Silaka Nature Reserve


Silaka lies in a forested valley only 7km south of Port St Johns. A small but beautiful coastal reserve, Silaka stretches from Second Beach to Sugarloaf Rock, covering 400ha. The Gxwaleni River flows through the reserve and forms an estuary, which enters the sea at the beautiful main beach. This exquisite reserve comprises grassland, a dramatic piece of coastline and a magnificent indigenous coastal forest with huge trees, offering a pristine coastal setting and exceptional bird-watching. Bird Rock, a huge rocky outcrop just offshore, provides a resting place for the white-breasted cormorant, amongst many others. The primary purpose of Silaka Nature Reserve is the conservation of the biodiversity of a near pristine example of the Eastern Cape Forest.


Applicable 01 April 2024 to March 2025
4 Sleeper Chalet(x15 chalets): 1-2 person R741/night, 1-4 person R11300/chalet/night (off peak)
1-4 person R1449/chalet/night (peak)
2 Sleeper Chalet(x2 chalets): R789/chalet/night (off peak)
R862/chalet/night (peak)
Conservation Fees - Applicable to both Day and Overnight visitors, to be paid on arrival at the reserve in cash:

nature walk R34 adult / R17 child

Fishing (permit required)
Bird watching
Self-drive wildlife watching (4x4 access only)
Blue Duiker
Samango monkeys
Bottle-nose dolphins
White-breasted cormorant

From Mthatha to Silaka Nature Reserve (approx 102km, 1h52min)
Take Norwood 6th Ave to R61 in Mthatha Central (5.1km)
1. Head northwest (31m)
2. Turn left (150m)
3. Turn right (550m)
4. Turn right onto Vulindlela Rd (1km)
5. Turn right onto Errol Spring Ave (1.8km)
6. Continue onto Tutor Ndamase Ave (180m)
7. Continue onto Tembu St (110m)
8. Turn left onto Norwood 6th Ave (600m)
9. Continue straight onto Bernard Schultz Dr (400m)
10. Turn left onto Boundry Rd (230m)
11. Turn right onto R61 (86.4km)
12. Continue onto Umzimvubu Dr (3.2km)
13. Continue onto Bridge St (230m)
14. Turn left onto Main Rd (400m)
15. Turn right onto Hermes St (350m)
16. Turn left to stay on Hermes St (800m)
17. Continue onto 2nd Beach Rd (5.9km)
(Please consult your navigation system and the reserve prior to departure for more information and accuracy as these are only a guideline/approximation)

Port St Johns  Eastern Cape
South Africa
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