Birding Routes

Introducing the Flamingo Birding Route Show details

Birds and Birding along the West Coast Show details

The West Coast National Park: Geelbek and Surrounds Show details

The West Coast National Park: The Outlying Areas Show details

The Swartland Local Municipal Region: Malmesbury, Hopefield and Moorreesburg Show details

The Swartland Local Municipal Region: Darling and Yzerfontein Show details

The Saldanha Bay Local Municipal Region: Langebaan and Surrounds Show details

Saldanha Bay Local Municipal Region: Saldanha to Velddrif Show details

The Berg River Local Municipal Region: Porterville to Velddrif Show details


There are several excellent birding options in the PORTERVILLE area (S33º 00’41.67” E18º 59’36.21”). There is a Blue Crane Route that is well worth the detour east of the N7. Travel from Porterville along the R365 and follow the Cardouw road along the base of the Olifants River Mountains and back to the R365 and Porterville. Blue Cranes often occur here in large numbers, particularly in winter, and also expect to find Familiar Chat, African Stonechat, Secretarybird, Capped Wheatear and most of the LBJ’s to be expected along the Cape West Coast. The Groot Winterhoek Wilderness Area lies 33 km east of Porterville and is found from the Cardouw road. It features interesting hiking trails, astonishing landscapes dominated by sandstone formations and many rock paintings. Be on the lookout for Verreaux’s Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Cape Rock-jumper, Protea Seedeater and Ground Woodpecker. (www.capenature.co.za)

PIKETBERG (S32º 54’21.04” E18º 45’20.37”) is yet another of the towns along the N7 that needs to be investigated by birders, as it affords birding in wheatfield and mountain habitats and gives access to the Berg River. At the lodge where we stayed, we found Familiar Chat, Lesser Honeyguide, Cape Rock-Thrush and Cardinal Woodpecker, together with Booted and Verreaux’s Eagle, Lanner and Peregrine Falcons, African Goshawk and African Harrier-Hawk. DIE BRUG (S32º 59’47.33” E18º 46’42.76”) (The Bridge) is historically very interesting, and the selection of waterfowl found here is exceptional. The highlight of birding in this district, however, is at PIKET-BO-BERG (S32º 48’10.92” E18º 39’42.31”). The mountain top habitats are unique to the West Coast. The area has abundant water and is a well-known fruit-growing region. This is reminiscent of what is to be expected in the Cederberg. Visit the Farmers Market at Kruistementvlei on the last Saturday of each month while birding in the area. More information on birding in the area can be found at: www.piket-bo-berg.co.za/bird.html. Piketberg can be used very effectively to explore the birding delights of the interior of the Cape West Coast. To the south of Piketberg lies KORINGBERG (S33º 01’10.12” E18º 40’26.40”) and the area around this village also deserves thorough investigation.

The R399 between Piketberg and Velddrif takes one through a variety of landscapes and most of the species mentioned in the description of Piketberg can be found along this road. As this road is particularly good for LBJ’s and raptors slow birding is advised.

To the north of the R399 lies AURORA, (S32º 42’01.00” E18º 28’59.64”) yet another little hamlet that would repay investigation by serious birders. This mountainous area gives access to many of the Western Cape specials. One report describes sightings of Booted and Verreaux’s Eagle, Cape Grassbird, Cape Rock-jumper, Streaky-headed and Protea Seedeaters, Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird, a vagrant Palm-nut Vulture and Ground Woodpecker. (Visit www.mountainmist.co.za)

The Berg River Local Municipal Region: The Lower Berg River Wetlands Show details

The Berg River Local Municipal Region: Laaiplek & Rocherpan Show details

The Cederberg Local Municipal Area: Cederberg Wilderness Area Show details

The Cederberg Local Municipal Area: Citrusdal to Verlorenvlei & Elandsbaai Show details

Cederberg Local Municipal Area: Clanwilliam to Lambert Show details

The Matzikama Local Municipal Region: Olifants River Estuary Show details

The Matzikama Local Municipal Region: Vanrhynsdorp and the Knersvlakte Show details