Top 10 bird-watching hot spots in Cape Town
1. Pelagic birding off Cape Town.
2. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.
3. The Constantia Green Belts.
4. The Boulders Beach African Penguin colony.
5. The Cape Point section of the Table Mountain National Park.
6. Intaka Island at Century City.
7. Rietvlei Wetland Reserve.
8. Strandfontein Sewage Works.
9. Rondevlei Nature Reserve.
10. Raapenberg Bird Sanctuary - target the Snowy Egret
The Cape Town municipal area in the Western Cape Province of South Africa is internationally renowned as a tourist destination. Consider, for instance, Table Mountain, one of the seven new natural wonders of the world, the Cape Floral Kingdom, spectacular land- and seascapes, acclaimed wines, diverse peoples ¬ the list goes on. One of the region’s greatest assets is the diversity of bird species found here: it hosts a diverse range of often sought-after endemic species, such as BANK, CAPE and CROWNED CORMORANTS, AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, AFRICAN PENGUIN, CAPE SISKIN, CAPE SUGARBIRD, ORANGE-BREASTED SUNBIRD, VICTORIN'S WARBLER and many more.
Further to this, several under-utilised and ecologically varied birding destinations such as the Table Mountain National Park, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, the Tygerberg and Helderberg Nature Reserves, the False Bay Ecology Park, Intaka Island at Century City and others need to be properly exposed to a rapidly growing birdwatching fraternity. Many exciting birding products already exist: The pelagic trips during which albatrosses and other exciting seabirds can be experienced are regarded as amongst the best and safest in the world, and are world-renowned; the African Penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simon's Town needs no introduction; and the migratory waders visiting the Strandfontein sewage works and Rondevlei Nature Reserve are legendary.