Port Elizabeth and surrounds – Settler’s Park
About the Birding
Offering birders access to 54 hectares of diverse habitat in the very centre of Port Elizabeth, Settler’s Park is an absolute must for budding birds and twitchers alike. Over 200 species can be seen including several of South Africa’s endemic species. A well-worn network of trails covers the entire reserve, bisecting most habitats. Roughly 3-4 hours are required to cover the park in sufficient detail and to explore all the habitats on offer.
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
Access to Settler’s Park is via How Avenue, alongside St Georges Hospital off Park Drive at -33.9691, 25.6028. Alternative entrances to Settler’s Park are via Fordyce Road/Third Avenue Walmer at -33.9730, 25.6077, and at the end of Chelmsford Avenue at -33.9698, 25.5987.
Access and Facilities:
Gates to the parking areas are opened between 07:30 and 18:00 though pedestrians may enter and leave at any time. A small ablution block is also provided in the main parking area for convenience. Entrance is free of charge.