2nd March 2018 – Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

We made a return to Kirstenbosch after visiting the nearby  Winery at Groot Constantia just to relax after a busy morning.

Again we enjoyed the gardens but didn’t see much birdlife other than the ubiqitous Guineafowl and Egyptian geese.

DSC02323Egyptian goose


DSC02372Cape bulbul

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1st March 2018 – Stellenbosch

It was noticeably warmer when we arrived in Stellenbosch with no coastal breezes and our visit to the leafy University of Stellenbosch’s Botanical Garden was very welcome. There were collections of fynbos plants, ferns. orchids, bonsai trees and dry-country succulents  from Namibia and the water lilies were reminiscent of the University of Bristol’s Botanical Gardens but not in sweltering greenhouse (even though there were greenhouses that we didn’t attempt to enter).

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28th February 2018 – Rondevlei and False Bay Nature Reserves

We so enjoyed the Rondevlei Nature Reserve earlier in our trip to Cape Town we decided to return. We were greeted by the warden who remembered us from our last trip. He suggested that we might also like to visit the Sewerage Works (!) and offered to draw up a map for us whilst we were visiting the reserve.

We didn’t see as much at Rondervlei this time but it was still a very worthwhile visit. However, we couldn’t resist a trip to the sewerage works and followed the warden’s excellent map. This trip was beyond our wildest dreams. Once we had signed in to the park we followed a road for about 4 kms and arrived at the sewerage works (a little smelly as we were warned). From there we followed gravel tracks in our car for kilometre after kilometre and saw the most amazing collection of birds  without ever getting out of the car. The birds didn’t seem affected by us and we could view the birds really close up.

I’ll post (some of) my photos now and try to identify later.

False Bay Nature Reserve photos followed by Rondevlei Reserve photos:



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