Kariega and Bushmans – Bathurst and Water’s Meeting Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The seldom visited Water’s Meeting Nature Reserve is situated on the ebb-and-flow of the Kowie River, roughly 16Km inland of the coastal village of Port Alfred. The reserve supports around 110 species, split mainly among thicket and forest species and including several notable endemics. It is suitable for a morning visit and lists of between 40 and 50 species are expected.
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
The tiny village of Bathurst is located along the R67 between Port Alfred and Grahamstown. The village itself is 43Km from Grahamstown, and 14Km from Port Alfred. Turn to the west on the well sign-posted gravel road opposite the historic Pig and Whistle Inn in Bathurst town, to reach Waters Meeting Nature Reserve. The reserve entrance is 4km west of Bathurst.