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

    - 2015-10-10

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, verandahs and braai areas.

The Breede River attracts an abundance of waterbirds, including African Fish-Eagles and several kingfishers, hunting a variety of fresh and salt water fish. The river is tidal for up to 60km and fish like Cob and Spotted Grunter can be caught at Tides. Other activities include mountain bike trails, hiking and canoeing. Boat cruises along the river can be arranged for up to ten people.

Diverse habitat types on our property that include fynbos, riverine scrub and mountain slopes host at least 120 different bird species, of which 30% are endemic or near-endemic to southern Africa. This is a birder's paradise and specials such as Knysna Woodpecker, Cape Clapper Lark and Southern Tchagra are encountered regularly. Flagship raptors of the area are the majestic Black Harrier, Jackal and Forest Buzzards and African Fish-Eagle. The nearby agricultural fields feature Blue Crane, Agulhas Long-billed Lark, Denham's Bustard and Karoo and Southern Black Kohaans. The Fynbos surrounding the area supports Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Protea Seedeater, Cape Grassbird and Victorin's Warbler. Cape Vultures are spotted on a regular basis, as there is a small breeding colony at Potberg Nature Reserve, roughly 20km from Tides Lodge.

De Hoop Nature Reserve is a 25km drive away and makes for a perfect day trip from your base at Tides. Other top birding destinations in the region include Bontebok National Park, Tradouw Pass and Marloth and Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserves. Come and enjoy the wonders of the Breede River and surrounds – a bird-watching wonderland.