Transkei – Wild Coast Sun and the KZN border
About the Birding
Relatively under-explored, the coastal border between the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces has gained appreciation in recent years for the plethora of species not possible anywhere else in the Eastern Cape. Time spent here requires a dedicated trip, given that the area is closer to Durban than any accessible port of entry into the Eastern Cape. However, those willing to venture into this remote region will certainly be rewarded with an impressive list of provincial species! Several days are recommended to do the area proper justice.
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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From Mthatha, travel north along the N2 in the direction of Kokstad. Shortly before the provincial boarder, head south along the R394 and then the R61 to reach Port Edward. The Wild Coast Sun is located on the southern banks of the Mtamvuna River. Use the Wild Coast Sun as a base to explore the surrounding region though be advised that a 4×4 with high clearance is advised if you intend to explore the community roads.