Where does one go birding around Plettenberg Bay during the spring holiday period?
The Bitou municipal area along the Garden Route region of the Western Cape Province of South Africa is internationally renowned as a tourist destination. Consider, for instance, the Cape Floral Kingdom, spectacular land-, mountain and seascapes, whale and dolphin watching, indigenous forests, diverse peoples ¬ the list goes on.
One of the region’s greatest assets is the diversity of bird species found here: it hosts a range of often sought-after endemic bird species, such as AFRICAN BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, PROTEA SEEDEATER, CAPE SISKIN, CAPE SUGARBIRD, ORANGE-BREASTED SUNBIRD, KNYSNA TURACO, KNYSNA and VICTORIN’S WARBLERS, KNYSNA WOODPECKER and many more.
Further to this, several under-utilised and ecologically varied birding destinations such as the Garden of Eden, Harkerville Forest, Robberg Nature Reserve, the Plettenberg Bay sewage works, the Bitou and Keurbooms Rivers and its estuary, Nature’s Valley and others need to be properly exposed to a rapidly growing birdwatching fraternity.
The Tsitsikamma National Park is included in this web page as it forms part of the Plettenberg Bay Hope Spot. It has also been proposed that the Tsitsikamma National Park Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) should in future include the Groot River Estuary and surrounding forests at Nature’s Valley, parts of the Keurbooms River Estuary and Keurbooms spit, the Bitou Wetlands and the Robberg Peninsula.
Many exciting birding products already exist: Forest birding at Nature’s Valley is world renowned, the Kelp Gull breeding colony at Keurbooms Beach needs no introduction and the migratory waders visiting the Bitou River floodplain and the Keurbooms estuary are legendary.
The region further boasts an excellent tourism infrastructure and several accommodation establishments are well equipped to cope with the demands set by local and international birders.
Find details of all the top bird-watching destinations in the greater Plettenberg Bay region here.
Top 10 bird-watching hot spots in the Plett region:
- Harkerville Forest and Kranshoek view point
- Robberg Nature Reserve
- Pelagic birding from Plett
- Goose Marsh
- Bitou River floodplain
- The Uplands farming area
- The Crags and Birds of Eden
- The plateaus above Nature’s Valley
- Nature’s Valley
- Tsitsikamma National Park