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 SEEBERG HIDE, (S33º 09’509” E18º 03’637”) with its new boardwalk, is situated about 1km from the LANGEBAAN ENTRANCE (S33º 07’057” E18º 03’308”) to the Park and the best viewing here is at high tide. Several hundreds of Greater Flamingos can be viewed here in winter, and summer produces vast numbers of terns and waders. Vagrants viewed at the hide in recent years include Black-tailed and Hudsonian Godwits, Eurasian Oystercatchers, Lesser Sand Plover and Broad-billed, Terek and White-rumped Sandpipers.

The ABRAHAMSKRAAL HIDE (S33º 13’857” E18º 08’136”) is always worth a visit as the area holds the only accessible fresh water in the Park. Expect to find species such as Black Crake, Little Grebe, African Rail, African Spoonbill, African Purple Swamphen and Lesser Swamp and Little Rush Warblers. Also look out for Yellow-billed Duck, SA Shelduck, Cape Shoveler and Cape and Red-billed Teals. Large numbers of martins and swallows, together with Wood Sandpiper are to be seen in summer. Black Harrier and African Marsh-Harrier often quarter past here, and White-throated and Yellow Canaries, Cape Longclaw and Cape Wagtail are often seen at the water. The access road to the hide often produces species such as Bokmakierie, Grey-backed and Levaillant’s Cisticola, Grey-winged Francolin, Wattled Starling, White-backed Mousebird and Namaqua Sandgrouse.

TSAARBANK ( S33º 08’900” E18º 00’105”) on the Atlantic seaboard should be visited, as Bank, Cape and Crowned Cormorants, Hartlaub’s and Kelp Gulls, African Black Oystercatcher and several terns are found here. Occasionally pelagic species also pass by, particularly during stormy weather. Spotting scopes are needed to look for African Penguins and other interesting species on the distant Vondeling Island. Whales are often to be seen between May and November. Access is allowed to the privately owned POSTBERG NATURE RESERVE (S33º 08’675” E18º 00’227”) during the flower season in spring and it is generally regarded as the best venue to see flowers reasonably close to Cape Town. Bird and game viewing here is good, and most of the larks and pipits to be expected in the region are normally on view. A visit here during spring gives the visitor the best of both the flowers and birds of the West Coast.

The JUTTEN, MALGAS and SCHAAPEN ISLANDS are of critical conservation importance to the tens of thousands birds that breed here. Bank, Crowned and Cape Cormorants, Cape Gannet, African Black Oystercatcher and African Penguin abound. Access to these islands is, unfortunately, but understandably, not allowed.

Self-catering accommodation is available at DUINEPOS. (S33º 11’701” E18º 08’289”). This facility is managed by a group of local ladies, and birding around the chalets is simply superb. Terrestrial species such as Bokmakierie, Karoo Scrub-Robin and Grey Tit are often found. It is within easy walking distance of the Geelbek complex. (Reservations: +27 022 707 9900 or info@duinepos.co.za)

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