It is impractical to cover all great birding spots along the Garden
Route in a few days, so we usually suggest that the area is explored
over at least four or five days.
Our Garden Route tours usually begin in Cape Town and as we travel
eastwards you will notice that the coast becomes progressively more
wooded and subtropical. At one of our first stops we will visit
the Wilderness National Park where we will search for Knysna
Turaco, Chorister Robin, Green-backed
Bleating Warbler, Olive Bush Shrike, Black-headed
Oriole, Narina Trogon, Black-bellied
Starling and many other forest specials.
Nestled on the edge of the Touw River, Ebb & Flow Rest Camp is
the start to four trails, all named after local kingfishers. We will
explore these trails looking for Bar-throated Apalis,
Green-backed Bleating Warbler, Terrestrial
Bulbul and Chorister Robin. Cape
Batis, Dusky Flycatcher, Sombre
Bulbul, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-mantled
Flycatcher, Olive Woodpecker are also some
of the commoner species that can be found here.
Forest Buzzard occurs in forests and plantations
throughout the Garden Route, and we will keep an eye out for them
on roadside telephone poles along the N2 as we travel from Wilderness
through Knysna to one of our next destinations, Nature’s Valley.
Nature’s Valley, offering arguably the best birding along the
Garden Route, is where we will search for the elusive African
Finfoot. Half-collared Kingfisher is also
occasionally seen in the area. We will search for all of the usual
forest species that frequent the Garden Route, but Nature’s
Valley offers the added bonus of also harbouring Crowned Eagle,
Little Sparrowhawk, Emerald Cuckoo
(summer), Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Knysna
Woodpecker and Starred Robin. At night,
we will listen out for Wood Owl and Buff-spotted
Flufftail, although the latter is notoriously difficult to
The Overberg region marks the beginning of the
Garden Route, so it makes sense to combine these two regions. Let
us know if this combination interests you, and we will arrange a
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