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Have a look at some of the organisations / activities / local resources available in South Africa:


Our wild neighbours.
Living and being aware of our wild neighbours, a new website by Nature Connection Initiative for Cape Town urban people, animals, birds and habitat awareness.

Walking with Baboons
An experience of a life time walking with the remaining Chacma Baboons on the Cape Peninsula.

Books, DVD's

See Craig Thom’s large selection Natural History and Bird books, also of DVD’s, order online.

Taken Captive by Birds
See Craig Ivor’s bird illustrations in Mauguerite Poland’s book.

Environmental Education

West Coast Field Studies Centre
An environmental education Centre and more.

CTEET (Cape Town Environmental Education Trust)
Environmental education for children at Cape Town Nature Reserves.

Zandvlei Nature Reserve EECentre
EE programme by the Manager and assisted by Zandvlei Trust members.

Weather details

Norwegian Meteorological Institute offers forecasts for seven million places around the globe. It has wonderful long range forecasts for anywhere in South Africa.

South African Weather Service
All you want to know about the local and national weather. It is comprehensive.

This site gives the current live weather details – monitoring sites around the City.


Black Sparrowhawks of the Cape Peninsula
Click on the link for information by Ann Koeslag to clearly identify the birds. Report your sightings to this volunteer group who monitor, ring and document the breeding and distribution of these birds.
Cape Town Pelagics
A local tour company for sea birds off the Cape Peninsula.

SABAP2 (Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2)
Help the new atlas project by filling out a pentad where you live or are going on holiday. This project is being co ordinated from the Animal Demographic Unit, UCT.

A raptor site by Anthony van Zyl, all about the locals and more…

Niven Library at the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology
The web catalogue is the archive of the BirdLife South Africa book, journal and newsletter collection.
The Niven Library is the most comprehensive reference library on sub Saharan birds, also Southern Ocean birds.

BirdLife Stellenbosch Club
A new club, started in September 2006 with more than 100 members in the first month.

World of Birds
Visit this unique wildlife sanctuary in Hout Bay.


C.A.P.E Estuaries Programme
Estuarine Management Plan (EMP) for the Cape Floral Region.


City of Cape Town
The official site for the management of the City.

Tide Tables

South African Tidal Display Service
Here is an easy to use professional tide table site.

Young Birders

The Young Birder’s Backyard Guide
A great resource for the avid young bird enthusiast.

Nature Conservation

West Coast Field Studies Centre
An environmental education Centre and more.

Avian Demographic Unit (ADU)
These scientists have all the information on birds and others.

The Western Cape Raptor Research Programme
Andrew Jenkins and the Research Team doing exciting work, also need your help.

The False Bay Ecology Park
A combined City of Cape Town and local NGO’s initiative which has huge potential for local and tourist recreation and education. Also it will create a sustainable natural and man made Conservation area, within close travelling distance for the residents of the Cape Flats.

Cape Nature Conservation
Read about these dedicated Conservationists.

The Zandvlei Trust
Conserving the indigenous fauna and flora of Zandvlei since 1988.

Nature Reserves (City of Cape Town)

Rietvlei – Milnerton/Tableview
The Friends of Rietvlei website.

See Frieda Prinsloo’s FaceBook page at Rietvlei. updated 26/04/2016.

See Frieda Prinsloo’s photos at Rietvlei. updated 26/04/2016.

Zandvlei Nature Reserve
See what really happens at Zandvlei.

Zeekoevlei Nature Reserve
The Friends of Zeekoevlei.

Wind Turbines

Wind Power
The wind is for free.
Why not build your own wind turbine from the plans of a local turbine builder? Follow Peter Beckers progress, he has detailed all you need to know.


Have a look at some of the organisations / activities / local resources available in South Africa:


BirdLife South Africa
The national governing body of the bird clubs in South Africa.

Bird Keeping

Garden aviary bird keeping
For the enthusiasts, info available on bird keeping.


50/50 TV programme
Visit this site for updates on the environment in South Africa.

Birding - Western Cape Province

Cape Peninsula

Avian Leisure
Ultimate ‘birder friendly’ accommodation in Simon’s Town. Pelagic trips. ‘Hot’ birding advice. Personalised guided and self drive birding and wildlife safaris across South Africa.

Cape Birding Route
Plan your Western Cape birding with this tour operator.


Bloutoring Farm – Karoo
On the Bloutoring Road halfway between Touws River and Montagu is a farm adjacent to the Anysberg Nature Reserve called Bloutoring, away from it all.

Klein Karoo

Red Stone Hills – Klein Karoo
Just off the Route 62, beyond Calitzdorp near the foothills of the Swartberg range, is an interesting geological area, for birding.

Keisie Cottages – Klein Karoo
Along the R62 in the Keisie Valley near Montagu below the Burger Pass and the Langeberg is a working fruit farm with scenic views and good birding.

Kruisrivier Guest Farm – Klein Karoo
Off the Route 62, beyond Calitzdorp on an alternate road to the Cango Caves and the Swartberg Pass. Also offers good birding with local history.


Whipstock Guest Farm – Overberg
Near McGregor on the road to nowhere. The Konings River flows along the farm. The Riviersonderend Mountains are the nearby vista. There are 4 habitat types on this small farm.
Rietvlei Cottage was the original farm house built in 1840.

Lismore Cottages – Overberg
Near Suurbraak, next to the Buffeljags River on a working dairy farm. The River Cottage has a beautiful setting for a quite time away, opposite some remaining natural riverine forest.

Somerset Gift Getaway Farm – Overberg
Near Swellendam, on the Buffeljags

West Coast

West Coast Bird Club
There is good birding at the Berg River and a number of surrounding West Coast areas.

West Coast - Sandveld

Sandveld Dorpshuys
Stay at the Sandveld Dorpshuys in Redelinghuys close by to Verlorenvlei and only 185kms from Cape Town. You can also stay at the caravan park.

Birding - Other Provinces

North West Province - Magaliesburg

Alasil Farm
Off the R24 and on the New Thorndale Road, visit this working farm for a relaxing time birding in various habitats. Over 1000 hectares to explore. It is not far from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Rustenburg is nearby as well.

Easthern Cape Province

BirdLife Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape birding contacts and details around the Port Elizabeth area.

Northern Cape Province

RaZSAR Holidays in Kimberley
Explore the vast semi arid Northern Cape and Kimberley birding destinations.


Have a look at some of the organisations / activities / resources available Internationally:


John Muir Trust
Conserving the wild places of the United Kingdom.


Birding in Spain
Plan your Birding trip and tours in the northeast of Spain, to Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra.

Namibian Birding

Namibia Bird Club
Read all about the Namibian Bird Club activities and places of interest.

'Outsiders' view of South African Birding

A bird review of South Africa
Read this interesting ‘outsiders’ look at what South Africa has to offer birders and others.

Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean

Gloucestershire, the Forest of Dean
Dean Birders is a small group of house bound and disabled birdwatchers. See what they are doing for themselves.