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

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 WILDERNESS AREA that forms part of the Cederberg-Koue Bokkeveld IBA (SA 101) is rugged, with surreal landscapes, broken rocks and balancing boulders. The area has an international reputation for its spring flowers, numerous rock art sites and many hiking trails. The area covers the wild territory between the Middelberg Pass from Ceres and the Klipbokberg Pass from Kagga Kamma in the south and Pakhuis Pass between Clanwilliam and the Tanqua Karoo in the north. All three of these passes can produce exceptional birding, and vehicles with a high clearance are needed when exploring the region. The Pakhuis Pass is regarded as the best for birding in the Cederberg as it is in close proximity to Clanwilliam and convenient picnic sites allow for comfortable bird-watching. The SUMMIT OF THE PASS (S32º 08’06.70” E19º00’07.60”) where the Heuningvlei trail starts is particularly recommended. Many species associated with fynbos habitats can be found. They may include Cape Rock-jumper (on higher rocks), Protea Seedeater, Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Victorin’s Warbler. Also expect to find Cape Batis, Cape and Sentinel Rock-Thrushes and Ground Woodpecker. Birding along the roads towards Wupperthal, and between Clanwilliam and the Algeria Forest Station can also be exceptional. The wetlands along the latter route can be particularly productive and an African Rail was recently reported from here. The ALGERIA FOREST STATION (S32º 22’27.24” E19º 03’37.24”) (www.capenature.co.za) can be used by more active birders to access the many exciting hiking trails in the central Cederberg zone. The Maltese Cross, the Wolfberg Cracks and the Wolfberg Arch are some of the most famous and popular hikes to attempt, though birding at these sites is seldom reported on. All six of the fynbos endemics, together with Booted and Verreaux’s Eagle are regularly found. Several accommodation options are available at SANDDRIF. ( S32º 30’14” E19º 15’28”) (Visit www.cederbergwine.com) Towards the east in the Driehoek, Dwarsrivier and Matjiesrivier valleys, the species associated with Karoo landscapes appear. The Matjiesrivier Nature Reserve, where accommodation is unfortunately not available, is particularly good for these arid zone species. Lower lying plains can produce Karoo and Southern Black Korhaan, and, astonishingly, all of Karoo, Karoo Long-billed, Large-billed and Spike-heeled Larks, Karoo and Tractrac Chats and Namaqua and Rufous-eared Warbler. Acacia thickets along river courses and drainage lines can produce Pririt Batis, Yellow-bellied Eremomela, Fairy Flycatcher, Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler and Namaqua Warbler, while Grey Tit and Layard’s Tit-Babbler can be found in the scrubs along the slopes. Other birds of prey to be found in the Cederberg can include Cape Eagle-Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Greater and Rock Kestrels, and occasionally Martial Eagle and Black Harrier.

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