The Flamingo Birding Routewhich hosts a diverse range of sought after often endemic bird species, is one of the great secrets of West Coast region of the of the Western Cape.

Yellow-billed Kite

Birders will delight in the many special and endemic birds, including the Blue Crane, Black Harrier, Southern Black Korhaan, Cape Penduline Tit, Protea Seedeater, Cape Siskin and Cape Rock-jumper. These terrestrial species are often overlooked as the West Coast has the reputation for being the home of rare, migrating waders during summer – such as Common Redshank, Pectoral and Broad-billed Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope and Dunlin.

Further to this, the area offers several underutilized and ecologically varied birding destinations such as Verlorenvlei, the Rocher Pan nature reserve, the Berg river estuary at Velddrif, the West Coast National Park Park and the Cederberg mountains. The migratory waders visiting the various estuaries and lagoons are legendary.

Several exciting birding highlights include the vast numbers of Blue Cranes in the area, the renowned Cape Gannet site at Bird Island in Lambert’s Bay, the Cape Cormorant roosting site at Velddrif, and the Black Harriers and waders at the West Coast National Park.