THE TOP TEN BIRDING DESTINATIONS AND MORE ALONG THE CAPE WHALE COAST
Posted on the 5th December 2017
We are proud to announce the launch of this page developed through a small grant from the Table Mountain Fund, WWF-SA and the Agulhas Biosphere Initiative. This describes where one goes bird-watching in the Overstrand area and where to look for specific species.
Find these detailed descriptions of all the top bird-watching destinations along the beautiful Cape Whale Coast here:
In our opinion the 10 top bird-watching hot spots along the Cape Whale Coast are:
1. Cape Rock-jumpers and several other fynbos endemics at Rooiels.
2. African Penguins and the three threatened cormorant species at Stony Point.
3. Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher and Victorin's Warblers at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden.
4. Waders aplenty and Western Osprey at the Rooisand Nature Reserve along the shores of the Botriviervlei.
5. A variety of water birds at the Vermont salt pan.
6. Cape Sugarbirds and Orange-breasted Sunbirds at the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.
7. A variety of species along the Hermanus Cliff Path.
8. The bird hide at Willem Appel se Dam in Stanford.
9. Tern day roosts and Southern Tchagra along the Danger Point Peninsula.
10. More waders, terns, kingfishers and African Black Oystercatchers at the Uilenkraals River Estuary.
The Overstrand municipal area in the Overberg region in the Western Cape Province of South Africa is internationally renowned as a tourist destination - think of the Cape Floral Kingdom, spectacular land- and seascapes, acclaimed wines, whale-watching, diverse people and the list goes on. The so-called 'Cape Whale Coast' offers many delights. One of the region’s greatest assets relates to the diversity of bird species found in the region: it hosts a range of often sought after endemic bird species, such as the Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Victorin’s Warbler, Protea Seedeater, Cape Siskin, African Black Oystercatcher and many more. Further to this, several under-utilised and ecologically varied birding destinations such as the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, the Fernkloof Nature Reserves, the Vermont Salt Pan, the estuaries at Botriver, Onrus, Kleinrivier and Uilenkraalsmond need to be properly exposed to a rapidly growing bird-watching fraternity. Many exciting birding products already exist: The “Cape Rock-jumper site” at Rooiels is world renowned, the African Penguin colony at Stony Point needs no introduction and the migratory waders visiting the Danger Point Peninsula and the Botriver estuary are legendary. Use the link above to explore the brilliant birding destinations along the Cape Whale Coast.