Sebakwe Poort

Country/territory: Zimbabwe

IBA Criteria met: A4i (2001)
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Area: 3 ha

Protection status:

BirdLife Zimbabwe

Site description
Downstream by 10 km from the town of Kwekwe (which is in the geographical centre of Zimbabwe), and to its north-west, the Sebakwe river flows westwards through a 300-m-long gorge in a small range of hills, with cliffs up to 100 m in height. The river is up to 40 m wide, and there are almost no screes. The gorge is several kilometres downstream of the Lancashire Steel factory. Very close by on the east side are several small gold-mines, so that there is a certain amount of traffic on foot. The area is completely wooded in miombo, with Acacia lining the riverbanks. There is quite a diversity of tree species on the range of hills.

Key biodiversity
See Box for key species. Ciconia nigra nest on the cliffs, all but one pair being on the south cliff and facing north-east. This is the largest ‘colony’ in Zimbabwe. Also nesting on the cliffs are one pair of Falco peregrinus (in 1997 for the first time in several years) and one pair of Falco biarmicus.

Non-bird biodiversity: None known to BirdLife International.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Sebakwe Poort. Downloaded from on 23/02/2020.