Kariega and Bushmans River – Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea
About the Birding
The coastal villages of Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea include a number of important birding sites, which produce a surprising diversity of bird species including several notable endemics. The sought-after Knysna Warbler and Knysna Woodpecker are commonly recorded; this perhaps being one of the best sites in the country to catch up with these notoriously difficult birds. Most sites can be combined into a morning visit and this should deliver lists of up to 100 species in the summer months.
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
Several notable points of interest within the Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea areas include:
- The Royal Port Alfred Golf Course: -33.6031, 26.8845
- Medolino Caravan Park: -33.6017, 26.8905
- West pier: -33.6034, 26.9011
- Salt marsh opposite Kidd’s Beach: -33.5946, 26.8864
- Kasouga village: -33.6484, 26.7363
- Viewpoint over the Bushmans River: -33.6803, 26.6549
- Floating Restaurant on the Bushmans River: -33.6620, 26.6313
- Ottersvlei: 33.6941, 26.6455
- Boknes seasonal pans: -33.6977, 26.6026
The wider Port Alfred and Kenton-on-Sea areas are well provisioned with fuel stations, banks, and shopping facilities.