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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 first bird-watching trips around Franschhoek are a quick trip 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. 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 Theewaters Kloof Dam which is currently dry due to the 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.

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 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:

Transport to the various birding spots.
Entrance fees to venues.
Bird book will be provided.

Exclusions:

Items of a personal nature.
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

Bring:

Binoculars
Note book and pen or your phone with Birdlasser loaded for listing.
Bird Book
Camera
Light wind or rain jacket in winter.
Reusable bottle of water.

Wear:

Good walking shoes
Comfortable Clothing
Sunscreen
Sunhat

General fitness and good health

Pick up:

Pick up from your accommodation establishment within or around Franschhoek.
If you are staying out of town, please meet at the NG Church in the Main Rd of Franschhoek.

Drop off:

Drop off at your accommodation establishment within or around Franschhoek.
If you are staying out of town, we take you back to the NG Church in the Main Rd of Franschhoek.

Around Franschhoek Tour:

Duration: 4-5 Hours

Price from R850

Full Day Franschhoek Tour:

Duration: 8 Hours

Price from R1850

West Coast Overnight Tour:

Duration: 2 Full Days

Price from R5000