Cape Peninsula – Robben Island World Heritage Site
About the Birding
The boat trip across in summer will provide an opportunity to see the tern-like Sabine’s Gull, often associated with feeding flocks of Common Tern. Checking all the feeding terns may expose Sabine’s Gull as well as Parasitic Jaeger. African Penguin, Cape Gannet, Greater Crested Tern, Cape and Bank Cormorant can also be seen on the passage across. Winter trips across provide opportunities to see Cape Gannet, African Penguin, Brown Skua, Black-browed and Shy Albatross, White-chinned Petrel and Sooty Shearwater. Mornings are better than afternoons for seeing seabirds on the voyage across to the island.
About the Birding Site
Robben Island lies 9.4 km off Cape Town. It is the largest island off South Africa being about 570 hectares in area. The island is generally flat but rises to 60 metres in the south. The ground is sandy with underlying limestone and scattered with low rocky ridges. The original habitat was West Coast Strandveld. Remnants of it still exist mostly on the western side of the island, but much of it elsewhere has been altered by introduced alien gumtrees, pines, manatoka, rooikrans and canola as well as being overtaken by extensive infrastructure.
Other Related Information
Ferries leave from the Nelson Mandela Gateway in the V&A Waterfront.
Please note: Bookings must be made through the Robben Island Museum website. It is not advised to try to book on the day wishing to go to the Mandela Gateway Building. Boats are sometimes full for extended periods so it is advised to make a booking and go when they can fit you in …