Scenic and Birding
A tour of the scenic Cape Peninsula is regarded by many as a highlight of their visit to Cape Town and, indeed, to South Africa. The rugged, sandstone mountains that form the spine of the Peninsula stretch from the famous Table Mountain through to Cape Point, rising to more than 1 000 meters in places, and its verdant slopes are carpeted with an array of unique fynbos vegetation.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Visitors to Cape Town – be they birdwatchers, photographers, botanical enthusiasts or simply nature lovers – simply must include a visit to Kirstenbosch Gardens.
This superbly-maintained and managed garden with its magnificent floral displays is one of the top tourist attractions in Cape Town. Helmeted Guineafowl, Cape Spurfowl, Cape White-eye, Cape Canary, Cape Bulbul, Swee and Common Waxbill, Karoo Prinia, , Robin-chat, Southern Boubou, Fiscal Shrike, Sombre Greenbul, Forest Canary, Dusky and African Paradise Flycatchers are just a few of the regular feathered visitors that can be seen in the gardens.
This secluded beach, situated near historical Simon’s Town, is a favourite on most visitors’ to-do list as it is a protected breeding colony for the endangered African penguins. The viewing and photographing opportunities for getting “up close and personal” with these fascinating creatures is truly superb. It’s a big draw card for bird lovers of all ages. Hours can be spent watching the birds in this picturesque setting: bobbing through the waves in the sea, waddling about on the golden sands and huddling into their burrows. Karoo Prinia, Southern Boubou, Cape Bunting, Cape Batis and Speckled Mousebird are some of the other bird species that can be found in the thickets surrounding the beach.
Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
With a rare and rugged beauty of its own, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve attracts many visitors with its wonderful bird watching, wildlife viewing and landscape photography opportunities – as well as those who simply want to witness the remoteness of Cape Point.
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. With its mountain slopes, plains and fynbos thickets, the region is a popular port of call for many of the local bird specials like the Cape Siskin, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Grassbird, Plain-backed Pipit, Greybacked Cisticola, Jackal Buzzard, Peregrine Falcon and Rock Kestrel.
Views of Grey Rhebok, Cape Mountain Zebra, Bontebok andEland and are fairly regular with Chacma Baboon a common sighting on most tours.
Soetwater – Kommetjie
The quaint seaside town of Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula is perhaps best known to surfers. However, for bird watching and bird photography, it is one of the most promising venues to view all three endemic cormorant species. Birdwatchers can expect to see Crowned, Bank, White Breasted and Cape Cormorants, Swift, Common and Sandwich Terns, Black Oystercatcher, Kelp and Hartlaub’s Gull.
Chapmans Peak Drive
The tour returns to Cape Town via one of the most scenic coastal routes in the world: the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Drive. We also pass through the fishing village of Hout Bay and along the coastal route below the towering Twelve Apostles through Camps Bay, Clifton and onto the Waterfront.
As with all tours with Aperture Wild, the pace of the trip is determined by you.