Bird watching day tours around Cape Town can include three or more of the venues on our day tour list.
The section of the Hottentots Holland range of mountains from Sir Lowry’s Pass to Betty’s Bay provides a very popular day tour for birdwatchers, bird photographers and nature lovers in general; indeed, the drive along the coast to Hermanus is taken by many, tourists and locals alike, for its scenic beauty alone.
Visits to sites on this side of False Bay will give birders and photographers a chance to see most of the bird species available on the Peninsula, however the area provides relatively easy access to a few species that are difficult to locate or for some reason are not available to birders on the Peninsula. For birdwatchers, some of the main target species are the Cape Rockjumper, Victorin’s Warbler and all three endemic Cormorants.
The top of Sir Lowry’s pass, Rooi Els, the beautiful Harold Porter Botanical Garden at Betty’s Bay, and Stony Point are all excellent birding spots and one can hope to find most of your fynbos specials including:
Cape and Sentinel Rock-thrush
Bar Throated Apalis.
African Black Duck is often seen on the river in the Garden while at Stony Point one can spot African Penguin; Bank, Crowned, Cape and White-breasted Cormorant as well as the expected Tern species. A vigilant eye must be kept on the skies overhead for Jackal Buzzard, Rock Kestrel and Verreaux’s Eagle.
All in all, this is a very full and enjoyable day’s birding with outstanding viewing and photographic opportunities.