AIRE DEL MAR GUEST HOUSE AND SELF-CATERING STUDIOSAddress:
77 Van Dyk Street, KLEINBAAI, Gansbaai district GPS co-ordinates: 34° 36' 49"S 19° 21' 47"E
Telephone:+27 (0)28 384 2848
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)72 469 2230
The so-called 'Cape Whale Coast' offers many delights. From Aire del Mar you can visit the Cape Floral Kingdom, see spectacular land- and seascapes, taste acclaimed wines, do white shark cage diving and/or whale-watching, and hike kilometres along the beautiful unspoilt coast. Only 2 hours’ drive from Cape Town, Aire del Mar is in the quiet and small seaside resort of Kleinbaai, near Gansbaai. There are several top birding destinations in the immediate vicinity of Aire Del Mar.
BERTLEYS HOLIDAY HOUSEAddress:
11 Gannet Road, Vermont, Hermanus along the Cape Whale Coast
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)84 011 4488
BERTLEY’S Holiday house is a beautiful large holiday house, situated close to the water’s edge and the very well known birding destination of the Vermont salt pan. It sleeps up to twelve people very comfortably in six double bedrooms of which two are en-suite. It features two big balconies with stunning mountain views and a built in braai. The fully equipped house further features a large games room. Bertley's serves as an ideal base from which to explore birding destinations such as the coastal hiking trails, Harderbaai, Fernkloof and many more.
MOUNTAIN VIEW COTTAGE AND LODGE, SWELLENDAMAddress:
37 Drostdy Street Swellendam 6740 South Africa
Telephone:+27 (0)28 5143799
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)83 703 7986
The Cottage and the Lodge are cosy, thatched, self-catering accommodation units which are set in our large indigenous garden. The lush, wild garden supports a wealth of birds for bird-watchers and those who just enjoy what nature has to offer. Experienced birders recently identified more than 50 species at the property during a two night stay. Swellendam is highly underrated as a bird-watching destination and the town is in close proximity to the Grootvadersbosch, Marloth and De Hoop Nature Reserves, the Bontebok National Park, the Tradouw Pass and the Overberg Wheatbelt. Mountain View serves as an ideal base from which to explore the birds of the region and further offers excellent garden birding.
GONDWANA PRIVATE GAME RESERVEAddress:
From the N2 highway take a left turn at ( R327) the Herbertsdale / Mossdustria road just before the Petroport and Engen One-Stop outside Mosselbay. NOTE – Do not turn at the first Herbertsdale turn off the N2, wait until R327!! Travel on this road for 14.
Telephone:+27 (0) 21 555 0807
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0) 74 582 4861
Fax No.:+086 574 1783
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. The array of vegetation types allows for a variety of bird species. Gondwana also serves as an ideal base from which to explore the birding delights in the surrounding areas. The Herbertsdale road, Langvlei and Voëlvlei, the Wilderness National Park and many more offer top class birding.
OU WERF FARM COTTAGE, BREDASDORP DISTRICTAddress:
Mierkraal Farm, Elim/Gansbaai Road (R43), 12km’s from Bredasdorp, Western Cape
Telephone: +27 (0)28 424 2128
Cell/Mobile: +27 (0)82 318 1960
Fax No.: +27 (0)28 424 2128
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Ou Werf is a compact and cosy little cottage on a working farm near Bredasdorp with plenty of farm character. It sits within a lovely open setting on the farm Mierkraal, which in turn lies on the rim of the Heuningberg Mountains. With beautiful views of dam and mountain from just about every angle, it is the perfect get-away for bird-watching enthusiasts. With its picturesque landscapes, this part of the Overberg is a great birding destination with endemic species such as Hottentot Buttonquail, Blue Crane, Black Harrier, Agulhas Long-billed Lark and Orange-breasted Sunbird.
Tanagra Wine & Guest FarmAddress:
Tanagra Private Cellar, Vrolijkheid, P.O. Box 92, McGREGOR 6708
Telephone:023 625 1780
Cell/Mobile:076 112 5490
Fax No.:023 625 1847
Tanagra is an idyllic wine and guest farm in the McGregor Valley that adjoins and has direct access to Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve. 175 species have been listed here and include many waterfowl and species associated with Fynbos and Succulent Karoo species. Further birding hot spots like Boesmanskloof and Dassieshoek are in close proximity.
7 Lindsay st,
Telephone:+27 (0)44 3841193
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)82 5697856
Fax No.:+27 (0)86 553 8292
Pumula Lodge is centrally situated for easy access to various birding habitats. The owners are enthusiastic birders and can help guests plan various excursions. The Lodge's garden makes for excellent birding from the comfort of a chair. Birding opportunities are outstanding and in close proximity to some of the top birding destinations along the Garden Route.
BIRDSONG IN VERMONT, HERMANUSAddress:
19 Soutpan Close, Vermont, Hermanus 7201 South Africa
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0) 72 551 4232
Fax No.:+27 (0) 21 461 4844
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. Birdsong is any birder's delight. There is a great diversity of waterbirds here and it is often possible to see up to thirty species from the patio. The large grove of Milkwood trees on the Birdsong property bring a different suite of birds into play. Birdsong serves as an ideal base from which to investigate many of the top birding destinations along the Cape Whale Coast.
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER WINE ESTATE AND ACCOMMODATIONAddress:
Moddervlei Farm, along the R 317, Bredasdorp district
GPS: 34° 37′ 580″ S 19° 49′ 399″ E
Telephone:+27 (0) 28 482 1618
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The perfect country getaway. The four comfortable self-catering Cottages allow us to share our joy of living in the Overberg. The cottages overlook the Nuwejaars River and biodiversity-rich Agulhas Plain. Visit the Black Oystercatcher Restaurant for a fresh dining experience. We are in close proximity to top birding destinations such as the Agulhas National Park, De Hoop and De Mond Nature Reserves and many more – the best of Overberg birding.
CALEDON VILLA GUEST HOUSE, STELLENBOSCHAddress:
7 Neethling Street, Stellenbosch 7600 - South-Africa GPS : E 18 51.975 S 33 56.251
Telephone:+27 (0) 21 883 8912
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. The guest house is within safe walking distance of many famous restaurants and the Botanical Garden is only 150 yards away. Modern luxuries in the rooms, lounges and breakfast room do however meaningfully integrate the historical with the modern. Caledon Villa serves as an ideal base from which to explore the top birding destinations of the region and further offers excellent garden birding.
LAZY LEOPARD FOREST RETREAT, KnysnaAddress:
Rheenendal Road, Knysna, 6570. GPS Coordinates: 33° 59' 15"S 22° 58' 42"E
Telephone:+27 (0)82 965 5765
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)82 965 5765
Fax No.:+27 (0)44 388 4778
Sitting on the balcony of our secluded cabins you're privvy to the African Crowned Eagle soaring high above the forest canopy. The Knysna Loerie hops from branch to branch foraging in the trees right by your side, then with a flash of red they soar into the valley below. Staying on the perimeter of the forest edge offers an unending expanse from which to view a wide range of birds. We have a bird list available! And all of this close to many of the top birding destinations of the Garden Route.
THE KINGFISHER CORNER, SEDGEFIELDAddress:
36 Kingfisher Drive, Sedgefield 6573
Telephone:+27 (0)44 343 1715
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)82 440 8625
Fax No.:+27 (0)44 343 1715
The property has two cottages available for renting. One is beach cottagy and accommodates six, the other is more upmarket and will accommodate four. The views overlook the estuary of Swartvlei and the sea. The Kingfisher Corner serves as an ideal base from which to explore the many bird-watching delights of the central Garden Route region.
TAMODI LODGE AND STABLES, THE CRAGSAddress:
Approximately 10 km past Plettenberg Bay towards Port Elizabeth, go past the first two turnoffs to Keurboomsstrand and at the top of the hill turn right at the foot of the Vodacom cell phone tower - proceed for 1.5 km.
Telephone:+27 (0)44 5348071
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)82 551 9313
Tamodi Lodge and Stables overlook a beautiful indigenous forest valley and the Tsitsikamma mountains. Tamodi offers outstanding bird-watching in a peaceful setting with luxurious accommodation. Bird-watching at Tamodi is great with many forest species and waterbirds on offer. It is ideally situated to be be used as base from which to explore the top birding destinations of Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley.
PHILLIPSKOP MOUNTAIN RESERVEAddress:
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)73 621 1808
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. The Phillipskop Mountain Reserve is in close proximity to many of the top birding destinations along the Cape Whale Coast. The levels of avian endemism in this region are extra-ordinary making for outstanding birding. More detail available at this link: http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/overberg/advertorials.php?type=advertorial&id=27
MOSAIC PRIVATE SANCTUARY - Luxury Lagoon Lodge (All-inclusive), Cottages, Café, ActivitiesAddress:
Mosaic Private Sanctuary, Wortelgat Road, on the Hermanus Lagoon, Stanford . 34°25'36.0"S 19°21'14.2"E
Telephone:+27 (0)76 313 2814
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)82 825 3211
Fax No.:+27 (0)86 276 3026
From lagoon to ocean, Mosaic’s guests enjoy expertly guided birding activities whether by 4x4, quad bike, mountain bike, or walks. Abundant fynbos and bird life on 1000 hectares makes Mosaic a world-class birding destination with 5-star Lodge or self-catering accommodation. And in close proximity to top birding destinations at Hermanus, Stanford and the Danger Point peninsula.
PLATBOS FOREST, GANSBAAI DISTRICTAddress:
Uilenkraals Valley, Gansbaai district: Directions can be obtained from email@example.com GPS Co-ordinates: 34°34'03.81”S 19°27'38.78”E
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)82 4110448
PLATBOS (34°34'03.81”S 19°27'38.78”E) is an ancient indigenous forest situated 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. To crown it all Platbos has recently received official Contract Nature Reserve status from CapeNature. Bird-watching at Platbos is simply supurb. Forest associated species are the main attraction with “Western Cape specials” such as OLIVE BUSH-SHRIKE, BLUE-MANTLED CRESTED-FLYCATCHER, TAMBOURINE DOVE and BUFF-SPOTTED FLUFFTAIL being just a few of the species found regularly. To this should be added that Platbos is in close proximity to other top birding destinations of the Overstrand such as Witkrans, the Uilenkraals Estuary, Dyer Island, the Danger Point peninsula and many more. Platbos offers exclusive accommodation units set beneath the forest canopy and the forest trail is open to day visitors.
HAARWEGSKLOOF RENOSTERVELD RESERVEAddress:
About 40 km north of Bredasdorp and north of De Hoop Nature Reserve. Roughly 20km from Bredasdorp along the R319 take the Baadjieskraal turn to the right. GPS: 34°33'83”S 20°32'61”E
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)82 762 2787
Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve represents the largest area of conserved lowland Renosterveld in the Western Cape and is owned by WWF-SA and managed by the Overberg Lowlands Conservation Trust. There are two options for accommodation here: i) a beautiful self-catering guesthouse (3 bedrooms) converted from the farm’s old milking shed and ii) the Renosterveld Research and Visitor Centre for those on a budget. Within this unique vegetation type and surrounding farmlands, several rares and endemics can be seen, including Black Harrier (which also breeds on the reserve), Secretarybird, Denham’s Bustard, Cape Vulture, Karoo and Southern Black Korhaans, Agulhas Long-billed Lark and Blue Crane.
THE HIDEAWAY GUEST HOUSEAddress:
10 Hermanus Steyn Street, Swellendam 6740. GPS Co-Ordinates 34° 01'160”S 20° 27'017”E
Telephone:+27 (0)28 514 3316
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)76 325 8656
Fax No.:+27 (0)86 645 9735
A Pin-tailed Whydah bullies other birds while sunbirds sip nectar from the roses and strelitsias by a stream of clear water and a Lanner Falcon watches nearby. At the Hideaway in Swellendam, this is normal, just relax, unwind and enjoy. It also serves as a perfect base from which to visit top bird-watching destinations in the region such as the Bontebok National Park, Grootvadersbosch and Marloth Nature Reserves, Tradouw Pass and many more.