Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Cape Point Western Cape

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African Black Oystercatcher

African Black Oystercatcher

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Bontebok

Bontebok

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Cape Grassbird

Cape Grassbird

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Orange-breasted Sunbird

Orange-breasted Sunbird

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Bird watching day tours around Cape Town can include three or more of the venues on our day tour list. 

Birdwatching, wildlife viewing, landscape photography or simply a visit to experience the rugged beauty of Cape Point  are the reasons most visitors to Cape Town will make the trip to the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

The towering cliffs, pristine beaches and rocky outcrops make the reserve a landscape photographer’s dream. It is home to thousands of Cape Cormorants with sightings of Crowned, Bank, White-breasted Cormorants and the African Black Oystercatcher commonplace, along with numerous other coastal birds.

For birdwatching, not only the coast but the mountain slopes and plains area of the reserve, adorned with fynbos, produce local bird specials such as the Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Grassbird, Plain-backed Pipit and Greybacked Cisticola.

Hottentot Buttonquail is present in the reserve but, although mentioned on most bird lists, are elusive and would require time, patience and luck to locate.  Most likely raptors to look out for are the Jackal Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon and Rock Kestrel. Many other bird species are common to the reserve, which boasts an extensive bird list.

Most mammals in the reserve are nocturnal, however, an early start could surprise with sightings of caracal, small antelope and porcupine. Views of Grey Rhebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok and Eland and are not uncommon with chacma baboon a common sighting on most tours.

Early morning scanning of the coastline could produce Cape Clawless Otter while Cape Fur Seal can also be spotted. From July to October, sightings of the southern right whale are common.

Birding and wildlife viewing in the park is excellent and photographic opportunities are very good.