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A visit to the West coast represents a celebration of diversity of peoples, landscapes, culinary delights, internationally recognised wetlands and spectacular wildflower displays. This arid region offers splendid white beaches and coastal plains, dominated by strandveld fynbos. Inland, the Cederberg Mountains are recognised as one of the best examples of the Cape Fold Mountains. The West Coast has a number of different ecosystems and therefore offers the opportunity of birding in mountain, coastal, sandveld and estuarine habitats.

The region is blessed with an abundance of birding “hotspots” that include 8 IBA’s and 2 RAMSAR sites. Birders will delight in the many special and endemic species. Terrestrial species are often overlooked as the West coast has the reputation for being home to rare, migrating waders during summer. Here mythical names such as Common Redshank, Pectoral and Broadbilled Sandpiper, Rednecked Phalarope and Dunlin spring to mind.

The West Coast is home to the Flamingo Birding Route. It stretches from Cape Town on the R27 coastal road northwards along the Atlantic seaboard to the mouth of the Olifants River, eastwards into the hinterland to include the Cederberg Mountains, and then turn southwards along the N7 highway back to Cape Town.