Over 250 species of birds have been recorded on the Cape West Coast, classifying the Langebaan lagoon as a wetland of international importance. The Cape West Coast is situated at the southernmost point of the migratory route from Europe and Siberia and the wetland adjoining the Langebaan lagoon, a declared Ramsar site, supports huge populations of migratory birds. All bird species can be viewed from within the West Coast Nature Reserve.
Bird species include Black eagle, flamingo, the African black oyster-catcher, lark, tern, peregrine falcon and hundreds more. On a good day, one bird watcher recorded 42 different species of birds!
Bird watching tours can be booked at The Farmhouse Hotel or guests can begin their own tour from the West Coast Nature Reserve, 2 minutes away. After a thrilling day’s bird watching, relax in our lounge and enjoy a drink while you compare notes with your fellow birding enthusiasts and unwind.
Whether you’ve come to see sandpipers or ostrich, kites or plovers, be sure to come prepared and follow The West Coast Bird Route rules.
- Be as quiet as possible.
- Bring your binoculars and bird books.
- Take your own drinking water, you may need it to barter with native tribes.
- Don’t trample on plants, animals or kite surfers.
- Don’t disturb nature in any way.
- Leave all gates as you find them, rusted off their hinges or not.
- Take only photographs.
- Leave only footprints.
- No dogs.
- No firearms.
- No trance music.
- Definitely no drumming or selling of lentil burgers.
- Please use insect repellent.
- No picking of flowers, bulbs or plants.
- Keep to the trail.
- Please drive slowly - beware of petrol price hikes.
- You don’t have to dress top to toe in khaki for camouflage – we wear normal clothing here!