While the 2016/2017 drought in the Garden Route has affected birding resulting in uneventful forest birding, it has had twitchers adrenaline flowing with some exciting out of range and first in South Africa sightings. Now, mid way through September, some welcome rain having fallen and a green flush returning to the unusually autumn tone of…
Hiking through the Garden Route offers a diversity of unconventional wildlife encounters in the forest, dunes and on the beach.
In the central Garden Route, the Bushpig Trail is a medium distance day walk which traverses diverse fossil dune vegetation.
The Garden Route abounds with day walks. For hikers wanting to immerse themselves in pristine indigenous in close proximity to Knysna, the two Woodcutter Trails will revitalize your entire being.
Birding in the Garden Route during the 2015/2016 summer season was educational and insightful into birding behavior.
If, while in the Garden Route, you are looking for a short relaxing beach walk to explore some rock pools, Gericke’s Point near Sedgefield should be penciled into your itinerary. Ideal for snorkeling, birding and photography, it is a easy 3.2km round trip from the Swartvlei beach parking area.
Heading in summer in the Garden Route is a perfect time for birding. While it is tempting to use recorded calls to lure birds in, it is important to know which species respond to this technique and which species will be chased away.