Kariega and Bushmans – Assegaai Trails
About the Birding
Owned by the Ridden family, Assegaai Trails is one of the premier ‘weekend-escape’ destinations in all of the Eastern Cape. Once an active pineapple farm, Assegaai Trails has now been converted into something of a quiet retreat, come wedding venue and conference centre. Suitable for either a weekend getaway, or a casual day trip from Port Alfred, Kenton-on-Sea or Grahamstown, the reserve is revered among birders for its staggering list of over 180 species recorded from the property!
About the Birding Site
The Bushmans and Kariega Rivers drain two small basins in the Eastern Cape, both entering the Indian Ocean on either side of the small coastal town of Kenton-on-Sea. Both rivers flow permanently across much of their lengths, supporting large agricultural and conservation areas. The Bushmans and Kariega triangle is of ecological significance, supporting several endemic and highly threatened species. This includes the almost mythical nominate race of the African Barred Owlet – which likely constitutes a true species and would thus be endemic to the area – as well as the critically endangered Eastern Cape Cycad (Encephalartos altensteinii).
Other Related Information
Assegaai Trails is situated on the R343 between Grahamstown and Kenton-on-Sea. Roughly 25Km from Kenton, heading in a northerly direction, turn to the right at the well-signposted intersection and continue for 5Km along the up-paved road.
The nearest towns are:
Port Alfred: 53Km