West Coast Peninsula
About the Birding
Coming from Cape Town, take the R27 towards Velddrif, follow the R45 to Vredenburg, and continue on the R399 towards Paternoster. The best areas for roadside birding are accessed from two gravel roads leading north from the R399, just after Vredenburg. The first (-32.8904, 17.9758) leads towards Stompneusbaai and St Helena Bay, or continue further and take the second road north (-32.8141, 17.8974), immediately before entering Paternoster, although both roads ultimately link up before St Helena Bay (-32.7796, 17.9683).
About the Birding Site
The West Coast peninsula offers excellent birding with a scenic backdrop of arid farmlands, rocky outcrops, patches of remnant strandveld fynbos and picturesque, white-washed coastal towns set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean. Exploring the peninsula can be incorporated into a day trip to Velddrif or the West Coast National Park. The avian star of the show here is the handsome endemic Cape Long-billed Lark, whilst Jacobs Bay offers close-up views of Antarctic Terns, which are present in large numbers in winter and provide excellent photographic opportunities.
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Access and facilities:
All of the birding localities described are free access, but be aware of closed gates and fences denoting private land.