ACTIVITIES in and around CAPE TOWN other than Birding
There are a myriad of things to do in and around Cape Town to satisfy all tastes from the highly cultural to the highly adventurous! And we at Avian Leisure are very happy to assist you with planning and booking your preferred excursions whatever they may be.
Our personal choice of MUST-DO activities in Cape Town other than birding are the 3 W’s: Wine, Whales and Wildflowers
Although we are always happy to assist our guests with itineraries for self-drive tours, we do recommend a guided winelands tour so that you can focus on enjoying the experience in full.
Many of the areas we go to on our Cape Town bird tours can be combined with visits to one or more wine estates en route; for wine and food enthusiasts, lunch on a wine estate can make the perfect midday break in a birding day.
Our personal choice of wine areas is the Constantia Valley in Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Read more about our Cape Winelands Meander here ….
The South African coastline is an excellent place to look for whales with the coast along the De Hoop Nature Reserve, near to Cape Aghulhas on the southernmost tip of Africa, being one of the world’s best places to watch Southern Right whales during the winter months.
Cape Town’s False Bay is a world renowned place to watch whales as well as dolphins and fur seals – Bryde’s and Hump-backed whales are present throughout the year, Southern Right whales in the winter months, and Orcas are becoming a not-infrequent sighting throughout the year. A whale watching boat cruise in False Bay is highly recommended. Read more about whale watching from Simons Town.
Wild flowers en masse are one of the exquisite delights of the spring along the West Coast north of Cape Town, continuing all the way to the Namibian border in a good year.
A day trip to the West Coast Park to the Postberg section, only open to the public in August and September, is an obvious choice, however careful planning is necessary to avoid long queues and large crowds. A tour of 2 or more days depending on which areas you would like to cover makes for a much more enjoyable and leisurely way to view this floral spectacle.
Combining birding with wild flowers in the springtime is one of the highlights in the Western and Northern Cape.
For more information view our Cape Floral Kingdom – Springtime Splendour At Its Best.