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 Local Municipal Area: Citrusdal to Verlorenvlei & Elandsbaai Show details


CITRUSDAL, (S32º 35’22.03” E19º 00’52.22”) situated to the south-west of the Cederberg Wilderness Area, can be used very effectively to explore the natural wonders of the region. Several scenic drives are on offer and birding here can be very exciting. Most species mentioned in the discussion of the Cederberg Wilderness Area are accessible along these routes. The CITRUSDAL WARM BATHS are very popular with birders as several species normally associated with forest habitats can be found. Cape Batis, African Dusky Flycatcher, African Goshawk, African Olive Pigeon, Swee Waxbill and Olive Woodpecker have been recorded, and a surprising sighting was that of a Eurasian Golden Oriole.

Also try an outing via the PIEKERNIERSKLOOF PASS and EENDEKUIL to REDELINGHUYS and discover the delightful waterfowl at Verlorenvlei. This drive takes one through a variety of habitat types and slow birding here could allow sightings of the vast majority of specials in the region. VERLORENVLEI (S32º 19’038.43” E18º 22’14.06”) (SA 103) is registered as both an Important Bird Area and a RAMSAR site confirming the need to protect this crucial conservation area. Prospecting and mining applications in the area could threaten the future of one of South Africa’s few fresh water lakes. The diversity and abundance of waterfowl are simply superb: the vast majority of ducks, all three grebes, African Fish-Eagle, African Harrier-Hawk and Osprey are present and Rallidae include high densities of Baillon’s Crake, Red-chested Flufftail, African Rail and African Purple Swamphen. The Goliath Heron is a fairly recent arrival and significantly large numbers of Little Bittern and Caspian Tern are often present. The vegetation in the surrounding hills also supports species such as Cape Clapper, Cape Long-billed, Karoo and Large-billed Larks and many other arid habitat species: a total of 179 species was recorded in a single pentad in the bird atlasing project. A few rocky outcrops also support Verreaux’s Eagle, Rock Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon and Ground Woodpecker. The sheer numbers of birds are dramatically increased in summer, when the waders, bee-eaters, and martins, swallows and swifts arrive. The estuary mouth situated at Elands Bay is a popular area for Chestnut-banded Plover and African Black Oystercatcher. All of the region’s cormorants often occur here in large numbers. Verlorenvlei has in the past been rather inaccessible for birders, and the recent formation of the Vleikraal Contract Nature Reserve, as part of the CapeNature stewardship program within the Greater Cederberg Biodiversity Corridor, has addressed this situation to some degree. This Contract Nature Reserve gives access to the water and some of the surrounding hills. (Contact Marieta Schoeman at +27 022 9721341. For accommodation contact Fred van Zyl at +27 022 9721718).

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