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REDFORD HOUSE, THE CRAGS, PLETTENBERG BAY DISTRICT

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Many birders drive through The Crags between top birding destinations at Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley being totally unaware of the great birding potential here. Redford House represents an ideal destination from which to explore the birding delights of the region. It forms part of the Redford Conservancy which is made up of properties in The Crags north of the N2. It is reached off the N2 at GPS: 33°93'60.89”S 23°45'32.74”E.

A large lake, ponds and streams on the estate attract a variety of waterbirds and several hiking trails of different lengths and levels of difficulty allow access to a diversity of bird species. Redford House is a four star historic country guest house. It is situated at the foot of the Tsitsikamma mountains on its own 50 acre nature reserve. This is a much sought after tourist destination due to spectacular mountains, forest and magnificent beaches in close proximity.

The décor and style of Redford House is a mixture of Georgian, “Cape Platteland” and Cape Dutch. The architecture is Georgian, but has been adapted to suit South African country life. Deep-set fireplaces are typical of those in Cape Dutch houses. Wood and textured material accentuate an ambience of old world quality. Light streams through big sash windows. The rooms are airy and spacious, but at the same time cosy. Modern facilities make for comfortable living.

The immediate area surrounding Redford House should be investigated as it features mixed habitats of farmlands, fynbos, indigenous forests and exotic plantations that host a diversity of bird species, with our very own AFRICAN FISH EAGLES, and can produce top birding experiences. Visiting birders should undoubtedly consider visiting Birds of Eden and the Tenikwa Rehabilitation Centre or a myriad of other sites found on the Cruise The Crags route, as they are close by and offer fascinating wildlife experiences. Redford House is further an ideal base from which to explore the region’s top birding sites such as forest birding at Nature's Valley, the Kelp Gull breeding colony at Keurbooms Beach and the migratory waders visiting the Bitou River floodplain and Keurbooms Estuary. The region hosts a diverse range of often sought-after endemic bird species, such as the AFRICAN OYSTERCATCHER, PROTEA SEEDEATER, CAPE SISKIN, CAPE SUGARBIRD, ORANGE-BREASTED SUNBIRD, KNYSNA TURACO, VICTORIN'S WARBLERS, KNYSNA WOODPECKER and many more.

At Redford House, the peaceful country evenings are quite spectacular, especially during full moon. The sound of the Nightjar, and other nocturnal birds, together with the froggy chorus make for an auditory experience not to be forgotten.

Whether its eco-tourism and natural heritage, exciting adventure tourist attractions or the night life and sophisticated attractions of Plettenberg Bay visitors are after, Redford House is an ideal destination for any birder’s stay along the Garden Route.