Cape Town Nature Tours
With more plant species than the whole of the British Isles and a coastline containing 5% of the world’s coastal marine species, the Cape Peninsula is one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.
Cape Town nature tours aim to give you a comprehensive overview of the natural environment on and around the Cape Peninsula. Ranging from walks in wildlife-rich areas to vehicle-based touring, my nature tours showcase the extraordinary fauna and flora of the region as well as its dramatic geology and beautiful landscapes.
The destinations visited on a Cape Town nature tour include some familiar ones: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is known for its spectacular flowers but it is also excellent for bird watching and is one of the key destinations on a Cape Town Birding Tour.
And who would have thought that the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is home to Africa’s largest antelope as well as its rarest not to mention tortoises, ostriches and otters? Find out more on a Cape Point Nature Tour–best timed with low tide!
Less familiar destinations don’t disappoint either. Strandfontein Sewage Works is largely unknown to locals but its ponds host flamingos and pelicans as well as great rafts of wildfowl and waders. Fish-eagles and marsh harriers are often seen hunting in the wetlands and there are usually sightings of mongoose and small antelope too. And hidden away on the Cape Flats, Rondevlei Nature Reserve remains one of the best places to see chameleons as well as evidence of its most unlikely residents–the hippopotamus.
You can choose between half and full-day nature tours on the Cape Peninsula, focussing on your specific interests (birding, marine ecology, botany) or including a range of interests. Some tours involve a few hours of walking, others just a stroll or two. Hot and cold drinks, a picnic lunch and snacks are all included.
There is just as impressive wildlife and scenery just a short drive from Cape Town too: an Overberg Nature Tour takes in penguins, rare mountain birds and pristine fynbos along the stunning Whale Coast while the 6-Day Cape Nature Tour puts it all together with your accommodation, activities and transport all arranged.