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Mpofu to Fort Fordyce

Via Mthatha
Distance 223 km.

From Dwesa the road was gravel till near Elliotdale where we got onto the tar road to the N2. One passes Madiba's Transkei home not long after getting onto the N2. Then on to Mthatha and Port St Johns with Silaka right next to the town.

After quite a beautiful trip through typical Transkei areas, we reached the town of Port St Johns. Being quite hungry, we searched the town for some eating places, but could not find any. At a garage, while we were buying diesel, a young guy driving a bakkie with a backpackers ad on its door pulled in for fuel..

After our meal, ...

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Posted on 6 March 2008 by Linx

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Dwesa to Silaka

Silaka Nature Reserve is near Port St Johns, making it a perfect place to visit from the town. It is a small, but beautiful coastal reserve which lies in a forested valley and extends from Second Beach to Sugarloaf Rock. It includes some grassland, a remarkable piece of coastline and an equally remarkable piece of forest with huge trees.

One can swim at Third Beach and walk any one of the many trails through the trees. This small but exquisite reserve caters for lovers of tidal pools and otters, and a birdwatchers paradise with elusive brids like the Knysna Loerie, Cinnamon Dove and Grey Cuckooshrike.

The Gxwaleni River flows through the forest and you may spot Halfcollared Kingfisher and Longtailed Wagtail at the rapids. Massive forest trees are covered in mosses, lichens and epiphytic orchids, with lilies blooming on the forest floor.

Blue Duiker and Bushbuck are indigenous to the forest but are reserved and seldom seen. Natal Red Rock Rabbits decorate the rocks, while Blesbuck, Blue Wildebeest and Burchell's Zebra adorn the open grasslands.

Accommodation at Silaka consists of 14 Bungalows with two double rooms each and one larger bungalow.

Activities at Silaka includes Forest walks, Bird watching, Educational tours, Swimming and Fishing

Wildlife includes Blue Duiker, Bushbuck, Bush pig, Large Spotted Genet, Mongoose and Samango Monkey.

Read about our first hand experience of the reserve at the top left side of this page.

Reservations: Head Office Tel: +27 (0)43 742 4450 Fax: +27 (0)43 742 5566 email: reservations@ecparksboard.co.za