Bird Watching in and around Port Elizabeth. Code (FD12)


Cape Recife, the Island reserve and SAMREC



Pick up at place of residence. We depart for the Cape Recife Lighthouse and Nature reserve and a guided tour of the SAMREC, the South African marine re-habilitation centre.

At the lighthouse we orientate and learn the history of Cape Recife and its working Lighthouse. We search the shoreline for the many species of Waders, Shore and Marine birds that utilize this important area. Here we look for interesting and endangered species like the Black oystercatcher and Roseate tern amongst the many different species. 



We continue inland to the settlement ponds, an area rich in both bush and water birds, here we look for Warblers, Waders and a variety of water birds. Hadeda and Sacred Ibis are common with the possibility of catching a glimpse of a shy resident purple Gallinule.



We enjoy a light lunch in the area before departing for an inland birding experience at the Island reserve where we discover the hidden secrets of the Eastern Cape sub-tropical thickets further down the coastline. 

Here we find a number of shy Robin species and Mouse birds. The Grey headed Bush shrike, Little sparrow hawk and its big brother the African Goshawk flitting momentarily through the dim under story, then a flash of colour and deep whurring announces the arrival of the highly sought after Knysna Tauraco. We return to Port Elizabeth and your accommodation. 



      4_x_4_landcruiser_cape_recife_lighthouse.jpgTour includes:

       Guided tour
       Entrance/conservation fees
       light lunch
       Bottled water in tour vehicle

       Rate per person: R 1450.00

       Minimum two persons



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