Port Elizabeth and surrounds – Van Staden’s Nature Reserve and Lady Slipper Mountain
About the Birding
The Van Staden’s Wildflower Reserve protects 450 hectares of rich coastal fynbos, rich in proteas, as well as small areas of riverine forest. The reserve supports an impressive list of over 160 bird species including several fynbos endemics. A morning visit should be sufficient and will likely produce a list of 60+ species including most fynbos specials. Visits to the Van Staden’s reserve are best combined with a visit to the nearby Lady Slipper Mountain.
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
Travel west from Port Elizabeth on the national highway ‘N2’ for roughly 40km. Exit to the left on the R102 towards the Van Staden’s Pass. The entrance to the Flower Reserve is roughly 1km along this road, to the right.
The nearest towns are:
Port Elizabeth: 37Km
Jeffrey’s Bay: 43Km