The Hermanus suburb of Onrus River, commonly referred to as Onrus, offers excellent bird-watching opportunities. Many coastal species are readily available, extensive Milkwood groves bring a range of species associated with thickets and forest habitats into play and mature coastal Fynbos habitats add to the diversity of species in this popular seaside suburb.
The Hemel And Aarde Valley provides spectacular scenic drive taking one via Shaw’s Pass to Caledon and the beautiful Theewaterskloof region.
Consider leisurely strolls along the Hermanus Cliff Path that can be accessed at several places in the village. It allows whale and dolphin watching at its best combined with really good opportunities to watch coastal, fynbos, forest and garden birds.
The Fernkloof Nature Reserve in Hermanus is certainly one of the brightest feathers in the Cape Whale Coast’s bird-watching cap.
This quaint, well-wooded village lies on the banks of the Klein River offering traditional Cape countryside experiences and exuding the charm of years gone by. Stanford is a bird-watching destination of note and is well known for various habitat types in and around the village hosting a huge diversity of bird species.
The R43 between Stanford and Gansbaai is unfortunately fairly narrow and lacks road verges, making it very difficult to watch birds. However, the area to the east of Gansbaai along the R43 is unfortunately still relatively ‘unchartered’ in birding terms.
This route offers good forest opportunities, as well as quality road-side birding.
The Danger Point Peninsula is rapidly developing a reputation as one of the prime birding destinations along the Cape Whale Coast.
The area around Dyer Island and Kleinbaai is seen as one of the prime eco-tourism destinations along the South African coast and exposes visitors to the Southern Right Whale, the iconic Great White Shark, the Cape Fur Seal, the endangered African Penguin and various dolphin species.
The Karwyderskraal and Swartrivier loop roads represent high-quality wheatfield birding in close proximity to Hermanus and Cape Town.