Double Mouth Nature Reserve
This pristine coastal nature reserve boasts one of SA's most picturesque campsites & lies only 4km away from Morgan's Bay. Here two rivers meet in a pristine estuary, which carves a single course through forested dunes to the sea. Fish Eagles, Crowned Eagles, Red-Billed Woodhoopoes and several species of Kingfishers patrol the placid waters and it's forest fringes.
Just beyond is Bead beach; site of a 16th Century Portuguese shipwreck, it's the perfect place to do a little treasure hunting for Ming porcelain and Carnelian beads. Motorbikes and Quads are not permitted. There is a parking fee.
Double Mouth Nature Reserve is part of the larger East London Coast Nature Reserve group, which is some 3,424ha in extent and consists of ten coastal reserves and two inland State Forests. The coastal reserves are located between the Great Kei River in the north-east and the Tylomnqa Rivers in the south-west. The ten coastal nature reserves include (from north-east to south-west) Cape Morgan, Double Mouth, Cape Henderson, Chintsa West, Kwelera, Nahoon, Cove Rock/ Gulu, Kidd's Beach, Kayser's Beach and Chalumna. These reserves represent 57% of the 250km coastline between the two rivers. The State Forests, Umtiza Forest and Fort Pato Forest, are located inland approximately 14km and 25km north of East London along the northern banks of the Buffalo River.