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Birdwatching Cape Town
Day tours: Birding in & around Cape Town
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Half Day Tours (approximate duration 4 hours)
HD1 Cape Flats Wetlands
HD2 Paarl
HD3 Hottentots Holland
HD4 Half Day Habitats
  Natural History Tours - Somerset West,
Hermanus and Garden Route
Full Day Tours (approximate duration 10hours)
FD1 Cape Habitats
FD2 Mountains of Africa
FD3 West Coast National Park
FD4 Cape Peninsula
  Natural History Tours - Somerset West,
Hermanus and Garden Route

Price include entrance fees but exclude teas and meals (for details, please see our Prices page). Day tours provide for a 45 minute lunch stop with the opportunity to buy take aways or a light lunch.

2-day Tankwa Karoo Loop and 2-day Agulhas Plains (Overberg) Birding Trips also available.
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BirdWatch Cape offers these tours as the appointed agent of established Western Cape Tour Operators.

Considered one of the most beautiful cities on earth, Cape Town has much to offer the bird-watcher, naturalist and ecotourist.

The indigenous flora of the area comprises the smallest of the six floral kingdoms of the world. This wondeful array of protea, erica, bulbous plants, succulents and spring annuals supports more than 200 relatively easily seen bird species of which over 60 are endemic to Southern Africa. These endemics include 6 species unique to the mountain fynbos vegetation of the area.

Cape Town is also regarded as a sea bird capital of the world. A pelagic bird trip to the continental shelf approximately 25 nautical miles south of Cape Point can yield 20+ pelagic species.

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Half Day Tours (approximate duration 4 hours)
HD1 - Cape Flats Wetlands
The Cape Flats is an area of extensive wetland and unique strandveld vegetation both of which are under extreme urbanisation pressure.

Rondevlei Nature Reserve is South Africa’s oldest Ornithological Field Station. The Reserve boasts a very easy and comfortable walk and some excellent bird hides and observation towers. Ideal for photography.

Strandfontein Waste Water Treatment Works is one of the most important wetlands in South Africa. It supports more birds for example than the famous St Lucia Estuary in Kwazulu.

Greater Flamingo and Pied Avocet

Photograph courtesy Patricia Larkham, UK

Many common and less common wetland species, including the endemic South African Shelduck and Cape Shoveler, may be seen on the trip. This, together with an interesting variety of bush birds, helps guarantee a minimum of 40 species for your morning's endeavors.

HD2 - Paarl

Situated in the Cape countryside, with splendid mountain scenery, the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is an excellent spot for the more common mountain fynbos endemics and also provides a home for some of our more elusive birds – including Swee Waxbill, Streaky-headed Seedeater, Fiscal Flycatcher, Bar-throated Apalis and the endemic Forest Buzzard. Paarl Bird Sanctuary, set on the banks of the Berg River, is the most beautiful of the Western Cape wetlands and is home to most Western Cape wetland species.

Orange-breasted Sunbird

Photograph courtesy Patricia Larkham, UK
HD3 - Hottentots Holland
A full morning in the Hottentots Holland mountains. This provides the best opportunity in the Western Cape to see five of our mountain Fynbos passerine endemics – Cape Rock-jumper, Victorin’s Warbler, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Cape Siskin. Ground Woodpecker can also put in an appearance. Included is a visit Rooi Els – where the mountains literally come down to the sea and a great spot for Cape Rock Thrush. Cape Sugarbird

Photograph courtesy Richard Stone, USA
HD4 - Half Day Habitats
A shortened version of our popular FD1 Cape Habitats tour for those with a limited amount of time. Visit four of our five main birding habitats (the exclusion being Mountain Fynbos) and see 50+ bird species.
Full Day Tours (approximate duration 10hours)
FD1 - Cape Habitats
This tour is intended as a one day snapshot of the five main bird habitats in the immediate vicinity of Cape Town - agricultural lands, sea shore, coastal strandveld, mountain fynbos and wetland. Whilst much of our indigenous vegetation has been lost to wheat and other grain crops, an additional habitat, supporting a significant number of Larks, Pipits, Bishops and Weavers has been gained.

These lands are also home to our National bird - the Blue Crane. The inter-tidal zone of the West Coast supports four different species of Cormorant – three of which are near endemic to Southern Africa as is the African Black Oystercatcher.

There are remnants of strandveld within easy reach of Cape Town that support birds more often associated with the Karoo (such as White-backed Mousebird and Karoo Scrub-robin).

Wetland Habitat

Photograph Ria Grant
We also visit mountain fynbos and wetland habitats. The tour yields 90+ species on a summer’s day with 25 commonly seen Southern African endemics and 4 or 5 Western Cape Fynbos specials.
FD2 - Mountains of Africa

This tour takes us away from the Peninsula to some of our more out of the way birding areas. It provides a good opportunity to see a number of the more elusive Cape Mountain Fynbos endemics such as Cape Rock-jumper. We start with a walk in the Hottentots Holland mountains to the east of Cape Town in search of the Mountain Fynbos specials. We then spend a delightful couple of hours in one of the local Nature Reserves which should produce a number of forest birds including Cape Batis and African Paradise-flycatcher. We end the day at one of our local wetlands.

Cape Rock-jumper

Photograph courtesy Nicol Mutch, Scotland
FD3 - West Coast National Park
A day at the West Coast National Park approximately 80 km north of Cape Town. This park was established for the preservation of our unique coastal fynbos which supports some of the Karoo specials including Black Harrier, Grey-winged Francolin and Southern Black Korhaan. It is also famous for its massed spring annuals. The Park encircles the Langebaan Lagoon which in summer hosts the largest number of migrant shorebirds in South Africa.
FD4 - Cape Peninsula
Combine your day’s birding with a visit to a number of the Cape Peninsula's top scenic and natural history attractions. Our day begins at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – one of the world’s leading indigenous gardens on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. We then spend an hour or so at one of the Cape Flats Wetlands before heading for Kommetjie on the Atlantic Ocean – a good spot for all the endemic cormorants plus Antarctic Tern in winter. Our next stop is the Cape Point Nature Reserve and Lighthouse (from which we enjoy excellent views of Cape Gannet and other pelagic species) before returning home via the African Penguin breeding colony at Boulders Beach. Apart from the penguins, Boulders also supports a number of other species including Southern Boubou.
Natural History Tours - Somerset West, Hermanus & the Garden Route
We have a range of Half Day and Day Tours that will be of interest to those on holiday in the Somerset West/Gordon’s Bay/Betty’s Bay area, or in Hermanus or in the George to Plettenberg Bay area along the Garden Route. Contact us for more detail.

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