Birding Routes

Introducing the Flamingo Birding Route Show details

Birds and Birding along the West Coast Show details


A visit to the Cape West Coast where the fynbos biome with its exotic sugarbirds passes into the Succulent Karoo and Nama Karoo biomes will afford the visitor a celebration of diverse peoples, landscapes, culinary delights, internationally recognised wetlands and spectacular spring wildflower displays. This arid region offers splendid white beaches and coastal plains, dominated by Strandveld fynbos and studded with picturesque granite outcrops. Inland, the Cederberg Wilderness Area is seen as one of the best examples of the Cape Fold Mountains. The tourism infrastructure is well developed at quaint fishing villages along the coast and inland country towns. Tourist attractions vary from famous eco-tourism destinations such as the West Coast Fossil Park, the West Coast National Park, Bird Island at Lambert’s Bay, the Lower Berg River Wetlands and the Olifants River estuary, to upmarket facilities at places such as Club Mykonos, Paternoster and Port Owen.

The Cape West Coast offers a variety of top birding destinations, with no less than seven Important Bird Areas (IBA’s) registered with BirdLife International. The registration of two wetland systems as RAMSAR sites emphasizes the importance of the region for waterfowl. Applications for another two have been submitted. The wealth of the region’s terrestrial species is often overlooked, as the region has the reputation for producing sightings of rare and vagrant migratory waders during summer. South African birders have encountered near mythical species such as Dunlin, Black-tailed and Hudsonian Godwits, Red-necked and Wilson’s Phalaropes, Eurasian Oystercatcher, and Baird’s, Pectoral and Broad-billed Sandpipers.

The Cape West Coast is best known for the annual display of wild flowers which burst into sight from late July to early October. Birding and flower viewing enhance each other and form perfect partners. The viewing of flowers is at its best during the hottest time of day between 11h00 and 15h00. For the latest flower reports visit: www.tourismcapetown.co.za A flower hotline is also available at +27 071 320 7146.

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