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.