Birding in South Africa Tour: Western Cape Highlights
The Western Cape is a truly remarkable piece of land. Hemmed in by the Atlantic Ocean to the south and west and an intricate system of Fold Mountains on the inland side, it is possibly as un-African it gets without leaving the continent. Experience it for yourself on this Western Cape Birding Safari!
The winter rainfall regime, strong summer winds and unique topography have contributed to a high degree of endemism and a singularly unique floral kingdom, described originally by the Dutch settlers as Fynbos, or ‘Fine Bush’. This floral uniqueness also results in a unique bird component and the Western Cape is the place for the endemics-seeker when Birding South Africa. Throw in breathtaking scenery, warm and welcoming people, a long and interesting history and superb tourism infrastructure and the result is an unforgettable birding, wildlife and cultural experience. Our Western Cape Birding tour itinerary has been honed over the years to include the top birding spots while keeping travel and car-time to a minimum.
Two nights per stop ensures an unhurried pace and lots of time to seek out the specials and endemics. Southern Right Whales are virtually guaranteed between September and November, while the onset of spring is the beginning of the famous Cape flower season. Indeed, once you’ve experienced it, you’ll understand just why it has long been dubbed as the fairest Cape of them all.
Top 5 highlights:
- Birding on the Cape Peninsula, one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
- Search for the cracking Fynbos endemics such as Cape Rockjumper, Cape Sugarbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird.
- Visit the Agulhas Plain on a day trip, looking for a host of endemic species.
- Explore the arid Tankwa Karoo on a day trip, again looking for endemics, near endemics and other specials.
- Get to grips with waders on the West Coast.
Tour in brief
- Group size: Max of 8 pax; 4 pax per vehicle / guide.
- Areas visited: Cape peninsula, Swellendam, Ceres and Langebaan.
- Expected weather conditions: the Cape’s weather is notoriously variable and while November is out of the traditional winter rainy season, some rain can be expected, while fine and warm conditions are also expected.
- Tour tempo: medium to medium-plus, optional mid-day breaks on non-travelling days.
- Accommodation standards: medium plus: lodges and guest houses.
- Birding in brief: excellent variety, forest, marine, coastal, Karoo and mountain habitats covered.
- Top birds: Cape Rockjumper, African Penguin, Cape Sugarbird, Black Harrier, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Siskin, Knysna Woodpecker, Bank Cormorant, Cape Gannet, Karoo Korhaan, Karoo Eremomela, Cinnamon-breasted Warbler.
- Mammal viewing: Southern Right Whales in season (August to December); antelope species such as the endemic Bontebok, Chacma Baboon, Rock Hyrax and other smaller species. No Big Five.
- Other wildlife and attractions: Table Mountain and the Cape Peninsula, the scenic drive between Gordon's Bay and Pringle Bay, the Fold Mountains of the interior, the desolate scenery of the Karoo.
- Add-ons: This trip can be combined with an extension to the Kruger Park region. Contact us for more information.
Alternative Tour Name: Western Cape Highlights: Birding the tip of Africa