The West Coast Birding Safari centres around Elands Bay which is at the mouth of the Olifants River. The river just before it enters the sea is more like a lagoon and is the home of large amounts of both sea birds and endemic wetland birds.

Day 1 Cape Town to Elands Bay

We will collect you from your guest lodge and head north on the N1 before branching onto the R27. Our first stop will be Intaka Island, a dedicated  bird sanctuary in the city. From here we will drive onto the West Coast National Park where we will stop at their three hides before having lunch. After lunch we will head north again to the sleepy town of Elands Bay.

  • Accommodation - Lodge
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 222 km
  • Duration – 3 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar
  • Specials along the way - Pied Starling, Namaqua Sandgrouse, Capped Wheatear

Day 2 Elands Bay and Surrounds

This morning we will be up early to explore the Verloerenvlei river estuary and the myriad of birds that make it their home. There are plenty waders and sea birds to be seen here. We will also take a drive up the gravel road to Lamberts Bay. Tonight we will have a traditional South African braai.

  • Accommodation - Lodge
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – Various
  • Duration – Various
  • Conditions – Tar /Dirt
  • Specials along the way - African Rock Pipit, Sabota Lark, Black Harrier

Day 3 Elands Bay - Cape Town

After a leisurely breakfast we will head south again making stops at Rocherpan and Rietvlei but not hesitating to break our journey if we come across anything special. You will be delivered to your lodge late afternoon in time for dinner.

  • Accommodation - Lodge
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Distance – 222 km
  • Duration – 3 hrs
  • Conditions – Tar /Dirt

Specials along the way - African Fish Eagle, European Bee-Eater, Rock Kestrel

Cost - €585 / $645 / £420 per person (minimum 1/maximum 8)

Terms and conditions and single client supplement do apply.

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange and fuel price fluctuations.

Malachite Kingfisher  Alcedo cristata 


West Coast Birds

Brimstone Canary  (Crithagra sulphurata)
Cape Sparrow  (Passer melanurus)
Cape Weaver  (Ploceus capensis)
Capped Wheatear  (Oenanthe pileata)
Common Fiscal  (Lanius collaris)
Karoo Scrub Robin  (Erythropygia coryphaeus)
Rock Kestrel  (Falco rupicolus)
Speckled Pigeon  (Columba guinea)
Yellow Bishop  (Euplectes capensis)1
Southern Double-collared Sunbird  (Cinnyris chalybeus)
Greater Painted-snipe (Rostratula benghalensis)  African Rail (Rallus caerulescens)  Common Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus) African Pipit (Anthus cinnamomeus)  African Fish Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)  Red-eyed Dove (Streptopelia semitorquata)  Southern Black Korhaan (Afrotis afra)  Damara canary (Serinus leucolaema)Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix)  Yellow Bishop (Euplectes capensis)  Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis)  Cape Bunting (Emberiza capensis)