to the Cape Birding Route!
Choose western South
Africa: over 610 bird species recorded, including 220
species in a single day. A biodiversity hotspot at the
south-westernmost tip of Africa, it offers over 70%
of Southern Africa's endemic birds and world-famous
pelagic birding. This region is best explored from Cape
The Cape Birding Route website presents almost the entire
printed book "Essential
Birding: western South Africa - Key Routes from Cape
Town to the Kalahari" (by Callan Cohen and
Claire Spottiswoode and published by Struik in 2000).
This book has been completely updated in 2006 within
the framework of the "Southern
African Birdfinder: where to find 1400 bird species
in Southern Afria and Madagascar".
The authors have created this website to integrate bird-finding
and trip planning information for the western cape,
* 9 birding routes in western
* a full section on pelagic birding
* birder's accommodation
along the routes.
* recommended bird guides.
The Cape Birding Route assists birders who have only
a few days in Cape Town, those who are looking for a
diversity of African birds or those in search of exactly
where to find that Cinnamon-breasted Warbler in the
Blue Crane © Callan Cohen
on our book "Essential Birding"
"...this really is an essential guide for any birder
visiting the Cape... a real delight to read... not only
clear and easy to follow, but spot-on for locating the
specialties... I recommend that you [obtain] a copy,
you may well be tempted to make plans to visit this
Ron Johns, BIRDING WORLD, on Essential Birding: western
more book reviews
on our book "Southern
where to find 1400 bird species in Southern Afria and
"Southern African Birdfinder. We believe that
this is the most useful book you will buy this year."
"Perhaps a better title for this book would
be “How to see 1400 bird species in Southern Africa
in the least possible time!”. The first thing
you think when picking up this book is “How on
earth did they gather all this material?”. This
really is a tour de force and packs an enormous amount
of information into a very compact book and any previous
site guide for the region is now truly redundant. Covering
335 birding sites in South Africa (193), Namibia (27),
Botswana (14), Zimbabwe (27), Mozambique (21), Malawi
(16), Zambia (18), Angola (5) and Madagascar (13). A
helpful aspect is that these sites are divided up into
38 birding routes that allow the reader to plan trips
that may last several days or a week. Each site is described
and in many cases a map is included. Key target species
for each are highlighted in red and are supported by
a cast of commoner species. Many of these are illustrated.
For a number of sites the description is very detailed
with step-by-step guidance around the area. Some 150
species are selected for special treatment in a separate
chapter where tips are given on where and when to find
them. A full checklist list of the 1400 species covered
indicates each bird’s status and a list of sites
where they may be found, cross-referenced back to the
main text. Other introductory chapters include useful
information about the region including a section on
pelagic birding with a helpful month-by-month species
list. This is a great book that really does justice
to a fantastic part of Africa and its birds. "
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Gibbs reports back from Gough
Island! Read the blog!
26/09/09: New Cape
Town Pelagics trip report from trips of 12 and 19 September
Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water proved very successful,
with sunny weather and over 20,000 visitors. Callan's "Birding
Namibia and the Okavango" was the most highly-attended
lecture on the Saturday, with over 240 people. Congratulations
to the winners of the Birding Africa competition and the
African Bird Club raffle that we helped sponsor!
12/08/09: New Cape
Town Pelagics trip reports from August and July 2009.
Shearwater and more!
sub-adult Black Sarrowhawk visits our garden again! Read
on about Raptor Research in the Western Cape.
Town's Verreauxs' Eagle Chick has grown! And its sibling
never had a chance to hatch. See the pictures of the chick,
its nest and the breeding pair. Find out more about the Western
Cape Raptor Research Programme.
27/07/09: To follow modern nomenclature and systematics, we've
adopted the IOC
World Bird List, Version 2.1.
13/07/09: The 8th
African Bird ID Challenge has launched! Win a 50% discount
on a Cape Town Pelagics
trip, a copy of Southern
African Birdfinder, or African
Bird Club membership for 1 year.
6 July 09: Cape
White-eye research in our garden.
2 July 09: Cape
Town's Verreauxs' Eagle Chick has hatched! See the pictures
of the chick, its nest and the breeding pair. Find out more
about the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme.
2 July 09: Campbell
Fleming, a Cape Town scholar, avid birder and photographer,
joined Birding Africa last month as an intern. Click here,
to see what he got up to.
2 July 09: New pelagic
trip reports from the Cape Town Pelagics trips in June
2009. Highlights: Slenderbilled
Prion and Leach's Storm Petrel
30 july 09: Our latest Cape Fynbos and Karoo trip
reports feature Hottentot
Warbler and other fynbos and Karoo endemics...
26 June 09: Tungsten
mining threatens RAMSAR site, South Africa's Verlorenvlei.
Read the Media Release.
22 June 09: Claire
Spottiswoode, one of the Cape Birding Route founders,
was part of the exploratory team at Mount Mabu. The mountain
is part of the newly discovered largest
rainforest in Southern Africa.
11 June 09: A colour-ringed
Black Sparrowhawk visits the Birding Africa office garden.
Read why it's a 10 months old male!
14 June 09:
at the office of The Cape Birding Route, Birding Africa
and Cape Town Pelagics.
31 May 09:
Michel Watelet wins the 7th African Bird Club & Birding Africa
ID Challenge. Test your African birding skills and WIN
Africa Cape town day trip or a copy of the Birdfinder!
30 May 09:
A tragedy unfolds at Kommetjie south of Cape town as 44 beached
Killer Whales were shot. Click here for more details and
14 March 09: Raptor
Watch in Cape Town on 14 March 09