Port Elizabeth and surrounds – Cape Recife Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Cape Recife Nature Reserve is located adjacent to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is within easy distance for any birder visiting Port Elizabeth, however briefly. Between 2 and 3 hours are recommended to cover all habitats, though note that some species are distinctly seasonal.
The entrance road, passing Pine Lodge, is worthwhile exploring. Drive slowly and listen for the song of Dark-backed Weaver and Knysna Woodpecker, particularly in the vicinity of the Eucalyptus trees as one turns off Marine Drive.
About the Birding Site
Port Elizabeth, an idyllic coastal city, is perhaps the most accessible port of entry into the Eastern Cape. Known as the ‘Friendly City,’ Port Elizabeth offers a superb value-for-money holiday base with a diverse selection of attractions, within easy reach, including a number of scenic nature trails, historic heritage, cultural experiences and several bird and wildlife viewing hotspots. Perhaps most important are the core section of Addo Elephant National Park and the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Complex; both under 1hr drive from the city’s international airport.
Other Related Information
Cape Recife is accessible by turning off Marine Drive, heading south, in the direction of Pine Lodge Resort and Conference centre.
Access and facilities:
Vehicle access to Cape Recife Nature Reserve requires a permit. Permits can be obtained from Pine Lodge, immediately before the entrance boom to the reserve itself. Permits are either issued on a weekly (@R68.00) or annual (@R344.00) basis and prices are subject to change. Note that Birdlife South Africa membership is no longer accepted.