Become a Wildlife Explorer for a day

On October 30th, for 24 hours, a group of kids, grown-ups, beginners and expert naturalists and other members of the public, all working together, will conduct a fun scientific expedition to see how many species we can find out in the wild.

Where + Why

We’re setting up our ‘Basecamp’ in a grassy patch near the Alexandria Coastal Dunefield. If you’re not familiar, it’s a collection of coastal dunes between Port Elizabeth and Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape and is the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Parts of the Alexandria Coastal Dunefield and the adjacent Alexandria Forest are now included in the Greater Addo Elephant National Park and this is known as their ‘Woody Cape Section’. It offers a unique and extraordinary wilderness resource which only a few other landscapes in South Africa provide.

Help us build a list of everything we find in and around Woody Cape as we set live traps and go on expeditions, learning from the experts along the way while also having fun.

Registration

To take part in the BioBlitz you will need to register. It’s easy to register below or you can send an email or call us with your details.

Once you’re registered we will be able to communicate with you and send you updates. There are a few different ways in which you can participate…

Volunteer – a formally recognised assistant at the BioBlitz performing a wide range of roles at the event.
Naturalist – a formally recognised specialist volunteer performing a leading role in species identification and/or recording at the BioBlitz.
Visitor – visiting member of the public, school groups, community groups, etc. who take part in the BioBlitz.

Activities

A complete list of activities will be available on our website by September 2015 – bioblitz.co.za

Accommodation + Food

We will be making full use of our 24 hours – remember, this is a race against time – so we will be offering accommodation. Camp sites will be available free of charge, but you will need to bring your own tent and sleeping bag.

We have dorms available so if you don’t mind sharing, budget-style beds will be available for the weekend for R85 a night. Family chalets are also available at reduced rates through Woody Cape Backpackers & Nature Lodge.

A short menu of burgers, hot dogs and pizzas will be available for lunch. Muffins, tea and coffee will be provided for breakfast and snacks, and a braai for the evening we complete the BioBlitz.

Directions + Contacts

Find us at our Basecamp at Woody Cape Backpackers & Nature Lodge. This will be the starting point for activities and where we’ll be reporting on all our results.

From Port Elizabeth

Take the N2 towards Grahamstown, then the R72 towards Port Alfred. Just before you get into the town of Alexandria you will see the golf course on your left and a gravel road to the right with sign indicating Addo Elephant National Park. Turn right. Continue though the automatic boom and follow the road for about 15km after which there is a turnoff to the right marked with our red sign. Follow this road to our gate marked Woody Cape Backpackers & Nature Lodge.

From East London or Port Alfred

If you are coming from Port Alfred, continue on the R72 past Kenton-On-Sea after a few kilometres you will see a sign indicating Boknes/Cannon Rocks. Take the turn off and continue on the tar road until you get to a 4-way stop. Turn right onto a gravel road for roughly 200m and then turn first left. Continue through the automatic boom for about 20km after which there is a turnoff to the left marked with our red sign. Follow this road to our gate marked Woody Cape Backpackers & Nature Lodge.

Contact Nathan by emailing [email protected] or calling 086 111 4646 for any questions.

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