Birding Routes

THEEWATERSKLOOF BIRDING - INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS Show details


The Theewaterskloof local municipal area in the Western Cape Province of South Africa is internationally renowned as a tourist destination. Consider, for instance, the many beautiful mountain passes, the Cape Floral Kingdom, spectacular landscapes, acclaimed wines and fruit, diverse peoples ¬ the list goes on. One of the region’s greatest assets is the diversity of bird species found in the area: it hosts a diverse range of often sought-after endemic bird species, such as CAPE ROCK-JUMPER, PROTEA SEEDEATER, CAPE SISKIN, CAPE SUGARBIRD, ORANGE-BREASTED SUNBIRD, VICTORIN'S WARBLER, GROUND WOODPECKER and many more. 

Further to this, several under-utilised and ecologically varied birding destinations such as the Sir Lowry's and van der Stel Passes, Theewaterskloof and Eikenhof Dams, the Overberg Wheatbelt, the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, the Swartrivier and Oudekraal gravel roads and others need to be properly exposed to a rapidly growing bird-watching fraternity. It is impossible to describe all of the birding destinations that the Theewaterskloof region has to offer ¬ several of the destinations not described at this stage can be incorporated later as this is needed. The region further boasts an excellent tourism infrastructure and several accommodation establishments are well equiped to cope with the demands set by local and international bird-watchers. This includes the availability of bird guides that regularly visit the area and a bird checklist for the Overberg region is available at the following link:

http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/overberg/checklist.php

This text serves as an introductory overview to assist the visitor to track down some of the sought-after birds of the region and provides information on where they can search for them. The text should be seen as a starting point to be used against the backdrop of the website. Dropdown menus are provided with each body of text and these offer links to more comprehensive articles, trip reports and websites that the visitor can utilise to assist with the planning of birding excursions. These links will be updated on a continual basis. Basic GPS reference points are provided in most cases.

NB: IMPORTANT ISSUES TO RAISE - The area is largely commercial and there are very few places that birders can actually enter. For this reason the generic description of the Overberg Wheatbelt only serves as an introduction on what species visitors could expect to find in various habitat types. The detailed descriptions of sites and roads/ routes will give bird-watchers suggestions on where to in actual fact look for specific species.

(Note that there are links to more information, trip reports and the like below the photographs that may be used to further plan a visit to the area).

Cape Rock-jumper  (Image by CM)
Cape Sugarbird  (Image by CM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overberg landscape  (Image by AO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Crane landscape  (Image by CM)

 

 

More Blue Cranes  (Image by AO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ENDEMIC AND OTHER SPECIAL BIRD SPECIES OF THE THEEWATERSKLOOF REGION Show details

BIRDING IN THE OVERBERG WHEATBELT IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIODIVERSITY AREA - INTRODUCTORY OVERVIEW Show details

THE SIR LOWRYS PASS SITE Show details

THE KOGELBERG BIOSPHERE RESERVE Show details

THE HIGHLANDS AND VALLEY ROADS LOOPS Show details

THE ELGIN/ GRABOUW COUNTRY CLUB & EIKENHOF DAM Show details

HOTTENTOTS HOLLAND NATURE RESERVE Show details

VILLIERSDORP Show details

THE THEEWATERSKLOOF DAM Show details

BOTRIVER VILLAGE AND VAN DER STEL PASS Show details

THE KARWYDERSKRAAL AND SWARTRIVIER ROADS Show details

CALEDON VILLAGE Show details

THE CALEDON WILD FLOWER GARDEN Show details

THE OUDEKRAAL ROAD AND TESSELAARSDAL Show details

THE R326 BETWEEN STANFORD AND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

THE R406 TO GREYTON Show details

GREYTON VILLAGE AND NATURE RESERVE Show details

THE R406 BETWEEN GREYTON AND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

BIRDING IN AND AROUND RIVIERSONDEREND Show details

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Show details