Port Elizabeth is filled with many secret, untouched treasures – the Cape Recife Nature Reserve is one of them.
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Cape Recife Nature Reserve – Right on our Guest House in Summerstrand’s Doorstep
The Cape Recife Nature Reserve is situated off Marine Drive, a 15-minute walk or a 5-minute drive from our Guest House.
The reserves rich natural diversity and exciting outdoor activities makes it a ‘must-see’ destination for anyone visiting Port Elizabeth.
The Cape Recife Lighthouse found on the reserve, was commissioned on 1 April 1851 making it 166 years old. The 24-metre-tall Lighthouse is a turning point into Algoa Bay and warns sailors of Thunderbolt Reef and other hazards which must be given a wide berth.
Tours of the Cape Recife Lighthouse can be arranged through Pine lodge.
Bird Watching and Loving at the Cape Recife Nature Reserve
From its unique blend of globally important flora and fauna to its breath-taking, untouched beaches - Cape Recife offers its visitors a truly unique natural experience.
For the bird watchers and lovers, the Reserve is home to over 160 species of birds and is the best birding venue to see both marine and freshwater birdlife.
The Reserve is also known as the best place in South Africa to see the Roseate Tern. Additionally, the African Black Oystercatcher breeds along the coastline where a good variety of migrant wanderers occur.
Furthermore, Algoa Bay is home to largest population of the African penguin, with roughly 21 000 individuals living on St. Croix Island and a further 5 700 individuals living on Bird Island. This makes Algoa Bay the biggest population of African penguin in the world.
South African Marine Rehabilitation and Education Centre (SAMREC)
The Reserve is also home to SAMREC, a centre dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating injured, tired, oiled and stranded marine bird life.
Visitors are welcome and tours are easily organised. Also available is the SAMREC restaurant – perfect for coffee and lunches by the sea.
Our guesthouse is perfectly situated for visits to several of Port Elizabeth’s pristine Blue Flag beaches.
A short 700-metre walk and you’ll arrive at Port Elizabeth’s famous beachfront and board walk, this walk offers a scenic stroll along our beautiful coastline.
For more information about accommodation in Summerstrand or to book your stay, please contact us.