Transkei – Wavecrest and Cebe
About the Birding
Situated roughly 160Km to the north of East London, along a spectacular stretch of coastline, Wavecrest and Cebe are a true birdwatcher’s paradise. The crystal-clear Wavecrest Lagoon is fed by two rich mangrove-lined rivers and, together, these rivers drain large areas of the Transkei. The rivers support vast areas of rich coastal thicket and forest – full of delectable endemics and other localized species. Roughly 300 species can be seen in the area including several key endemics as well as numerous threatened 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 border 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.
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To reach Wavecrest, travel north along the N2 from East London in the direction of Umtata. At Butterworth, turn south along the paved Kentani Road. Head north out of Kentani, before turning south towards Wavecrest at -32.4775, 28.3812. Follow this road for several kilometres to reach the Wavecrest Hotel and Spa. The coastal village of Cebe is roughly 5Km north of Wavecrest, accessible through the detailed network of roads through the area. Note that Wavecrest is accessible in a sedan type vehicle but 4×4 is recommended as road conditions are extremely variable.