Buffels Bay | Cape Point Hot

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Swift Tern in Cape Point
Swift Tern Landing

Buffels Bay is a great spot for photographing Terns. There is usually a roost of Terns on the rocks adjacent to the bay. Swift and Sandwich Terns are common.

Buffels Bay is a scenic sandy beach. It is possible to get nice angled photographs of the breaking waves from each side of the half moon shaped beach.


Best Time to Photograph
Late afternoons has the sun behind your back and is preferential for photographing the Terns at their roosting site on the rocks.
Type of Photography
  • Wildlife General
  • Bird Photography
Best Time of Year
All year round
Photographic Tips
If you are patient you can get quite close to the birds. Approach slowly in small increments. Don't make any sudden movements. Use the rocks as cover.
Recommended Gear
Telephoto lens, bean bag for low angle photography. A gimbal head on your tripod will help to get sharp photographs of flying terns.


Site Highlights
Tern roost


Other Activities
  • Bird Watching
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking & Hiking


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Getting There
The Cape Point section of the Table Mountain National Park is accessed off the M4 just past Smitswinkel Bay. Buffels Bay is access via a road just past the Buffelsfontein Visitor Centre.
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Arne Purves
Author: Arne PurvesWebsite: http://www.arnepurves.co.zaEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Arne's passion for the environment, wildlife and conservation was instilled from an early age, leading to a career in nature conservation, first as a game ranger in the Natal Parks Board, a conservation officer with CapeNature and today in the City of Cape Town's Environmental Compliance Department. Photography is his creative medium of choice.