Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape – Robberg Nature Reserve

About the Birding

After driving through the gate, the road goes through tall coastal fynbos. Sunbirds can be quite prolific, such as Southern and Greater Double-collared Sunbird.

The parking area at -34.10080, 23.37690 is a good area to look for Southern Boubou, while Southern Tchagra and Neddicky is often heard in the surrounding bush. There is a large deck overlooking the ocean close to the parking area, where Red-winged Starling and White-necked Raven can often be seen.

The Point Trail is a great hike to do for fynbos species, where Karoo Prinia and Orange-breasted Sunbird is often seen. Check the rocky cliffs for Cape Rock Thrush and Ground Woodpecker, which are resident in the reserve. Rock Kestrel might also be seen in several areas along the trail, along with Jackal Buzzard.

The Island is a small piece of land separated from the rest of the peninsula by a stretch of beach. On the beach, African Oystercatcher might be seen. There is occasionally a gull roost on the beach too, which is often joined by cormorants and terns. The Island itself is a fantastic place to look out for sea birds, and Cape Gannet is almost always around. With a bit of luck, one might see birds such as White-chinned Petrel and Shy Albatross too.

The fynbos is slightly different on the Gap Trail, and one should look out for Red-necked Spurfowl which is sometimes seen on the path here. Cape Siskin can be seen with a bit of luck.

About the Birding Site

Robberg is a Cape Nature reserve which is comprised of mostly fynbos and coast. What the reserve lacks in number of species, it makes up for in specials and dramatic scenes! Large cliffs, spectacular fynbos, and stunning views of the ocean make this reserve very attractive.

There are numerous trails available on the reserve, some of which can be quite nerve-wracking as they contour the cliffs. The trails vary in length, some being quite short, others stretching for several kilometres.

Other Related Information

The entrance gate for Robberg Nature Reserve is at –34.09968, 23.37327 ( The main parking area is a few hundred metres past the gate.

Other related information:

There is an entrance fee to day visitors, alternatively a Wild Card could be used to get a permit.

A price list, as well as a map of the reserve is available by clicking this link:

There are numerous picnic benches, as well as braai facilities available in the main parking area. There are also bathrooms and an information building available.

Due to the rocky nature of the reserve, the trails are not accessible with wheelchairs.

Text prepared by:

Justin Ponder

Key species:

Orange-breasted Sunbird, Ground Woodpecker, Karoo Prinia, Southern Tchagra, Cape Rock-thrush, Red-necked Spurfowl, African Oystercatcher, Cape Gannet

Contact details:

Robberg Nature Reserve website:

Contact Cape Nature:

Tel: +27 (0)87 087 3937