Olifantsbos Birding, Cape of Good Hope
Olifantsbos in the South Peninsula of Cape Town is one of my favourite places to go Birding. It is a remote area within the Cape of Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park. The Olifantsbos beach is so quiet that you can sometimes find yourself alone for hours before anyone else arrives. Although it is quite popular with surfers during a swell. The beach is also relatively safe as there is controlled access, your biggest worry would be Chacma Baboons raiding your lunch – which is not common in that specific area. Another perk of the area being quiet is that wildlife like Eland and Bontebok can often be seen here. If you are early enough you might even spot an otter on the beach.
Olifantsbos is well known for Peninsula rarities and the occasional pelagic species. The coastal zone between the Thomas T Tucker Shipwreck and Menskoppunt offers a good variety of species. The fynbos verging the beach also offers up a few bush birds. The vegetation here recently burnt, but I am sure by Spring it will support more bird species.
During March 2018 the following species were observed in a 2 hour stroll:
Cape bulbul, Steppe Buzzard, Familiar Chat, Levaillants Cisticola, Cape Cormorant, White-breasted Cormorant, Pied Crow, Little Egret, Egyption Goose, Hartlaub’s Gull, Kelp Gull, Black-headed Heron, Grey Heron, African Sacred Ibis, Rock Kestrel, Blacksmith Lapwing, African Oystercatcher, Common Ringed Plover, Kittlitz Plover, White fronted Plover, Karoo Prinia, White-necked Raven, Cape Robin-Chat, Red winged Starling, Little Stint, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Swift Tern, Cape Wagtail, Common Whimbrel, Bontebok, Eland.