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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

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

MOUNTAIN VIEW LODGE AND COTTAGE, SWELLENDAM

Telephone: +27 (0)28 5143799
Website: www.mountainviewswellendam.co.za/


The Cottage and The Lodge are cosy, thatched, self-catering accommodation units which are set in our large indigenous garden. Mountain View features safe off road parking. From our elevated position on the crest of the hill, all units overlook the well-wooded, historic Swellendam, nestling against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg mountain range. The lush, wild garden supports a wealth ... 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

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

THE KINGFISHER CORNER, SEDGEFIELD

Telephone: +27 (0)44 343 1715
Website: www.capestay.co.za/kingfishercorner/


The property has two cottages available for renting. One is beach cottagy and accommodates six, the other is more upmarket and will accommodate four. Both have spacious living areas, comfortable bedrooms, each has two bathrooms, and balconies. Each cottage has a garage provided, and free wireless internet. All linen is provided, including swimming towels. There is no washing machine or dishw... 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

TAMODI LODGE AND STABLES, THE CRAGS

Telephone: +27 (0)44 5348071
Website: www.tamodi.co.za


Tamodi Lodge and Stables was created by Lynne and Owen Johnston, their inspiration born out of love for horses and the beautiful valleys of the Crags. This passion is reflected in the carefully designed main house and stable buildings which blend with the bush and natural environment. The setting is peaceful and relaxing, offering 4 luxury suites. They overlook a beautiful indigenous forest ... 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

PHILLIPSKOP MOUNTAIN RESERVE, STANFORD DISTRICT

Telephone: +27 (0)73 621 1808
Website: www.phillipskop.co.za


Phillipskop Mountain Reserve covers over 246ha on the southerly slopes of the Klein River Mountains just to the east of Stanford in the Western Cape. The reserve protects unique mountain fynbos. Flowers abound throughout the year and visitors are encouraged to do a guided walk with Chris, a FGASA registered guide and world renowned authority on fynbos. Winter brings the magnificent proteas i... 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

REDFORD HOUSE, THE CRAGS, PLETTENBERG BAY DISTRICT

Telephone: +27 (0) 44 534 8877
Website: http://www.redfordhouse.co.za/home.html


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 of... 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

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

BIRDING IN THE WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Birding hotspots along the Cape West Coast: West Coast National Park (This article is one of four written by Keith Harrison that he originally prepared for “Cape Odyssey”. - Ed.) `For any birding tourist to the Western Cape a visit to the West Coast National Park at Langebaan is a &lsq... Read More