Jeffrey’s Bay and St Francis – Seekoei River Nature Reserve
About the Birding
To the south of Jeffrey’s Bay, near the small village of Aston Bay, is the Seekoei River Nature Reserve established to protect the water birds living round the mouth of the river. A number of paths emanate from the entrance leading inland through fynbos where the Karoo Scrub-Robin, Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Neddicky, Cape Robin-chat, Karoo Prinia, Streaky-headed Seedeater, Brimstone Canary and Bar-throated Apalis can all be seen.
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
Seekoi River Nature Reserve is reached by taking the Aston Bay road to the west of Jeffrey’s Bay. Upon reaching Aston Bay, follow Dolphin Drive then turn right into Swan Drive. The entrance to the reserve is on the right just before reaching the lagoon itself. The entrance to the reserve is clearly signposted and has a large archway as a gate. Be sure to park under the large Fig Trees alongside the Nature Conservation offices where a map of the area can be obtained. There is no charge for entry into the reserve.