The Garden Route and Klein Karoo, collectively forming the Garden Route District, are renowned for their scenic landscapes and nature-based tourism appeal. Despite this recognition, the avitourism potential of the region has largely gone unnoticed. The district provides unparalleled access to diverse habitats, ranging from lush forests and fynbos to picturesque coastlines and the arid Karoo. Despite constituting only 2% of the country’s landmass, this compact area harbours over half of South Africa’s bird species. Moreover, its strategic accessibility through major travel hubs such as Cape Town, George, and Gqeberha, coupled with a diverse tourism offering, ensures holistic nature-based experiences for visitors. Notably, the district grants easy access to over 40 of South Africa’s endemic and near-endemic bird species, a particular attraction for avid birders.