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Bird Watching

Southern Africa is blessed with an enormous amount of wild birds, 950 or so species. It is fast becoming a bird watching paradise, with the hobby of bird-watching taking off strongly in many countries, and birders traveling to far flung places to add to their life lists.

Bird Watching Trip around Franschhoek

Our local bird-watching trip is around Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch to the best birding spots. Highlights include the local endemics like Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Cape Siskin etc.

Full Day Trip

A lovely day out from Franschhoek to Betty’s Bay and back stopping at many excellent birding spots on the way. Includes Harold Porter Botanical Garden and the Penguin Colony. Local endemics, raptors and water birds feature strongly.

West Coast Overnight

A superb trip up the West Coast from Franschhoek with an over night stop in Langebaan or Lamberts Bay. Includes a visit to Bird Island to witness the thousands of Cape Gannets that nest there.  The usual endemics as well as a plethora of waders with stunning landscapes on he coastal trip.

We start our birding activity early in the morning with a visit to the local wild flower garden which is packed full of our local birds in a very small space. A real local treat. Cape Sugarbirds, Cape Canary, Swee Waxbill, Cape Batis, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird and Southern Double-coloured Sunbird abound in this garden.

If booked over a week-end, we visit the Paarl Sewerage Works which is a large area with many settling ponds full of water birds. Please note that this is a high risk area and we can only enter with a security escort. It is not advisable to carry high value items in this area. Look out for all 3 Teals, African Black Duck, Greater and sometimes Lesser Flamingos, Malachite Kingfishers and a whole host of other stunning water birds can be seen here. The occasional rarity pops up if you're lucky.

We move on to Stellenbosch and visit the University Botanical Gardens which is again alive with birds. Look out for the Olive Woodpecker which are common here.

We start our birding activity early in the morning with a visit to the local wild flower garden which is packed full of our local birds in a very small space. A real local treat. Cape Sugarbirds, Cape Canary, Swee Waxbill, Cape Batis, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird and Southern Double-coloured Sunbird abound in this garden.

We move over the Franschhoek Pass and make our way past the Theewaterskloof Dam which has just filled up for the first time in 3 years, following our record-breaking drought. We turn off just before Villiersdorp and make our way through the wheat and canola fields looking for Blue Crane, Capped Wheatear, Black-shouldered Kites and Spur-winged Geese.

A quick drive down the N2 takes us to the Botriver turnoff and on toward Kleinmond where we visit the Rooisand Reserve to find many waders and other sea birds and check out the hide for anything special.  You might be lucky and get to see the herd of wild horses that roam the area.

On to Kleinmond for lunch at the harbour and then to Betty's Bay and Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. You are immediately greeted by the Sombre Greenbul. If we missed the Orange-breasted Sunbird earlier in the morning, you are sure to find it here. Karoo Prinias abound as well as the Cape Batis and when they're around, you will find African Black Duck on the river and African Paradise Flycatchers in the forest. We take a walk to the Disa Waterfall through a wonderful forested patch full of old trees.

Our final destination for the day is Stony Point to visit the Penguin colony. We will also find all the cormorants there and White-fronted Plovers scuttling along the small beach.

We make our way home after a satisfying day of birding.

We start with a quick stop at the Wild Flower garden in Franschhoek, just to get us going before we hit the road up the west coast.

We stop at a number of special birding spots along the route to the West Coast National Park where we will spend most of our time on day 1.

We make our way to Langebaan or Lamberts Bay for the night. We will look for the Verreaux's Eagles nest there in the morning if it is breeding season.

The next day we visit Lamberts Bay and Bird Island to view the amazing Cape Gannet colony followed by a stop at Elandsbay and Velddrift as we make our way south again.

If time allows we have a quick stop at Ysterfontein before making our way home again.

Inclusions:

  • Qualified, registered and knowledgeable guide
  • Transport to the various birding spots.
  • Entrance fees to venues.
  • Accommodation and meals on the West Coast trip
  • Bird book will be provided if necessary.

Exclusions:

  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Gratuities
  • Please note that we no longer supply water in a single-use plastic bottle, our contribution to the war on Plastic. We suggest that you bring a reusable bottle of water

What to Bring:

  • Binoculars
  • Note book and pen or your phone with Birdlasser loaded for listing
  • Bird Book for own use.  The guide will have one for you to use if you do not wish to purchase one.
  • Camera
  • Light wind or rain jacket in winter.
  • Reusable bottle of water.

Advisable to Wear:

  • Good walking shoes
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat

General fitness and good health.  Although we do drive to the respective birding destinations, it is necessary to do a fair amount of walking on rocky or uneven paths in order to find our feathered friends.

You don't have to be a professional birder to enjoy bird-watching.  We welcome birders of all skills, from beginners to avid, fervent twitchers.

Pick up:

Pick up from your accommodation establishment within or around Franschhoek.
If you are staying out of town, we meet at and return to the Franschhoek Adventure Centre which is at Shop 5 Franschhoek Corner, upstairs @ 62 Huguenot Rd, Franschhoek (right next to the Tourism Office).

 

Half Day Franschhoek Tour:

Duration: 4-5 Hours

R 1050 - 01 Sep 19 - 31 Mar 20

Full Day Franschhoek Tour:

Duration: 8 Hours

R 1 750 01 Apr - 31 Aug 19

West Coast Overnight Tour:

Duration: 2 Full Days

R 7 000 01 Sep 19 - 31 Mar 20