Wildlife, Marine Life & Dunes, Birding & Game Farms


Various popular birding spots can be found in the Kouga. The Community Garden in St Francis Bay, The Cove on the canals, Van Stadens River Mouth, Kabeljous, Soutvlei – all are sheltered spots to be and when the wind is blowing. In the dips of the roads you will find the bush birds, but driving inland towards Hankey, away from the coastal wind, as far as the Baviaanskloof – is ideal for birding.

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The Bottle-nosed dolphin is the most common species in the Kouga waters. They are identified by their narrow beak and abruptly sloping forehead. They measure an average of just less than 2.5 metres. This is a matriarchal society that hunts together, feeding on squid and fish. It is always a delight seeing them ride the waves, jumping out of the water. The two most common whales to cavort off the coastline are the Humpback and Southern...

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Spekboom is native to the Eastern Cape. It grows particularly in the Addo area but it once covered hundreds of thousands of hectares. Now the humble tree is being replanted hectares at a time because of its ability to capture carbon dioxide, restore natural ecosystems and alleviate poverty a programme that includes job creation. From government restoration programmes to schoolyard educational projects, spekboom has become a symbol for...

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The Eastern Cape encompasses 6 of the world’s 7 biomes, and within them a myriad ecosystems, in districts which can be easily accessed on National Roads from Port Elizabeth – from the precious Yellowwood Forests of the Tsitsikamma and Fynbos on the Garden Route to the inland Savanna that supports the ‘Big 5’, diverse animal and bird-life and huge herds of game.

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