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PLATBOS FOREST, GANSBAAI DISTRICT

Website: www.platbos.co.za


PLATBOS (34°34'03.81”S 19°27'38.78”E) is an ancient indigenous forestsituated at the foot of Africa. Described by well-known botanist and author, Professor Eugene Moll, as a "unique South African forest jewel", this is a forest that enchants and inspires all who come to visit. The unlikely existence of this unique forest, the southernmost in Africa of it... Learn more

BARTHOLOMEUS KLIP, HERMON

Telephone: +27 (0)22 448 1087
Website: http://www.bartholomeusklip.com/


Bartholomeus Klip is a small hotel situated on a large wheat and sheep farm in the Riebeek Valley. It has a well-known 4 000 hectare nature reserve which conserves two rare types of fynbos and renosterveld, both lowland and mountain, thus making it an important habitat for birds as well as herds of buck such as eland, springbok and bontebok. There is an extensive seasonal wetland in the rese... Learn more

DUINEPOS SELF-CATERING CHALETS, WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Telephone: +27 (0)22 707 9900
Website: www.duinepos.co.za


Duinepos Chalets is a retreat for bird and nature lovers. The charming chalets are situated inside the West Coast National Park, located 17 km from the Langebaan town centre. The camp is based inland amongst the natural bush and is secluded and quiet. This is why birders from all over come here for the Duinepos-experience.

The 11 bush-chic, self-catering chalets all sleep 4 to 6 peop... Learn more

DYER ISLAND CRUISES MARINE BIG 5 TOURS AND MARINE DYNAMICS SHARK TOURS

Telephone: +27 (0)28 3843273
Website: www.dict.org.za/


The DYER ISLAND CONSERVATION TRUST (DICT) in conjunction with its tourism partners MARINE DYNAMICS and DYER ISLAND CRUISES manages a variety of conservation and community development projects, too many to describe in detail. FACES OF NEED projects with the African Penguin and the Great White Shark as focal points are well established and world reknowned – many international conservatio... Learn more

CALEDON VILLA GUEST HOUSE, STELLENBOSCH

Telephone: +27 (0) 21 883 8912
Website: www.caledonvilla.co.za


We are situated in the historical heart of old Stellenbosch. However, if you are sitting in our garden not another building is to be seen – only the huge wild fig tree, the 'Apiesdoring' and the old pomegranate tree. The guest house is within safe walking distance of many famous restaurants.

Caledon Villa reflects the old days when villas were built to remain intact fo... Learn more

EAGLES NEST IN LAMBERTSBAAI, CAPE WEST COAST

Website: www.westcoasteaglesnest.co.za/eagles-nest-accommodation/


Lambert's Bay is a small fishing town some 280 kilometres north of Cape Town and is often referred to as 'the Diamond of the West Coast' due to its white beaches, prolific birdlife and crayfish. It is a paradise for bird-watchers and seafood lovers alike and also represents an ideal stop-over point for birders travelling between Cape Town and Namibia or the Kgalagadi Transfrontie... Learn more

COLTS VILLA APARTMENTS, MILNERTON, CAPE TOWN

Telephone: +27 (0)73 147 6892
Website: www.wheretostay.co.za/coltsvillaapartments-self-catering-milnerton


Colts Villa Apartments offer luxury, 4 star graded self-catering apartments in Milnerton in close proximity to many of the top bird-watching destinations in Cape Town. It is situated in a secure estate on the edge of a protected "fynbos" reserve, the Tuscan Villa overlooks a thoroughbred racehorse training facility and enjoys picture-perfect views of Table Mountain from virtually e... Learn more

MOUNT CEDER, CEDERBERG GUEST COTTAGES

Telephone: +27 (0) 23 317 0848
Website: www.mountceder.co.za

LATEST NEWS SNIPPET:

Jaen-Marié Marais of Mount Ceder recently photographed Cinnamon-breasted Warblers on the farm


Mount Ceder is found on the main route through the Cederberg Mountain range and represents a perfect weekend and holiday destination. It offers visitors a host of exciting accommodation options and a diversity of outdoor activities to choose from. The valley is surrounded by rugged and arrestingly dramatic mountains, with majestic views and amazing spring flowers, particularly during August ... Learn more

BONTEBOK NATIONAL PARK

Telephone: +27 (0)28 514 2735
Website: www.sanparks.org

The Swellendam area in the Overberg region of the Western Cape is highly underrated as a bird-watching destination. The town is in close proximity to the Grootvadersbosch, Marloth and De Hoop nature reserves, all managed by CapeNature, the Bontebok National Park and the Tradouw pass. These reserves host a diversity of habitat... Learn more

RHODENE FARM COTTAGES, CERES DISTRICT

Telephone: +27 (0)23 313 3607
Website: www.rhodene.co.za

LATEST NEWS SNIPPET:

Twenty Tygerberg Bird Club members visited Rhodene Farm Cottages. Read report here: http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/winelands/news/2264/tygerberg_bird_club_at_rhodene_cottages_outside_ceres


Rhodene Farm Cottages are situated close to Prince Alfred’s Hamlet in the Ceres district. We offer nine luxury self-catering cottages and one farm house on a working fruit farm, 9km from Ceres, overlooking the fertile Ceres valley and situated at the foot of the magnificent Skurweberg Mountains. Our cottages are fully equipped with under-floor heating and/ or fireplace for cold winters... Learn more

TIDES RIVER LODGE, BREEDE RIVER, MALGAS

Website: wwwtideslodge.co.za

LATEST NEWS SNIPPET:

Wow! This looks like a wonderful birding destination to be investigated by bird-watchers visiting the Swellendam and Malgas region.


Tides River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Breede River, just outside the village of Malgas, some two and a half hours from Cape Town and half an hour from Swellendam.

We offer a selection of self-catering accommodation options, from cosy two sleepers to lodges that accommodate nine individuals. Bedrooms have queen and/or single beds. All options feature river views, verandah... Learn more

TANAGRA WINE AND GUEST FARM, McGREGOR

Telephone: +27 (0)23 625 1780
Website: www.tanagra-wines.co.za


Tanagra is an idyllic working wine and guest farm, bordering the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve in close proximity to McGregor. It is surrounded by indigenous fynbos, vineyards and a mystical range of mountains. We offer six self-catering cottages, including one eco-cottage. Some are close to the old homestead, canopied by a giant wild fig tree and close the farm dam, while others are tucked awa... Learn more

PIESANG VALLEY LODGE, PLETTENBERG BAY

Telephone: +27 (0)44 533 6283
Website: www.pvl.co.za


The Piesang Valley Lodge is set in fifteen acres of lush vegetation and borders on the Plettenberg Bay Golf and Country Club. It is owner run and in close proximity to beaches and the town centre. It features six comfortable log cabin style bedrooms with its own entrances, private balconies and offers breathtaking views across the valley and on to the Indian Ocean. Each room is well appointe... Learn more

AIRE DEL MAR GUEST HOUSE AND SELF-CATERING STUDIOS

Telephone: +27 (0)28 384 2848
Website: www.airedelmar.co.za


Aire Del Mar is ideally situated for bird-viewing, situated in the Overberg coastal region, which is internationally renowned as a tourist destination. We offer you friendly personal service and quality accommodation in 5 Spacious luxury rooms, all with en-suite bath rooms and balconies from which you have a spectacular unspoilt panoramic view over the bay of Dyer Island - from Danger Point ... Learn more

GYS SE HUIS on ROCKLANDS FARM, KOUE BOKKEVELD

Telephone: +27 (0)23 3170830
Website: https://www.facebook.com/GysseHuis/


Situated in the Koue Bokkeveld, high above the Ceres Valley, Gys se Huis is approximately 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town. This historic building, situated in the heart of a working farm, surrounded by old oak trees and lush lawns, is both spacious and comfortable. As a beautifully decorated self-catering guesthouse, with a modern country feel, it comes fully furnished. Boasting ample sl... Learn more

BIRDSONG IN VERMONT, HERMANUS


Birdsong, Hermanus sits nestled in a grove of Milkwood trees, overlooking the Vermont Saltpan, a very well known bird sanctuary. The four bedroom, three bathroom house is fully equipped for eight people. The house has a fully-equipped kitchen, and a spacious dining and lounge area with TV, DSTV and DVD Player. The living area has a wood-burning stove which warms the house while creating a co... Learn more

GONDWANA GAME RESERVE

Telephone: +27 (0) 21 555 0807
Website: www.gondwanagr.co.za


Gondwana Private Game Reserve provides an authentic African Safari Experience less than a four-hour drive from Cape Town along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. The 11,000-hectare (26,000 acre) Private Game Park offers a distinctive and luxurious malaria-free Safari Holiday destination with free-roaming Big 5 Safari Animals. Herds of wildlife including eland, giraffe, hippo, gemsbok,... Learn more

A SHORT BIRDING TRIP IN THE WESTERN CAPE

(Japie Claassen was at it again and here he reports on a short birding trip to some very interesting birding destinations in the Western Cape province). I took two Canadian clients on a short trip through the Western Cape last week (third week of April 2009) and although the weather wasn't always g... Read More

TERNS ALONG THE CAPE WEST COAST

Birding friends from Pretoria visited this past week-end. (25 and 26 April 2009). After a very good lunch at the famous tin house restaurant on the beach at Paternoster we went to Jacobsbaai and Mauritzbaai to see the terns. There were not nearly as many terns as about three weeks ago, but we had ex... Read More

TWO TOP BIRDING SPOTS ON THE WEST COAST

THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK AND THE BERG RIVER ESTUARY AT VELDDRIF - THE BEST OF CAPE WEST COAST BIRD-WATCHING Text and photographs by Dr. Anton Odendal The West Coast Flamingo Birding Route is one of six birding routes in the Western Cape province being developed under the auspices of BirdLife... Read More

RED STONE HILLS

RED STONE HILLS GUEST FARM Fifteen members of BirdLife Overberg visited the Red Stone Hills guest farm near Calitzdorp on Route 62 over last weekend (7 to 10 August). The drive there was exiting as the Overberg is as green as it can come and the Little Karoo is starting to show its annual flower sp... Read More

KAROO DESERT BOTANICAL GARDENS IN WORCESTER

The Cape Bird Club had their monthly outing to Worcester at the Karoo Desert Botanical Gardens on Sunday, 16 August 2009. A great group of 25 members enjoyed the pleasant weather and gardens and of course the Karoo birds. Speckled and Red-faced Mouse-birds made their appearance at the car park. Many... Read More

KAROO NATIONAL PARK BIRDING WEEKEND

Karoo National Park Birding Weekend (15-17 September 2006) A Worm’s Eye View By Christine Cleal By no stretch of the imagination can the Cleals be described as expert birders, but an enthusiasm for things environmental has now extended into the avian arena. So this is very much an amateur&rs... Read More

A WEEKEND OUTING TO THE KAROO NATIONAL PARK

(This article by Trevor Hardaker, posted on the capebirdnet during 2006 , is published with his permission. - Ed.) Sion and Tiana Stanton and Margaret and I spent the weekend birding the Karoo National Park and surrounds in the hope of catching up with a few of those "difficult to get" sp... Read More

KAROO BIRDING WEEKEND AT MATJIESFONTEIN

(This article submitted by Japie Claassen clearly illustrates how underrated birding in the Karoo is. Also keep in mind that we regularly update information on birding weekends on www.westerncapebirding.co.za Do your planning of participation in such a way that you consider joining one of the Karoo ... Read More

WEEKEND IN THE TANQUA KAR00

BIRDLIFE OVERBERG BIRDING (AND BUNDU-BASHING) THE TANQUA KAROO (23-26 AUGUST 2007) The Karoo has always been our favourite destination, so it was with enthusiasm that we packed our trusty sedan, and convoyed our humble way among the 4 x 4’s into unknown territory, led by the Odendals, hot in ... Read More

FEATURE ON BIRDING IN THE KAROO

BIRDING IN THE GREATER KAROO The Karoo has for long been totally underrated as a birding destination. This month we start focusing on the potential that this arid region hold for bird-watchers and we load articles on a variety of destinations such as Matjiesfontein, the Karoo National Park and the ... Read More