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