The popular and very scenic town of Jongensfontein is located about 8km by road west of Stilbaai. Jongensfontein overlooks a beautiful secluded bay with predominantly loose strewn rock boulders along most of the coastline.
The town is surrounded by coastal dunes, Milkwood patches, Renosterveld and dry dune veld. Birding within the town boundaries as well as in the adjoining developed agricultural areas is very rewarding and species that can be observed in the town and the surrounding agricultural small holdings are distinctly different from birding in the adjacent drier dune veld and more intensely developed agricultural areas.
A multiple day visit to the town and its adjacent nearby agricultural areas should yield 115 or more bird species in summer with slightly less numbers in winter when the migratory birds are obviously absent.
During periods of strong onshore winds, it is well worth the effort to endure the strong gusty winds to try and observe the scarce close to shore seabirds like, Cape Gannets, Sooty Shearwaters, Southern Giant Petrels and possibly an Albatross. All these species, excluding the Cape Gannet, normally are not venturing near the shoreline in mild windy conditions.
The greater Jongensfontein area has a bird list that comprises of about 130 bird species of which 60 to 70 species can easily be recorded during a short two to three hour visit.
Birding in and around Jongensfontein offers diverse opportunities and habitats but the best birding spots are the following:
Jongensfontein shoreline hiking trail
Jongensfontein to Stilbaai coastal hiking trail
Blombos to Jongensfontein coastal hiking trail
Jongensfontein Nature Reserve hiking trails
Most of the walking trails in Jongensfontein are not readily accessible for persons with disabilities, but the mobility impaired can make use of the main road section (Strand Street) that runs along the coastline.