Transkei – Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserve
About the Birding
This Dwesa-Cwebe Nature Reserves previously comprised two adjoining reserves on the north-eastern Pondoland coast, one on either side of the large mBashe River. The two reserves have now been combined into a single protected area, although they are separated by the river. The combined reserve contains 20 km of pristine coastline and coastal forest. The topography rises step-wise from the coast to 300 m a.s.l. and is composed of Karoo sediments, Ecca shales and sandstones.
About the Birding Site
Until very recently, the vast Transkei has been the least explored region of the Eastern Cape province – extending from Kei Mouth to as far as Port Edward at the boarder of the KwaZulu-Natal province, and bound to the north by the Drakensburg Mountains. Many parts remain difficult to access, given that the region was considered as an unrecognised state for ‘separate development’ until as recently as 1994. Post-Apartheid, the Transkei was reclassified as part of the Eastern Cape though the region remains almost totally under-developed.
Other Related Information
From Mthatha: Dwesa Nature Reserve has 6 entrance gates, directions are to entrance gate 2. Head south along the N2 from Mthatha towards East London. At the town of Dutywa turn left onto the R408 to Willowvale and travel for 30.6 km’s. Travel through Willowvale and at km 30.6 turn left. Stay on the main gravel road and follow the signs to Dwesa Nature Reserve.
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