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Location Zimbabwe, Midlands Province
Central coordinates 29o 44.00' East  18o 51.00' South
IBA criteria A4i
Area 3 ha
Altitude 1,150 - 1,283m
Year of IBA assessment 2001

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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.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Black Stork Ciconia nigra breeding  6-9 breeding pairs  A4i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Sebakwe poort Nature Reserve 3 is identical to site 3  

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
forestry -
nature conservation and research -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sebakwe Poort. Downloaded from on 27/10/2016

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