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Bird watching at the Amalinda Nature Reserve, East London

Amalinda Nature Reserve BirdingThis 134 ha reserve was established in 1968 around the Amalinda reservoir and is managed by East Cape Nature. It is a large open space and is home to bushbuck, eland, zebra, southern reedbuck, blesbok, duiker, Cape clawless otter, vervet monkey and mongoose. A commercial fish hatchery is also situated in the reserve. Visitors can walk selected routes in the area and spend time at a dam. The facilities are basic.

The reserve serves as an important bird watching destination all year round, offering a total of one hundred and seventy five species.

Specials: Chorister Robin-Chat, Red-Capped Robin-Chat, Marsh Warbler, Olive and Orange Breasted Bush-Shrike and Malachite Kingfisher in the bushes below the dam. The old fish dams may produce African Jacana and White-Backed Duck.

During a visit of between 2 to 3 hours you can expect to see an average of 60 bird species.

Amalinda Nature Reserve Map

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To get there, head out from East London on the N2 towards King Williams Town. Just outside of East London take the off ramp to Amalinda Main Road and turn left.

Watch out for the reserve sign on the right just after passing the sports field then take the right turn.

Turn right onto the dirt road just before the McClelland School that then leads you into the reserve. The reserve is open permanently, but entry onto the reserve is by foot only.

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