Birding Routes

Introducing the Flamingo Birding Route Show details


The Flamingo Birding Route, along the Cape West Coast in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, is internationally renowned as a tourist destination. What more can one ask for than the world’s greatest spring flowers show, spectacular land- and seascapes, acclaimed wines, an interestingly diverse population and wonderful seafoods? In addition to these attractions, the Cape West Coast hosts an amazing range of sought after and often endemic bird species, including Bank, Cape and Crowned Cormorants, Cape Gannet, African Black Oystercatcher, African Penguin, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Victorin’s Warbler, Protea Seedeater, and Cape Siskin. There are also several underutilised and ecologically varied birding destinations such as the Langebaan lagoon, the Berg River estuary, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, Verlorenvlei, Bird Island at Lambert’s Bay, the Olifants River estuary, the Knersvlakte, and the Cederberg Wilderness Area. Birding around the towns of Porterville and Piketberg also deserves exposure to a rapidly growing bird-watching fraternity. Many exciting birding opportunities already exist, of which the migratory waders visiting the West Coast National Park are probably the most famous. This birding brochure, developed by Anton Odendal on behalf of BirdLife Overberg, and sponsored by WESGRO, introduces visitors to some of the special birds of the region, and describes locations where they can be found. The reference numbers on the map are reflected in both the text and index. GPS reference points and the contact details of tourism offices are provided. Detailed descriptions are regularly updated on the Birding Routes section of the Flamingo Birding Route pages of www.westerncapebirding.co.za. The brochure places strong emphasis on the West Coast National Park as the flagship birding destination of the region, and then describes birding opportunities in the five local municipal areas. These descriptions are aimed at assisting visiting birders to gain easier access to birding sites in each municipal area, even though some birders will prefer to travel along either the coast or the N7 freeway.

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

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