A stroll along the ‘towpath’ at Redhouse, Port Elizabeth.

A stroll along the ‘towpath’ at Redhouse, Port Elizabeth.

Redhouse is a small village located to the north of Port Elizabeth. It is adjacent to a declared wetland reserve, soon hopefully to be a Ramsar site. The village is situated on the Swartkops River and there are over 10,000 water birds there in the summer, including beautiful flamingos aplenty. There are no shops or businesses in Redhouse, apart from two Bed & Breakfast establishments – this village is truly a hidden gem. There is a lawn bowling club, a squash court, a sailing club, and quaint village hall. These photos are of my stroll recently ‘along the towpath’. A superb destination for peace and relaxation.

Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance, designated under the Ramsar Convention. Wetlands are defined as areas of marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres. Ramsar sites may also incorporate riparian (banks of a stream, river, pond or watercourse) and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marine water deeper than six metres at low tide lying within the wetlands.

Ramsar info taken from: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/ourwork/conservation/designations/ramsars/

What is a towpath?     taken from Wikipedia:

A towpath is a road or trail on the bank of a river, canal, or other inland waterway. The purpose of a towpath is to allow a land vehicle, beasts of burden, or a team of human pullers to tow a boat, often a barge. This mode of transport was common where sailing was impractical due to tunnels and bridges, unfavourable winds, or the narrowness of the channel. After the Industrial Revolution, towing became obsolete when engines were fitted on boats and when railway transportation superseded the slow towing method. Since then, many of these towpaths have been converted to multi-use trails. They are still named towpaths – although they are now only occasionally used for the purpose of towing boats.

And a few weeks later we were strolling along the Flamingo Trail with members and staff of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and the Zwartkops Conservancy Trust- on the opposite banks of the Swartkops River:-)



redhouse towpath

Redhouse towpath



swartkops river, redhouse

Swartkops River, Redhouse

beautiful river frontage

Beautiful river frontage

shady swing

Shady swing

glorious spring along the towpath

Glorious spring along the towpath

egyptian goose surveying the scene

Egyptian goose surveying the scene

strelitzias in bloom along swartkops river

Strelitzias in bloom along Swartkops River

tranquility at redhouse

Tranquility at Redhouse