Western Cape

title-wcbrSituated on the south-western tip of Africa, the Western Cape is bordered by two oceans - the Indian Ocean to the south and the Atlantic to the west. It is a region of breathtaking scenery, transecting a diversity of habitats that offer rewarding birding.

Apart from the pelagic trips which are good all year, but best in winter, the Western Cape hosts a large number of endemics species. These endemics include fynbos specials such as Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Siskin and Protea Seedeater. Cape Rockjumper can be found on the rocky mountainsides. The West Coast National Park attracts large numbers of waders from their arctic breeding grounds during the southern summer months.

As one travels eastwards from Cape Town, the coast becomes progressively more wooded and the extensive tracts of canopy forests host a diversity of birds including African Crowned Eagle, Forest Buzzard, Kynsna Turaco, Knysna Woodpecker and Southern Tchagra.

Further inland, the fynbos-clad mountains give way to the arid expanse of the Karoo. The Karoo semi-desert with its arid landscapes offers many sought-after dry western specials, including Karoo Eremomela, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler, Namaqua Warbler and Karoo Korhaan.

Flamingo Birding Route (West Coast area)Pen3

Garden Route Birding Route (Knysna area)

Karoo

Overberg Birding Route (Hermanus area)

Peninsula Birding Route

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