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The Kabeljous and Seekoei estuaries are situated in the Jeffreys Bay area and are both adjacent to Nature Reserves where a variety of birds can be seen. Apart from birds of the Valley bushveld in the reserves, the lagoons play host to a great number of sea birds and waders. An average 3 hour count can easily pass the 50 species mark out of a total of 130 regular occurring species.



Great Egret, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, Goliath Heron, Osprey, African Fish-Eagle, Southern Pochard, White-faced Duck, Eurasian Curlew, Common Whimbrel and more recently Chestnut-banded Plover. Caspian Tern, Swift Tern, Sandwich Tern, Common Tern, Little Tern, Knysna Woodpecker, Green Wood-Hoopoe, Black Harrier, Olive Bush-Shrike and Grey-headed Bush-Shrike.



Valley bushveld, Sandy Shore, Mud Flats.



There are several marked footpaths in both reserves. At Seekoei Reserve there is a bird hide overlooking the lagoon.



Kabeljous Reserve and Estuary
Commence from the car park. Walk back to the bridge but BEWARE of traffic. Giant Kingfisher and Pied Kingfisher, crake, heron and egret can be seen. Return to the car park and follow the trail keeping right near to the river. Brownthroated Martin, kingfisher, cormorant and African Spoonbill may be seen. In the bushveld look out for Green Wood-Hoopoe, Southern Boubou, Cape Bulbul, Tawnyflanked Prinia, Cape Robin-Chat and Karoo Scrub-Robin. The trail then reaches the lagoon where waders and duck may be observed. Look out for African Fish-Eagle and Osprey. Continuation of the trail leads to the sea where tern, oystercatcher and waders can be viewed.

Seekoei Reserve and Estuary
Drive into the reserve to the carpark by the office. The Penguin Rehabilitation Centre is located here. sunbird, bush shrike, weaver can be observed. Short trails take you around the park and along part of the lagoon edge. The bird hide is easily seen. Herons, flamingos, cormorants, Common Whimbrel and African Spoonbill can be viewed. A short drive out of the reserve over the causeway gives access to the sea shore and the far side of the lagoon.



There is a wide variety of accommodation in Jeffreys Bay and Aston Bay. Information may be obtained at the Tourist Information Office -Telephone Number: +27 42 293 2923 e-mail: Jeffrey's Bay Website

Kabeljous Reserve and estuary are reached from Jeffreys Bay. Travel along Da Gama Road from the east exit of the town. The lagoon is reached by taking the last turn off on the right into Kabeljous Road. To reach the Nature Reserve, continue to the R102, turn right towards Port Elizabeth, cross the narrow bridge over the river. A parking area is on the right about 200 metres past the bridge. The reserve may also be reached from the lagoon by walking across the beach between the lagoon and the sea.

Seekoei Reserve is reached by taking the Aston Bay road to the West of Jeffreys Bay. Upon reaching Aston Bay, follow Dolphin Drive until the slate roofed shopping complex is reached - turn right into Swan Drive and the Nature Reserve is on the right just before reaching the lagoon. Entrance to both reserves is free.

Chuck Cook 2001.

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