Noorsekloof Nature Reserve

Noorsekloof Nature Reserve is a small 28 hectare reserve in the suburb of Noorsekloof, Jeffrey's Bay.

Eastern Cape Game and Nature ReservesThe Noorsekloof Nature Reserve

Noorsekloof Nature Reserve is a small 28 hectare reserve in the suburb of Noorsekloof, in Wavecrest, Jeffrey's Bay.

The nature reserve is roughly 200 metres wide at its narrowest, widening to about 400 metres in the heart of the kloof. It lies in amongst homes and neighbourhoods, an adjoining narrow greenbelt connecting it to the beach. Its narrowness, and the fact that it lies in amongst residential development, places it under constant threat.

The Norsekloof reserve is predominantly valley bushveld, a plant type that has received little publicity, unlike fynbos, and is thus barely conserved. Valley bushveld occurs in hot, dry valleys and rivers and is dense, sometimes even impenetrable thorny or succulent shrubs.

Over 50 bird species, including the Knysna loerie, Knysna woodpecker, and paradise flycatcher make the reserve their home and a beautiful three kilometre trail alongside a stream begins at the entrance to the kloof in Eland Street, ending in Dogwood Circle.

Because the Norsekloof nature reserve is essentially a long strip of green through the suburbs of Jeffrey's Bay, in parts barely visible for the homes, it and the green belt that feeds in from either side function as a green lung for residents.

The downside of its position in amongst so much development, is that it suffers from neglect as a result.

Locals have got together and formed the Kloof Nature Reserve Area for Residents in a bid to try and preserve and maintain the reserve and the adjoining green belt areas. They aim to repair bridges that have washed away in storms, and write up a chart of all the available bird species in the reserve, amongst other initiatives.

Contact Details for the Reserve: Telephone: +27 (0)42 292-0339.

Activities near to Noorsekloof Nature Reserve

Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides

Papiesfontein is situated just outside Jeffrey’s Bay and about 70 kilometres from Port Elizabeth, right between the Gamtoos River and the Kabeljous River. The entire ride covers a distance of about 13 kilometres and takes between two and three hours to...

More info and photographs: Papiesfontein Beach Horse Rides

Did you know?

Bird-lovers should look out for the Knysna Loerie, Knysna Woodpecker and Paradise flycatcher in the Noorsekloof Nature Reserve.

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