GYS SE HUIS ON ROCKLANDS FARM, KOUE BOKKEVELDAddress:
Rocklands Farm, Koue Bokkeveld. Along the R303 between Ceres and Op-die-Berg. (S 33°05.699' E 019°19.680').
Telephone:+27 (0)23 3170830
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)76290 7115
Rocklands Farm is a working farm and the historic homestead offers excellent accommodation. The well-wooded garden is a birder's delight and sections of the farm are dominated by mature mountain fynbos, where birding is superb. Visit ROCKLANDS DAM where profuse numbers of waterbirds are frequently present. Gys se Huis serves as a convenient base from which to investigate the Droëhoek Road, the Swartruggens Plateau and the Tankwa-Karoo National Park.
FYNBOS ESTATE, Joubertskloof, Paardeberg, Malmesbury districtAddress:
Joubertskloof, Paardeberg, Malmesbury. GPS Co-Ordinates: -33.558180, 18.784753
Telephone:+27 (0)22 487 11 53
Fax No.:+27 (0) 86 611 5125
Set in a beautiful and tranquil kloof of the Paardeberg, Fynbos Estate is a wine farm and mountain nature reserve just an hour from Cape Town. With beautiful old buildings, lovely gardens, various walks and spectacular views, Fynbos Estate has come to be a favourite amongst local and overseas guests with a love of nature and countryside, comfortable yet simple accommodation, and fine quality food and wine. And not only does it have itself a lively population of birds, but is situated a stone’s throw away from all the best-known Cape West Coast, Swartland and Cape Winelands birding routes. The Paardeberg is well known for its Black Harriers, European Bee-eaters and Verreaux's Eagles.
MOUNT CEDER – CEDERBERG GUEST COTTAGESAddress:
Mount Ceder, P.O. Box 81, Koue Bokkeveld 6836 GPS: 32° 38'58"S 19° 24'31"E
Telephone:+27 (0) 23 3170848
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0) 23 004 0848
Fax No.:+27 (0) 86 5809343
Mount Ceder is found on the main route through the Cederberg Mountain range and represents a perfect weekend and holiday destination. It offers visitors a host of exciting accommodation options and a diversity of outdoor activities to choose from. Most importantly Mount Ceder is any bird-watcher's delight. The vegetation is dominated by Karoo scrub, even though agricultural lands and the rugged mountain scenery with lots of water host a great diversity of bird species – well over 100 species have been recorded. This is one of the closest regions to Cape Town where arid Karoo species may be found. Mount Ceder further serves as a perfect base from which to explore the birding delights of the Cederberg Wilderness, the Swartruggens road (with the Katbakkies picnic site) and of course the Tankwa Karoo.
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.
RIETFONTEIN GUEST FARM, LADISMITH DISTRICT, KLEIN KAROOAddress:
Self catering cottages nestled against the Touwsberg Mountains, midway between Barrydale and Ladismith, just off Route 62. GPS: 33Â°35'08.9" S 21Â°00'16.4" E
Telephone:+27 28 551 2128
Cell/Mobile:+27 76 527 1155
Rietfontein Self Catering Accommodation in the Ladismith district in the Klein Karoo hosts 5 fully furnished, self catering cottages nestled against the Touwsberg Mountains. This is midway between Barrydale and Ladismith, just off Route 62 and represents an ideal stop-over for bird-watchers not wanting to travel between Cape Town and the Garden Route along the N2 highway. The outstanding feature of birding at Rietfontein is that the diverse habitats host species associated with the arid west, as well as species normally associated with the Garden Route. Bird Atlas records confirm a brilliant mix of these birds making this destination a bird-watching paradise.
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.
PLATBOS FOREST, GANSBAAI DISTRICTAddress:
Uilenkraals Valley, Gansbaai district: Directions can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
KAROO VIEW COTTAGES * * * *Address:
Karoo View Cottages, Magrieta Prinsloo Road, Prince Albert, Central Karoo
GPS: 33Â° 13' 0860â€ťS 22Â° 01' 2609â€ťE
Telephone:+27 (0) 23 541 1929
We would like to welcome you to our luxurious self-catering accommodation with B & B health supplies, married with all your “home from home" comforts of air-conditioners, log fireplaces, plunge pools, braai areas, safe off street parking, daily servicing, overlooking village of Prince Albert 350m away & adjacent to the Robert Gordon Koppie, with magnificent views of the Swartberg. Bird-watching here is simply exceptional and the Swartberg Pass is in close proximity - Karoo birding at its best. Are you dreaming of wide open vistas with spectacular views, birding, nature, peace, tranquility, sun rises, sun sets & clear starry nights? If so Julie & Richard would like to invite you to share & experience their true Karoo haven, Karoo View Cottages in the heart of the Karoo. “The Name says it all”
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.
COLTS VILLA APARTMENTS, MILNERTON, CAPE TOWNAddress:
17 COLTS, STABLEYARD, ROYAL ASCOT, MILNERTON, CAPE TOWN 33° 51' 23.2”S 18° 30' 46.8”E
Telephone:+27 (0)83 460 3881
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)73 147 6892
Colts Villa Apartments offer luxury,4 star graded self-catering apartments in Milnerton in close proximity to many of the top bird-watching destinations in Cape Town. It is situated in a secure estate on the edge of a protected "fynbos" reserve. This Tuscan Villa overlooks a thoroughbred racehorse training facility and enjoys picture-perfect views of Table Mountain from virtually every room. The indigenous garden adds further quality as it is linked to a fynbos reserve.
BEACH HOUSE ON-THE-DUNES, SHELLEY POINTAddress:
No 4, 11th Street, Shelley Point Coastal Golf Estate, St Helena Bay
Contact Mrs K Stone, the owner in the area that is a Whalespot sponsor
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)82 968 4220
This self-catering holiday home can accommodate 4, 7 or 13 guests and is situated on the beautiful Shelley Point Golf Estate. It borders on a green belt overlooking Brittannia Bay and offers spectacular ocean views with magnificent sun and moonsets. Enjoy bird-watching in the indigenous garden, with 8 bird baths and 4 bird feeders. It is in close proximity to top Cape West Coast birding destinations such as the Rocherpan Nature Reserve, Velddrif and the Bergriver Estuary and the West Coast National Park.
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
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.
REDFORD HOUSE, THE CRAGS, PLETTENBERG BAYAddress:
The Redford Conservancy, The Crags, Plettenberg Bay district
Telephone:+27 (0) 44 534 8877
Redford House forms part of the Redford Conservancy. A large lake, ponds and streams on the estate attract a variety of waterbirds and several hiking trails allow access to a diversity of bird species. The immediate area should be investigated as it features farmlands, fynbos and indigenous forests that host a diversity of often endemic bird species. Redford House is further an ideal base from which to explore the region’s top birding destinations.
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.
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.
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.
RHODENE FARM COTTAGES, CERES DISTRICTAddress:
Rhodene Farm, Cascade Divisional Road, Prince Alfred’s Hamlet, 9km’s from Ceres, Western Cape
Telephone:+27 (0)23 313 3607
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)83 270 3086
Fax No.:+27 (0)86 502 3464
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, TV with DSTV, fully equipped kitchen, braai facilities & outside verandah, bedding & towels. Birding can be done from your cottage, around the orchards, at the farm dam and in the mountain.You can also relax at your cottage or do hiking, biking, bass fishing, walking, star gazing and swimming on the farm.