There are numerous wildlife parks and nature reserves throughout Cape Town and the Western Cape, most notably Aquila Game Reserve, the Cape Peninsula National Park, Rondevlei Nature Reserve and the Rietvlei Nature Reserve.
These reserves and parks boast a variety of wildlife. At Aquila you can see the Big Five, as well as Zebra, Gemsbok, Steenbok, Caracal, Duiker, Baboon, Eland, Jackal and Red Hartebeest. The Cape Peninsula National Park is where you will find various species of buck, Baboon and numerous other small animals. Rondevlei is home to 6 bird hides, porcupines, Grysbok, Cape Clawless Otter, Cape Grey Mongoose and a resident family of Hippo.
For wonderful encounters with Penguin, the Boulders Beach is where they seem to have made their home. Mingle with these plucky fellows while enjoying the beautiful beach scenery.
Cape Town offers wonderful opportunities for bird watching, and will appeal to all birding enthusiasts. There are various reserves which are home to some diverse birdlife. Cape Town's birdlife is varied and rich, and 60 of Southern Africa's 86 endemics and 42 of its 84 near endemics have made the Western Cape their home.
Birding in Cape Town is best in the spring time, with birding increasing towards the end of August. The very best months are September, October and November. Seabird watching is great in winter, during the north-westerly storms.
This is the largest bird park in Africa, and is situated in the charming area of Hout Bay. Enjoy Cape Town nature at this wildlife sanctuary, which is home to over 3 000 birds and various small animals. Set in a tropical garden, the aviaries are spaced over 4 hectares of land, framed by the majestic Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles, Constantiaberg, Chapman's Peak and Little Lion's Head.
With too many bird species to mention, the World of Birds is home to, among others, Barbets, Egrets, herons, Owls, Falcons, Jays, Pelicans, Thrushes, Geese, Cranes, Guineafowl, Magpies, Ravens, Vultures, Eagles, Ostrich and Spoonbills. Popular birds include the majestic Crowned Crane, the elegant Blue Crane, Bald Ibis, the Great Horned Owl, the Indian Blue Peafowl and the beautiful Mute Swan.
Mammals include Baboon, Meerkat, Monkey, marmosets, tamarins, squirrels, Mongoose, Fox, Genets, raccoons, Bushpig, guineapigs, Pot-bellied Pig, porcupines and hedgehog tenrecs. Reptiles include terrapins, green iguana, Blue tongued Skinks, rock monitors and tortoises.