Transkei – Hluleka Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Laying roughly 30Km to the south of Port St Johns, the 772 hectare Hluleka Nature Reserve is one of the Transkei’s best kept secrets. The tranquil reserve showcases an extensive pristine coastline, numerous lagoons and two lush coastal forests (the Congwane Mtombo and Nsabeni Hluleka Forest Reserves) rich in endemic species. Several days are recommended in the area to maximise chances at several difficult species.
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
Take the R61 south from Port St Johns and turn right towards Hluleka Nature Reserve along an unpaved road. Continue for 47km along this road, heading South, to reach the entrance to Hluleka Nature Reserve.
The nearest towns are:
Port St Johns: 78Km