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  • Members of BirdLife Overberg are currently putting together a midweek visit to Gourikwa, probably during September 2018

    - 2018-02-24

GOURIKWA RESERVE – A gem in the Garden Route’s Crown

At Gourikwa Reserve it’s pretty common to have Mother Nature knocking at your door! We have 5km of privately owned, unspoilt coastline all to ourselves! You will see the endangered Cape Mountain Zebra and Eland grazing amid 2000ha of pristine fynbos, indigenous fauna and flora and breath-taking ocean views. Our uniqueness sets us apart from any other destination in South Africa as we strive to give every visitor an unforgettable experience. Whether you are craving a weekend breakaway or a longer holiday escape, Gourikwa Reserve’s spacious self-catering houses will certainly surpass your expectations. All units have recently been refurbished and sleep 2 to 6 people. Each unit has its own unique charm from Fishermen’s Houses to luxurious Cottages. All units have ocean views and some units you can almost sit on your “stoep” with the fishing rod. We are proud to have the Ystervark lighthouse on our property and day visitors are welcome to pop in for a photo! We also offer a beachfront chapel and a state of the art wedding facility. Gourikwa’s conference facilities can further cater for groups and corporate events – ideal for team-building, training and motivational talks.The main objective of the current owners is conservation! We work together with neighbouring farms to preserve the beauty of this naturally unique coastline. You will be able to view special fauna, flora and wild life species on our reserve as our 2000ha are protected and preserved. Gourikwa Reserve is however an exceptional bird-watching destination. The various habitat types host a diversity of bird species. Endemic coastal species such as the Cape Cormorant, Cape Gannet and African Black Oystercatcher are often spotted and in summer migratory Common and Sandwich Terns join the resident Swift Terns creating spectacular flocks. The coastal thickets produce hugely sought-after species such as the Cape Batis, Terrestrial Brownbul, Olive Bush-Shrike, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Southern Tchagra and Knysna Woodpecker. Expect to find the African Paradise Flycatcher in summer. Endemic species associated with Fynbos habitats such as the Cape Sugarbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird are common, as are the Cape Grassbird, Cape Penduline-Tit, Karoo Prinia and Cape Spurfowl. The region’s wheatbelt habitats further offer specials such as the Denham’s Bustard, Grey-backed Cisticola, Blue Crane, Southern Black Korhaan, Cape Clapper Lark and Large-billed Lark. Birds of prey recorded regularly include the Jackal Buzzard, Steppe Buzzard, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Black Harrier, Rock Kestrel, Black-shouldered Kite and Secretarybird. Expect to hear the familiar calls of the Fiery-necked Nightjar and Spotted Eagle-Owl at night. This brief overview does not do justice to the outstanding birding potential of the reserve as several other common species had not been mentioned.The Gourikwa Reserve further serves as an ideal base from which to explore some of the top bird-watching destinations in the region. Here the seasonal Langvlei and Voёlvlei outside Gouritz, the sewage works at Hartenbos, many sites in and around Still Bay and many more come to mind.