Birding Routes

THEEWATERSKLOOF BIRDING - INTRODUCTORY COMMENTS Show details

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


HOTTENTOTS HOLLAND NATURE RESERVE
All lovers of nature should visit the Hottentot Holland Nature Reserve for its stupendous and rugged mountain landscapes and the great diversity of fauna and flora. The rocky mountains dominated by fynbos, spring display of wild flowers and quiet natural pools create a perfect backdrop to excellent bird-watching. Several hiking trails are available and adrenalin junkies can participate in the recently established Cape Canopy Tour Zipline adventure. (See description below the text on birds to be expected in the reserve). The reserve is located in the Viljoen's Pass between Elgin and Villiersdorp at 34° 4' 26.64”S 19° 3' 42.41”E. A word of caution: the reserve’s mountainous terrain ranges between altitudes of 500m and 1 590m and weather conditions can be unpredictable and dangerous.

Most bird-watchers visiting this reserve do so in search of some of the the fynbos endemics such as HOTTENTOT BUTTONQUAIL, CAPE SISKIN, CAPE SUGARBIRD, ORANGE-BREASTED SUNBIRD and VICTORIN'S WARBLER. CAPE ROCK-JUMPER and PROTEA SEEDEATER have sadly not yet been seen according to the SABAP2 atlasing statistics. The impressive list of abundant endemics or near endemic species further include species such as BOKMAKIERIE, CAPE BULBUL, CAPE CANARY, GREY-BACKED CISTICOLA, FISCAL FLYCATCHER, CAPE GRASSBIRD, KAROO PRINIA, CAPE SPURFOWL and SOUTHERN DOUBLE-COLLARED SUNBIRD. Other common species are YELLOW BISHOP, PIED CROW, NEDDICKY, CAPE ROBIN-CHAT, AFRICAN STONECHAT, MALACHITE SUNBIRD and OLIVE THRUSH.
Rocky habitats and cliffs host CAPE BUNTING and CAPE ROCK-THRUSH, as well as JACKAL BUZZARD and ROCK KESTREL. BOOTED and VERREAUX'S EAGLES are sometimes seen patrolling the skies and WHITE-NECKED RAVEN is common. Thickets and remnant patches of indigenous forest regularly produce species such as BAR-THROATED APALIS, CAPE BATIS, SOUTHERN BOUBOU, FOREST BUZZARD and AFRICAN OLIVE-PIGEON. BLACK and GREY CUCKOO-SHRIKES and OLIVE WOODPECKER have been regarded as vagrant to the area and it surprising to note sightings of these. Other popular sightings include EUROPEAN BEE-EATER, DENHAM'S BUSTARD, AFRICAN FISH-EAGLE, SECRETARYBIRD and ALPINE SWIFT.
A welcome addition to activities in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve is the recent launching of zipline adventures by CAPE CANOPY TOUR. Interesting birds can be seen on these outings and most of the guides have attended a basic bird identification course. The text below was taken directly from the Cape Canopy Tour website and is posted with permission:
The Cape’s number one adventure activity is now open!
Current tour departure times are on the hour from 8am to 2pm, and each tour lasts approximately 4 hours.

After a safety briefing and kitting up at the reception, guests will be transported by 4×4 high into the mountain range: this is where the fun begins!
Two professional guides will accompany each small group, ensuring strict safety standards all the while providing an enlightening and educational experience, providing interesting facts about the nature and geology of this interesting area.
Slide along steel cables from platform to platform, taking you past waterfalls and through valleys, enjoying all that mother nature has to offer. With 13 platforms and slides up to 320m long, both nature and adventure enthusiasts will be sure to come back for more! After a short walk back to the vehicle, we transport you back down to enjoy a light meal together.
WHAT TO BRING
Please be sure to bring warm clothes — weather in the Cape can be unpredictable, especially up in the mountains
Comfortable shoes to walk in
Rain gear will be provided in wet weather
Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve contact details:
Office hours: 07h30 to 16h00
www.capenature.co.za
Tel: +27 (0)28 841 4301/02
Emergency tel: +27 (0)82 413 5258

(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).

Jackal Buzzard  (Image by CM)
Cape Spurfowl  (Image by AO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cape Canopy Tour 1  (Image Provided)
Cape Canopy Tour 2  (Image Provided)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neddicky  (Image by AO)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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