Phone : +27 021 559 0726 Email: info@capebirdclub.org.za Join Now
Cape Bird Club

BEST BIRDING SITES IN AND AROUND CAPE TOWN

CBC

A guide to some of the best recommended sites for a wide selection of habitats and birds.

Click on one of the four main regions below to see a full list for information to each site.

Cape Town and its surrounds offers the opportunity to bird in areas of great scenic beauty. The region is geographically diverse with fynbos and renosterveld being the most dominant natural vegetation types. Other types present are patches of afromontane forest and karroid scrubland, inland one can easily access the semi-desert plains of the Karoo. The great botanical biodiversity has led to the Fynbos Biome being described as one of the six floral kingdoms of the world. The region has mostly a Mediterranean climate, with wet winters and hot dry summers.

The variety of bird species is not large, some 400+ (including vagrants), compared to other parts of South Africa but it does have a number of interesting endemic specials. Species only found here and nowhere else are Cape Sugarbird, Cape Rock-jumper, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Protea Seedeater. Others more easily seen here than elsewhere are Cape Siskin, African Penguin, Bank Cormorant (becoming scarce), African Black Oystercatcher and Victorin’s Warbler.

Any reference to birding in and around Cape Town would be incomplete without including seabirds. See the sections on Birding at Sea, Kommetjie and Cape of Good Hope National Park.

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO BIRDING TODAY?

Most sites are quite safe, but as any big city, caution should be taken, go in pairs or groups, especially with expensive optical or photographic equipment.
The Cape Bird Club cannot accept any liability.