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Cape Birding Day Trip: Hottentots Holland - Cape Rockjumper Tour

Top birds

•  Cape Rock-jumper
•  Bank Cormorant
•  Crowned Cormorant
•  Ground Woodpecker
•  Cape Rock Thrush
•  Victorin's Warbler
•  Cape Siskin
•  Cape Sugarbird
•  Orange-breasted Sunbird

Please contact us to enquire about our scheduled day trips, or if you would like us to arrange a private guided tour.


Typical Birding Sites

Rooiels, Betty's Bay, Stoney Point African Penguin Colony and Harold Porter Botanical Gardens.


Cape Rockjumper Tour

East of False Bay, the contours of the Hottentots Holland plunge precipitously into the sea, creating a spectacular stretch of coastline where mountain fynbos and marine specials can be seen virtually alongside each other.

Our first port of call is the seaside village of Rooiels, perched between high mountains and rocky shore. Along the rocky, lower mountain slopes we’ll search for the striking Cape Rock-jumper, Ground Woodpecker, Familiar Chat, Cape Bunting and Cape Sentinel (rare) Rock Thrushes. Overhead, we may spot Verreaux’s Eagle, Peregrine, Rock Kestrel or Jackal Buzzard. Surrounding fynbos vegetation is excellent for Orange-breasted Sunbird and Cape Sugarbird, and with some luck we may see Cape Siskin.

From here we continue along the coast to the village of Betty’s Bay and nearby Stoney Point, site of one of only two mainland colonies of African Penguin. Here too, we have the opportunity to compare all four species of marine cormorants. Bank Cormorant breed here, alongside the more common Crowned, Cape and White-breasted Cormorants.

Next, we visit the picturesque Harold Porter Botanical Gardens. The cultivated gardens are surrounded by moist mountain fynbos dissected by two forested ravines. Common birds of the lower gardens are Black Saw-wing Swallow (in summer), Cape Bulbul, Karoo Prinia, Southern Boubou, Malachite, Orange-breasted and Southern Double-collared Sunbirds, Yellow Bishop, Bully Canary and conveniently accessible Cape Siskin. There are usually swifts and swallows foraging overhead (including Rock Martin and African Black and Alpine Swifts), alongside soaring raptors (most commonly Black Eagle and Jackal Buzzard). Forested gorges provide Bar-throated Apalis, Cape Batis, Paradise (summer) and Dusky Flycatchers, and occasionally Swee Waxbill and Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher.


See Cape Rockjumper on a Hottentots Holland Birding Tour © Mike Buckham


See Orange-breasted Sunbird on a Hottentots Holland Birding Tour © Mike Buckham
Ground Woodpecker on a Birding Africa Day Trip from Cape Town © Callan Cohen
See Ground Woodpecker on a Hottentots Holland Birding Tour © Callan Cohen.

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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