Birding around Cape Town
Cape Sugarbird can be found with relative ease around Cape Town.
The birding around the Cape Peninsula (on which Cape Town is located) is an easy way to get acquainted with some of the area’s more widespread specials. The picturesque Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden can easily produce beauties such as Orange-breasted Sunbird and Cape Sugarbird as well as the likes of Cape Spurfowl, Forest Canary and many others. On this day tour we then usually spend some time birding forest patches in the nearby area to look for Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Swee Waxbill and Cape Siskin (in the open areas) before we head down to False Bay Nature Reserve (and Strandfontein Sewage Works) which has some of the best birding around Cape Town, with a plethora of waterbirds to work our way through. We also make sure to enjoy comical African Penguins at Boulders Beach. More information on our Cape Peninsula day tour can be read here.
The West Coast (north of Cape Town) offers some very different birding with our time mostly spent birding in farmland, strandveld (beach scrub) habitats and the Langebaan Lagoon for shorebirds and other waterbirds. We will spend time birding open farmland for Blue Crane, Cape Long-billed Lark, Sickle-winged Chat, Capped Wheatear and Pied Starling before we concentrate on the natural strandveld vegetation for specials such as Southern Black Korhaan, Black Harrier, Grey-winged Francolin, Cape Penduline Tit and many others. Although most Palearctic waders/shorebirds will be back on their breeding grounds at this time of the year, there should still be a few overwinterers around as well as Greater and Lesser Flamingoes, South African Shelduck, African Oystercatcher and more. Read more about our West Coast tour here.
Two other trips exciting trips can be considered, although these are just a little too far to do in one day from Cape Town and we’d suggest a two- or three-day trip instead. The first trip is into the Agulhas Plains about two hours east of Cape Town where some of our big targets would include Denham’s Bustard, Blue Crane, Karoo Korhaan, Secretarybird, Cape Vulture, Agulhas Long-billed Lark, Southern Tchagra, Knysna Woodpecker and the tricky Fynbos Buttonquail. If a third night is included on this trip, we can target further forest specials such as Knysna Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler and Narina Trogon. Finally, we can do overnight trips into the semi-desert of the Tankwa Karoo where we will be in search of a host of dry-country specials including the likes of Cinnamon-breasted, Layard’s, Namaqua and Rufous-eared Warblers, Karoo Eremomela, Karoo Korhaan, Namaqua Sandgrouse and larks such as Karoo, Large-billed, Spike-heeled and Karoo Long-billed Larks. We often find Protea Canary en route or returning from the Tankwa Karoo, too. More information on the Agulhas Plains trip can be found here and the Tankwa Karoo trip here.
Please do inquire (email@example.com) if you’d like to find out more about the above trips, or if you’d like to customize any of these, we’d love to show you around the Cape.