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Bird Watching


About 350 bird species can be seen in the Western Cape, making this region a hotspot for birdwatchers from all over the world. Fynbos endemics include Cape Siskin, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Rockjumper, Protea Canary, Victorin's Warbler and Hottentot Buttonquail.

Birdwatching can be incorporated in any of the guided nature walks, any of the other trips described in this website, or as exclusive birding trips to sites such as the following:

  • Rondevlei Nature Reserve
  • Strandfontein Waste Water Treatment Works
  • West Coast National Park
  • Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
  • Harold Porter National Botanical Garden
  • Paarl Bird Sanctuary and Mountain Reserve
  • Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden
  • An Overberg meander
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Eco-Information on the Western Cape, South Africa.
About 350 bird species can be seen in the Western Cape, making this region a hotspot for birdwatchers from all over the world. Fynbos endemics include Cape Siskin, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Rockjumper, Protea Canary, Victorin's Warbler and Hottentot Buttonquail.

The Western Cape is home to South Africa's National Bird, the Blue Crane. Other large birds that can be seen here include Ostrich (seen in the wild in nature reserves), Stanley's Bustard, White Stork and a variety of Heron. Raptors include Verreaux's (Black) Eagle, Cape Vulture, African Fish-Eagle, Martial Eagle, Osprey, Jackal Buzzard, African Marsh-Harrier, Black Harrier, Booted Eagle, African Goshawk, African Harrier-Hawk, Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk, Black Sparrowhawk, Peregrine and Lanner Falcon, Rock and Lesser Kestrel.