-tailed Godwit, Common Whimbrel, Curlew and Marsh Sandpipers, Common Greenshank, Little Stint, Ruff, and Common Ringed, Kittlitz’s and Grey Plovers. This is also one of the premier sites in the Eastern Cape to find Eurasian Curlew, Greater Sand Plover, Red Knot and Terek Sandpiper.
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
Enter St Francis Bay along the R330. The bridge at -34.1403, 24.8106 provides a fantastic vantage from which to scan the surrounding salt marshes. It is also possible to park here and to walk downriver along the salt marsh to access extensive sections of the mudflats at low tide. Alternaitevely, enter St Francis along Lyme Road North and follow the signposts to the Kromme River Mouth. The extensive mudflats are best viewed at low tide.