Kariega and Bushmans – Kariega Private Game Reserve
About the Birding
Much of Kariega Private Game Reserve is blanketed in succulent thicket where one should search for Chestnut-vented Warbler, Black-crowned Tchagra, Acacia Pied Barbet, Cape Penduline-tit, and Sombre Greenbul. Southern Tchagra occurs widely throughout this habitat, though knowledge of its calls is essential to success. Denser areas nearer the rivers harbour Chorister Robin-chat, Brown Scrub-robin, Dark-backed Weaver, both Knysna and Olive Woodpeckers, Knysna Turaco, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, Olive Bush-shrike, and Grey Cuckooshrike. Crowned Eagle is often sighted soaring through the deeply incised valleys, come midday.
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
Kariega Private Game Reserve is accessible along the R343 running north from the coastal village of Kenton-on-Sea.
The nearest towns are:
Port Alfred: 38Km