You will be arriving in Cape Town International Airport where your guide will meet you in the arrival hall. From the airport it is an hour’s drive to Simons Town, a picturesque town overlooking False Bay, where you will be staying for the next three days. Simons Town is well positioned to explore the birding hotspot in and around Cape Town. Depending on Cape Town’s well known fickle weather we will plan our days accordingly and visit Kirstenbosch Gardens, Sea Point National Park, Kommetjie, Ronde Vlei Bird Sanctuary and False Bay water treatment plant as well as Boulder’s Beach Penguin colony as the weather permits. Hartlaub’s Gull, Ruddy Turnstone, Common Whimbrel, Grey Plover and Common Ringed Plover, Bank Cormorant, Crowned Cormorant, African Black Oystercatcher, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Grey-backed Cisticola, Cloud Cisticola, Cape Sugarbird, Ground Woodpecker, Cape Bulbul, Karoo Prinia, Cape Longclaw, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Siskin, Cape Spurfowl, Cape Batis and Southern Boubou will be some of the birds we will be looking for.
On our day-trip to the West Coast National Park we will leave before sunrise taking packed breakfasts with us. We will visit several bird hides throughout our day and have lunch in the park. We will be searching for Black Harrier, Grey-winged Francolin, Grey-backed Cisticola, Layard’s Tit-Babbler, Karoo Scrub-Robin, White-backed Mousebird, Cape Grassbird, Karoo Lark, Large-billed Lark, Cape Penduline-Tit, African Black Oystercatcher, Chestnut-banded Plover, Red Knot, Bar-tailed Godwit and Eurasian Curlew. Great White Pelican, Lesser Flamingo, Jackal Buzzard, Chestnut-banded Plover, Fairy Flycatcher, Yellow Canary and White-throated Canary just to name a few.