Birding

ideal starting point for all birding

Wavecrest is situated at a crystal clear estuary, fed by two mangrove-lined rivers, which meander through pristine dune forest. The hotel is situated on the southern banks of the productive Nxaxo estuary and is the ideal starting point for all birding. The wide variety of habitat types are easily accessible and within close walking distance to the Hotel.

The rivers are quiet (no watersport allowed) and we offer birding boat cruises. The rivers can also be explored in comfortable, stable kayaks and are exceptional for viewing kingfishers, of which at least seven species are regularly seen. Of these, the most sought after is the Mangrove Kingfisher, which breeds here in summer and when sightings can be virtually guaranteed. A variety of waders can be encountered on the mudflats. Upper reaches of the river may yield African Finfoot, Mountain Wagtail, Crowned Eagle (that breeds here) and Whitebacked Night Heron.

The large tracts of dune forest produce specials, such as Spotted Ground-Thrush (summer breeding here), Narina Trogon (common), Buffspotted Flufftail, Pygmy Kingfisher, Olive Bush-Shrike, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher and Knysna Woodpecker. On the forest edges Barrett's Warbler, Grey- and Olive Sunbird, Orange-breasted Bush-Shrike and Knysna Warbler can be spotted.

The open grasslands are good for Black-winged Lapwing, Cape and Yellow-throated Longclaw, European Roller and Amur Falcon. The grassy hills above the coast create a good vantage point for open ocean specials. The mixed coastal woodland is extremely productive, with species such as Chinspot Batis, Black-crowned Tchagra and Red-capped Robin-Chat being common.

To make your visit even more spectacular, we occasionally have Crowned Cranes that come down to roost on the beach in front of the hotel in the evening. This is truly an incredible occurrence to experience.

Please contact us for superb and exciting birding at our picturesque Wavecrest Hotel and Spa.