Combining indigenous forests, rocky coastlines, sandy beaches and grasslands, the Hluleka Nature Reserve is situated along the ancient Wild Coast within the district of Ngqeleni in the Eastern Cape.
Comprising coastal forest, the Hluleka Nature Reserve covers an area of 772ha and includes the adjacent coastal area. Hluleka’s biodiversity consists of indigenous animal species such as the blue duiker, elusive eland, zebra and a range of birdlife. The Hluleka Marine Protected Area is located alongside this Nature Reserve – between Coffee Bay and Port St Johns – and protects a 4km stretch of the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast.
This MPA provides sanctuary and protection for the Southern Right whale between April and December, the Humpback whale all year round as well as for humpback and bottlenose dolphins. The adjacent reserve includes the unique swamp forest, the Cape parrot and the green coucal.
Hluleka Marine Protected Area lies on the coast, 87km south east of Umtata and 20km south of Port St. Johns. It has a collection of beach coves and extends six nautical miles out to sea, protecting a rocky shoreline, a river mouth and sandy beaches.
The entire Hluleka Marine Protected Area is a no-take zone