Seekoei Nature Reserve
- Jeffreys Bay
- Jeffreys Bay
Last Updated: July 2019
Contact Henie Swanevelder
- 042 292 0339
- 083 406 3159
- Longitude: 24.89334
- Latitude: -34.08387
- Hiking / walking
Office hours are 08:00 till 16:00 (Only during the week).
For more information call Henie Swanevelder on 042 292 0339/083 406 3159.
- Rates may vary and reduced rates may apply to additional persons. All rates are indicative only, may be seasonal and are subject to change without notice.
About Seekoei Nature Reserve
SEEKOEI NATURE RESERVE
Situated on the scenic Cape South - Eastern Cape. It lies between the coastal villages of Aston Bay & Paradise Beach, approximately 5km south of Jeffreys Bay, along the N2.
The nature reserves comprises of an area of about 66ha at the confluence of the Seekoei & Swart Rivers, where it forms an estuary.
The bulk of the reserve is only accessible by way of a small pontoon.
Large populations of birds also frequent the estuary.
This nature reserve lies between the winter & summer rainfall areas. The average temperature is 17 degrees & the avarage rainfall is 490mm. There is no clear wet or dry season, although most of the rain falls in spring & autumn. The weather can be unpredictable with some warm days in winter & some cold days in summer.
The nature reserve is mainly Kaffrarian Thicket which consists of non-succulent subtropical transitional thicket communities. It is a tall, closed, large leaved ( semi succulent) shrub land with ouy- layers in rivers & coastal foreland. The most common trees are ghwarrie, Boer boon, milkwood, sage wood, bitou & aloes. There are also patches of coastal fynbos with Erica, PAsserine & Metalasia species.
Bushbuck, grysbok, blue duiker, bush pig, porcupine, caracal, yellow & grey mongoose & large spotted genet are some of the species that occur. You are almost certain to see an ungulate tortoise or two.
Fish Eagles may be heard calling & flamingoes may be seen if the conditions are right. Thousands of red knobbed coots also nest on the lagoon. 120 Different bird species have so far been identified.
There is a 3km hiking trail that can be reached by crossing the river or pontoon. A short 1km hike runs through the northern section of the reserve & passes thed bird hide where birds can be viewed from the bank of the estuary.
A braai place in the form a lapa is available for organised groups.
Penguins can be seen at the Penguin Rehab Centre, where they recover after treatment from pollution & exhaustion.
No fishing, canoes or boats are allowed on the estuary or in the nature reserve. No dogs are allowed & no animals may be disturbed or plants may be removed. No fires.
For more information on the Seekoei Nature Reserve and the hiking trails contact Henie Swanevelder on 042 292 0339/083 406 3159.