Day Trips In And Around Cape Town

Cape Town offers a wide variety of birding options. Due to the very nature of birding we now offer birding day trips that are made up of one or more of the destinations listed below. They can be taken in any order. As much or as little time can be spent at each destination.

Cost - €195 / $215 / £140 per person per day (minimum of two pax/maximum of eight pax)

 

Option 1: Rondevlei/Strandfontein Sewage Works

Rondevlei is a great birding destination and if you are really lucky you will see a couple of hippos there too. It has awesome hides, watch towers and has had its paths recently repaved. Right next door to the south is the Strandfontein Bird Sanctuary that is home to a vast array of waders and ducks.

Option 2: Intaka Island

An area 16 hectares in size has been set aside as a dedicated wetland and bird sanctuary. Water for the Canal Walk complex is reticulated through its many pools and ponds to keep it healthy. There is a new visitors center and two dedicated hides. Many species are found here including specials like the Painted Snipe, Malachite Kingfisher and Little Bittern.

Option 3: Betty's Bay

Betty's Bay boasts one of only two mainland African Penguin colonies. Breeding has been very successful here. This is one of the few places you will get to see 4 x species of comorant and there are plenty of photo opportunities from the boardwalk. There is also a healthy colony of Rock Hyrax to add a bit of variety. We will also visit the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens which is a real piece of heaven. The garden and its associated paths winds its way up into a kloof where there is a perennial waterfall and a bridge over the river leading up into the mountain. Birds including Cape Robin-Chat, Swee Waxbills, Cape Batis, Neddicky, Cape Sugarbirds, Southern Double Collared Sunbirds and Cape Rock Thrush can be seen here.

Option 4: Cape Point

Found on the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula and part of the Cape Peninsula National Park. It hosts a limited amount of mammals such as Bontebok, Eland and Cape Clawless Otter but has a fair amount of interesting birds such as Peregrine Falcons, Red-wing Starlings, Orange Breasted Sunbirds etc.

Option 5: Rietvlei

There are two good hides within near proximity. Many species are seen here including Egyptian Geese, Spurwing Geese, Red Billed Teal, Cape Shovellers, Karoo Prinia, Great White Pelican. Then if you are lucky you will see specials such as African Fish Eagle, Marsh Harrier, African Spoonbill and African Gallinule (Purple Swamphen). In season you will see large flocks of Lesser and Greater Flamingo's.

Option 6: Koeberg Nature Reserve

This nature reserve is placed just north of Cape Town on the west coast. Various special of birds areto be seen here including Cape Spurfowl, Malachite Sunbirds, Steppe Buzzards (seasonal), Black Shouldered Kite. Specials include but are not limited to Black Harrier, Cape Penduline Tit, Cape Wheatear. The reserve is also host to Springbok, Burchell's Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, Common Eland, Bontebok, Steenbok and Common Duikers.

Option 7: Helderberg Nature Reserve

A 50km drive across the Cape Flats takes us to the sleepy town of Somerset West. Hear we will find the Helderberg Nature Reserve which is rich in Fynbos which is in turn rich in birdlife. Expect to see at least three species of Sunbird, Black Eagle, Red-Breasted Sparrow Hawk, Swee Waxbill and Cape Sugarbird.

Option 8: Paarl Bird Sanctuary

This is a wonderful wetland that can provide some really interesting surprises. Many species of duck make this their home as do a large colony of Lesser Flamingos, Weavers and Herons.There are a couple of hides from which to observe these birds. This sanctuary can only be visited on weekends.

Option 9: West Coast National Park

The WCNP is home to many species of birds especially waders and shore birds that can be seen from their two hides on the lagoon. They also have a third hide on a dam which I havealways found rewarding. White Throated Swallows have actually bred in the hide. Namaqua Doves are frequent visitors as are the various species of Herons and Egrets.

Option 10: Rocherpan

This is a longer drive up the west coast but well worth the visit. Rocherpan is a river whose mouth was closed off from the sea.It now provides a wader haven. Five new cottages have been built and are for hire. This nature reserve would serve well as an overnighter. There are two hides and a wide variety of birds can be seen here from Western Marsh Harrier to Stilts,Cape Shovellers, Lesser Flamingos, Bokmakiries and many others.

Option 11 : Constantia Greenbelts

These are to be in Cape Towns wealthy and leafy suburbs on the eastern side of Table Mountain. Specials such as Red Chested Flufftails can be spotted at dush. Rare sightings of Knysna and Victorins Warbler as well as Amethyst Sunbirds are also to be seen. Common Chaffinchs have also made this area their home.

Option 12 : Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Where else would you get better birding in the city than at the botanical gardens. The gardens offers restaurants, kilometers of pathways amongst stunning vegetation indigenous vegetation, tranquil streams, an overhead walkway and of course ... birds ! This is not a destination to miss. There is even a resident, breeding pair of Spotted Eagle Owls. Sunbirds and Sugarbirds are here is droves. Olive Woodpeckers, Cape Batis, African Dusky Flycatchers are also to be found here.

Option 13 : Rooiels

This is the home to the Cape Rockjumper and Ground Woodpecker and is a must for the descerning birder.

 
   
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Cape Town Birding Tours

Birding safaris and tours in and around Cape Town.


Cape Robin-Chat (Cossypha caffra)
Southern Boubou  (Laniarius ferrugineus)
Cape Sparrow  (Passer melanurus)
African Dusky Flycatcher  (Muscicapa adusta)
Cape Weaver  (Ploceus capensis)
Lesser Striped Swallow  (Cecropis abyssinica)
Orange-breasted Sunbird (Anthobaphes violacea)
Cape Canary  (Serinus canicollis)
Southern Red Bishop  (Euplectes orix)
Black-headed Heron  (Ardea melanocephala)
Brimstone Canary  (Crithagra sulphurata)
Cape Rock Thrush  (Monticola rupestris)
Southern Masked Weaver  (Ploceus velatus)
Caspian Tern  (Hydroprogne caspia)
Cape White-eye (Zosterops capensis)
Common Sandpiper  (Actitis hypoleucos)
Karoo Prinia  (Prinia maculosa)
Great White Pelican  (Pelecanus onocrotalus)
Malachite Sunbird (Nectarinia famosa)
Fiscal Flycatcher  (Sigelus silens)
Pin-tailed Whydah  (Vidua macroura)