The Haven is bordered on the one side by the Indian Ocean and on the other by rugged grasslands of the Dwesa and Cwebe Nature Reserves.

Both Wild Coast reserves are primarily covered by lowland forest but closer to the shore the forests give way to acacia scrub and eventually open grasslands.

Small estuaries wind through the forests and spill out on a sandy, rocky Wild Coast shoreline.

The Mbashe River cuts its way between the reserves creating cliffs and gorges enclosing riverine forest. The northern bank of the river hosts mangroves near the mouth.

As a result of this diverse Wild Coast environment, there are a total of 290 birds recorded in the area with at least a hundred to be found on a visit.

Bird watching is definitely a reason to visit this unique Wild Coast area of the country.

The Bird list includes:

8       Little Grebe(Dabchick) 385   Klaas’ Cuckoo
32     Whitechinned Petrel 386   Dideric Cuckoo
34     Cory’s Shearwater 391   Burchell’s Coucal
53     Cape Gannett 392   Western Barn Owl
55     White-Breasted Cormorant 394   Afr. Wood Owl
56     Cape Cormorant 395   Marsh Owl
58     Reed Cormorant 396   African Scops Owl
60     African Darter 401   Spotted Eagle Owl
62     Grey Heron 404   European Nightjar
63     Black-Headed Heron 405   Fierynecked Nightjar
65     Purple Heron 411   Common (European) Swift
67     Little Egret 412   Black Swift
68     Yellow-Billed Egret 415   Whiterumped Swift
71     Western Cattle Egret 416   Horus Swift
74     Green-Backed Heron 417   Little Swift
76     Black-Crowned Night Heron 418   Alpine Swift
78     Little Bittern 424   Speckled Mousebird
79     Dwarf Bittern 426   Redfaced Mousebird
81     Hamerkop 427   Narina Trogon
91     African Sacred Ibis 428   Pied Kingfisher
93     Glossy Ibis 429   Giant Kingfisher
94     Hadeda Ibis 430   Halfcollared Kingfisher
95     African Spoonbill 431   Malachite Kingfisher
100   Fulvous Whistling Duck 432   Afr. Pygmy Kingfisher
101   White-Backed Duck 434   Mangrove Kingfisher
102   Egyptian Goose 435   Brownhooded Kingfisher
104   Yellowbilled Duck 446   European Roller
105   African Black Duck 451   African Hoopoe
106   Cape Teal 469   Redfronted Tinkerbird (Barbet)
107   Hottentot Teal 452   Green (Redbilled) Woodhoopoe
108   Redbilled Teal 455   Trumpeter Hornbill
112   Cape Shoveller 460   Crowned Hornbill
113   Southern Pouchard 463   Southern Ground Hornbill
116   Spurwinged Goose 464   Blackcollared Barbet
117   Maccoa Duck 474   Greater Honeyguide
118   Secretary Bird 475   Scalythroated Honeyguide
122   Cape Vulture 476   Lesser Honeyguide
126   Yellowbilled Kite 478   Brown-backed Honeybird
126   Black Kite 484   Knysna Woodpecker
128   African Cuckoo Hawk 486   Cardinal Woodpecker
131   Verreaux’s (Black) Eagle 488   Olive Woodpecker
136   Booted Eagle 489   Redthroated Wryneck
139   Long-Crested Eagle 494   Rufousnaped Lark
140   Martial Eagle 507   Redcapped Lark
141   Crowned Eagle 518   Barn (European) Swallow
148   African Fish Eagle 520   Whitethroated Swallow
149   Steppe Buzzard 526   Greater Striped Swallow
150   Forest Buzzard 527   Lesser Striped Swallow
152   Jackal Buzzard 528   South African Cliff Swallow
155   Redbreasted Sparrowhawk 529   Rock Martin
157   Little Sparrowhawk 530   House Martin
158   Black Sparrowhawk 532   Sand Martin
160   African Goshawk 533   Brownthroated Martin
165   African Marsh Harrier 536   Black Saw-wing Swallow
169   Afr. Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene) 538   Black Cuckooshrike
170   Western Osprey 540   Grey Cuckooshrike
171   Peregrine Falcon 541   Forktailed Drongo
172   Lanner Falcon 542   Square-tailed Drongo
181   Rock Kestrel 545   Blackheaded Oriole
192   Redwing Francolin 547   Black Crow
198   Rednecked Francolin 548   Pied Crow
200  Common Quail 550   White-necked Raven
203   Helmeted Guineafowl 554   Southern Black Tit
209   Grey Crowned Crane 568   Darkcapped (Blackeyed) Bulbul
210   African Rail 569   Terrestrial Brownbul
213   Black Crake 570   Yellowstreaked Greenbul
217   Redchested Flufftail 572   Sombre Greenbul
218   Buffspotted Flufftail 577   Olive Thrush
226   Common Moorhen 578   Spotted Ground Thrush
228   Redknobbed Coot 589   Familiar Chat
229   African Finfoot 596   Afr. Stonechat
231   Stanley’s Bustard 598   Chorister Robin-Chat
238   Blackbellied Bustard 600   Redcapped (Natal) Robin-Chat
242   Painted Snipe 601   Cape Robin-Chat
244   African Black Oystercatcher 606   White-Starred Robin
245   Common Ringed Plover 613   Whitebrowed Scrub Robin
246   Whitefronted Plover 616   Brown Scrub Robin
248   Kittlitz’s Plover 619   Garden Warbler
249   Three-Bbanded Plover 628   Great Reed Warbler
254   Grey Plover 631   African Marsh Warbler
257   Blackwinged Lapwing (Plover) 635   Lesser Swamp Warbler (Cape reed)
258   Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) 637   Darkcapped Yellow Warbler
262   Ruddy Turnstone 638   Little Rush Warbler
263   Terek Sandpiper 639   Barrats Warbler
264   Common Sandpiper 640   Knysna Warbler
266   Wood Sandpiper 642   Broadtailed Warbler
269   Marsh Sandpiper 643   Willow Warbler
270   Common Greenshank 644   Yellowthroated Woodland Warbler
272   Curlew Sandpiper 645   Barthroated Apalis
274   Little Stint 648   Yellowbreasted Apalis
281    Sanderling 657   Greenbacked Bleating Camaroptera
284   Ruff 661   Cape Grassbird
286   Ethiopian Snipe 664   Zitting Cisticola
289   Eurasian Curlew 667   Ayre’s Cisticola
290   Common Whimbrel 670   Wailing Cisticola
297   Spotted Thick-knee 677   Levailant’s Cisticola
298   Water Thick-knee 678   Croaking Cisticola
307   Parasitic Jaeger (Arctic Skua) 679   Lazy Cisticola
312   Kelp Gull 681   Neddicky
315   Greyheaded Gull 683   Tawnyflanked Prinia
322   Caspian Tern 686.1 Drakensberg Prinia
324   Swift Tern 689   Spotted Flycatcher
326   Sandwich Tern 690   Afr. Dusky Flycatcher
327   Common Tern 691   Ashy Flycatcher
329   Antarctic Tern 694   Southern Black Flycatcher
335   Little Tern 698   Fiscal Flycatcher
338   Whiskered Tern 700   Cape Batis
348   Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) 701   Chinspot Batis
349   Speckled (Rock) Pigeon 708   Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher
350   Afr. Olive (Rameron) Pigeon 710   Afr. Paradise Flycatcher
352   Redeyed Dove 711   African Pied Wagtail
354   Cape Turtle Dove 712   Mountain Wagtailed
358   Emerald-spotted Wood Dove 713   Cape Wagtail
359   Tambourine Dove 714   Yellow Wagtail
360   Lemon (Cinnamon) Dove 716   African Pipit
361   Afr. Green Pigeon 717   Longbilled Pipit
370   Knysna Turaco 718   Plainbacked Pipit
377   Redchested Cuckoo 720   Striped Pipit
378   Black Cuckoo 727   Cape Lo
382   Jacobin Cuckoo
384   Afr. Emerald Cuckoo