Port Elizabeth and surrounds – Tankatara Road
About the Birding
The Tankatara Road, 43km from Port Elizabeth, is widely regarded as one of the Eastern Cape’s top birding sites. A morning visit should be more than sufficient and may produce lists of 60+ species, including chances for rare migrants in the summer months. It is easily combined with a visit to the Swartkops River Estuary, Sunday’s River Mouth, or the core section of Addo Elephant National Park.
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
When travelling from Port Elizabeth, and about 3Km before the bridge over the Sunday’s River, take the disused road to the left towards Uitenhage. Turn immediately to the right and follow the road parallel to the national highway ‘N2’ until you reach the old Mackay Bridge over the Sunday’s River. Note that this bridge is closed to traffic but one can still use it to scan either side of the river. The road to the salt pans is roughly 1km before the bridge, on the left hand-side.