Overberg – Bot River Estuary
About the Birding
Despite the size of the Bot River system, most of the shoreline is private property. Rooisand Nature Reserve, near the town of Kleinmond offers the best access to birders. The reserve entrance is on the R44 (-34.3289, 19.0879). After turning onto the dirt road, scan the open fynbos on the right that can hold Denham’s Bustard and Yellow Bishop. Watch out for Plain-backed Pipit on the road edges. Southern Tchagra can be found in the denser vegetation.
About the Birding Site
The Bot River Estuary is an Important Bird Area, and home to the thousands of waterfowl and over-summering waders. Despite its relatively large size, most of the shoreline is closed to the public. Rooisand Nature Reserve offers the easiest access to birders, and features a wooden boardwalk and a bird hide.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
Access to Rooisand is via -34.3297, 19.0880
Although the area is generally safe, please don’t leave valuables in your vehicle