Cape Peninsula – Strandfontein Sewage Works
About the Birding
Please note: Strandfontein is a sprawling, and sometimes confusing, complex consisting of 21 individual pans. The pan layout and their corresponding numbers can be found on the accompanying map.
Start your birding at the entry gate at the end of Flowerpecker Street (-34.0548, 18.5204). As you work your way towards the start of the treatment pans, watch for Black-headed Heron, Cattle Egret and Jackal Buzzard. Zitting Cisticola is found in areas of long grass.
About the Birding Site
Strandfontein Sewage Works is arguably one of the most well-known birding sites in South Africa and is very popular with local birders. This locality is famed for producing an impressive variety of regional and national rarities in recent years. Situated in Strandfontein on the Cape Flats, next to Zeekoevlei, it is an Important Bird Area and forms part of the larger False Bay Nature Reserve.
Other Related Information
Access point GPS: -34.0548, 18.5205
Entrance is free
Access is from sunrise to sunset
There are security guards present on P1 as of writing January 2021 and the Works are generally a safe place to bird.