Silaka Nature Reserve

26 Apr

Silaka Nature Reserve is located just south of Port St Johns at 2nd-beach on the Wild Coast (formerly the Transkei).

Silaka Nature Reserve, Wild Coast SA

Silaka Nature Reserve, Wild Coast SA

Silaka is a 400-hectares nature reserve which features coastal forest and grassland, offering forest trails, birdwatching and fishing opportunities. It is also home to small mammals, bushbuck, monkeys, Cape Clawless Otters and Burchell’s Zebra. Flora includes lichens, orchids and Aloes. Accommodation is provided in thatched self-catering, serviced bungalows and the reserve is often used as one of the stops for the 5-day Port St Johns to Coffee Bay Trail.
Address: Second Beach
Port St Johns
Telephone: +27(43)7054400
Fax: +27(43)7425566
Web: homepage

“This small but beautiful coastal reserve lies in a forested valley south of Port St Johns, and stretches from Second Beach to Sugarloaf Rock.  Trails lead to evergreen forest and provide the opportunity to view elusive birds such as Knysna loerie, Cinnamon Dove and Grey Cuckoo Shrike.  The Gxwaleni River flows through the forest and you should look out for the Half-collared Kingfisher and long tailed Wagtail at fast flowing stretches.

Giant forest trees are clad in mosses, lichens and epiphytic orchids, while lilies bloom on the forest floor.  Blue Duiker and Bushbuck are indigenous to the forest but are secretive and seldom seen.  Facing the sea are grassy hills where the stately Aloe Ferox blooms in winter. The Natal Red Rock Rabbit lives among boulders and introduced Blue Wildbeest and Burchell’s Zebra graze the palatable grasses.

At the reserve, there is a rest camp that consists of fifteen thatched bungalows, each with two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and braaiplace.  The fifteen bungalows accommodate six people and each has a view of either the forest or the ocean. You should bring your own provisions, although the shop nearby at Port St Johns will have almost everything you need.”  according to Open Africa

Entrance to Silaka Nature Reserve

Entrance to Silaka Nature Reserve

Silaka Scenery

Silaka Scenery

Self-catering chalets with sea-view

Self-catering chalets with sea-view

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Posted by on April 26, 2009 in Eastern Cape, South Africa


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