Port Elizabeth and surrounds – Colchester and Sunday’s River Mouth
About the Birding
The tiny village of Colchester, roughly 43Km east of Port Elizabeth, is nestled against the banks of the picturesque Sunday’s River. The Sunday’s River mouth itself is one of the richest closed estuaries on the Eastern Cape coastline and provides the ideal setting for a morning visit. It is easily combined with visits to the similar Swartkops River Estuary, the core section of Addo Elephant National park and the Tankatara Road.
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
Colchester is situated immediately off the National Highway ‘N2,’ roughly 43Km from Port Elizabeth.
Access and Facilities:
A small fee is payable at the boom gates to visit the Sunday’s River Mouth Nature Reserve. Picnicking, braai facilities, ablutions and a boat slipway are provided with the reserve itself.