The Western Cape offers a high level of endemism in unique floristic settings
42 of South Africa’s 53 endemic bird species occur in the Western Cape
Bird watching in the Western Cape
For the avid birdwatcher, there is no other area in Africa like the Western Cape that offers such a high level of endemism in such an accessible setting. The province is well known among international and local birders alike for the remarkable array of birds that is found here and nowhere else in the world: a staggering 42 of South Africa’s 53 endemic bird species occur in the Western Cape.
The region offers a diverse range of habitats and is home to approximately 300 species of birds, making it an ideal destination for Garden Route bird watching. The close proximity of the coastline and the Southern Capes Great Wetlands allows for species such as the endangered African Black Oyster catcher along with many other sought after pelagic species.
Birding on Gondwana
The reserve supports healthy populations of sought after endemics such as the Cape Sugarbird, Orange Breasted Sunbird, Protea Seedeater, and Black Harrier.
Gondwana is also home to our special annual migrants, the Amur falcon, Alpine Swift and European White Stork.
The reserve’s landscape comprises of open grass plains and plateaus, wetlands, fynbos and renosterveld hills, riverine and sub-tropical thicket valleys and cliff faces. The array of vegetation types allows for a variety of bird species. Denhams Bustard, Blue Crane, African Fish eagle, Verreaux’s eagle, Ostrich, Secretary bird, Jackal Buzzard, African Stone Chat, Cape Grassbird, Malachite Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Black crowned night heron, and Bokmakierie are all prominent species on the reserve.
Download Gondwana’s Species List
If you are interested in doing a Birding Safari on Gondwana pls make sure that you tell your Guide on arrival. We also recommend that you book a private Game Viewer in order to maximise your birding experience.