Birding in Rooi-Els and Bettys Bay

Birding in Rooi-Els and Bettys BayOur first stop along this scenic coastal drive skirting the Hottentots Holland Mountains on the eastern shores of False Bay is Rooi-els. Here we look for the endemic Cape Rockjumper and Cape Rock Thrush where they occur at low altitude in the mountain Fynbos. Black Eagle, Ground Woodpecker, Black Swift, Orange-breasted Sunbird and Rock Kestrel are also seen along the mountain range.

Whales can also occur along here from July onwards.

Harold Porter Botanical Gardens with its Fynbos and forest offers Swee Waxbill, Victorins Warbler, Black Saw-wing Swallow, Cape Batis and the magnificent Orange-breasted Sunbird. In summer the magnificent red Disa uniflora (endemic orchid) flowers on the moss covered cliff face.

At nearby Stony Point, the second mainland colony of African Penguin is located and all your local Cormorants. The penguins and cormorants can be seen from close range. On our way home we will look out for the Blue Crane, South Africa's national bird, and Denhams Bustard.

Our journey continues over the Highlands of the Kogelberg Biosphere, through the Apple Orchards of Grabouw, before we descending Sir Lowrys Pass towards Cape Town.

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