Accommodation near East London Coastal Nature Reserve

South Africa is a country renowned for its nature reserves, but for many, the idea of a nature reserve applies strictly to inland bush veld-type spaces. This is clearly not the case though as South Africa has numerous protected areas which are not anything like the bush veld reserves. The East London Coastal Nature Reserve attests to this fact and reminds us that we need not be discerning when it comes to the protection of our country's natural spaces.

The East London Coastal Nature Reserve is a long narrow area along the shore of the Indian Ocean. It is located in the province of the Eastern Cape and is managed by the local government organisation known as Eastern Cape Parks, which has responsibility for all of the province's public protected areas.

The park, which covers 250 kilometres of coastline, and 3424 hectares of land in total, is in fact a collection of smaller reserves. In total there are 10 small coastal reserves which make up the larger park, as well as 2 inland state forests. Some of these smaller reserves include Double Mouth, Nahoon Point, Chalumna and Umtiza Forest.

Between the Great Kei River in the north east, and the Tyalomnqa River in the south west, the East London Coastal Nature Reserve offers a variety of vegetation and animals which call it home.  Along the coast you'll find coastal grassland, transitional coastal forest, eastern thorn bushveld, eastern dune thicket and valley thicket, while the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve for example protects a fragile dune field.

While not the focal point of the reserve, there are plenty of birds like the Knysna loerie, the Cape parrot as well as sea birds which call the area home, while small animals like rock hyraxes, snakes and buck can also be spotted.

Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.
Simo Beacon Bed & Breakfast
0.6 km

From R650* unit

Simo Beacon Bed & Breakfast is a private and tranquil establishment that boasts relaxed and beautiful en-suite rooms with the freshest linen, hairdryers, flat screen DSTV, free WIFI, tea- and coffee-m... More Info

Blue Bend Bed and Breakfast
0.7 km

From R770 pps

Stylish 4 Star accommodation situated in Beacon Bay, an upmarket suburb in East London. Blue Bend is close to all major thoroughfares, with stunning views. We have 14 superior en-suite room, all w... More Info

0.8 km

From R425 pps

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Owner-managed by Roelf and Eileen, Sounds of the Sea B&B is set in the picturesque suburb of Beacon Bay, only a short stroll away from the beauty of the Nahoon River mouth and stretches of unblemished... More Info

Seaview Place Bed and Breakfast
0.8 km

From R500 pps

Awaken to the sound of the ocean.and experience the warm hospitality of Seaview Place. ... More Info

A River Rest
1.1 km

From R600 pps

Two spacious upmarket apartments, with beautiful river and sea views Tranquil setting,nature on your doorstep!Abundant bird life.Recently upgraded with comfort in mind Lock up garage and private de... More Info

Blueview B&B
1.3 km

From R900 pps

East London is ideally situated between Port Elizabeth and Durban. Awaiting you are many attractions to make your stay an interesting and enjoyable one. Some of these are the internationally acclaim... More Info

Sand Castle B&B
1.3 km

From R3500* unit

Located a stone throw away from Nahoon Beach. The Sand Castle B&B has a very relaxed beach feel defined by fresh whites and touches of stone, sea shells. Enjoy a wholesome breakfast while gazing at th... More Info

Nahoon Mouth
1.3 km

From R2400* unit

Nestled in the ancient dunes of Nahoon Mouth this property has views of the Nahoon River and Beach. A mere 5 minute walk to the river, beach, nature reserve and local beach front dinner, the Beach Bre... More Info

Parrot Peek Inn
1.5 km

From R480 pps

Friendly and affordable owner managed 3 star luxury B & B/Self-Catering accommodation. 2 minute drive to the beautiful Bonza Bay Beach. Secure on-site parking with automated gates. All rooms ha... More Info

Springtide Studios
1.6 km

From R375 pps

Comfortable, Compact and Connected Situated in Nahoon Mouth, only 600m from the lovely Nahoon Beach. Newly built, light and comfortable, the studios have off street parking, outside gas braais, fu... More Info

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