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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

BARTHOLOMEUS KLIP, HERMON

Telephone: +27 (0)22 448 1087
Website: http://www.bartholomeusklip.com/


Bartholomeus Klip is a small hotel situated on a large wheat and sheep farm in the Riebeek Valley. It has a well-known 4 000 hectare nature reserve which conserves two rare types of fynbos and renosterveld, both lowland and mountain, thus making it an important habitat for birds as well as herds of buck such as eland, springbok and bontebok. There is an extensive seasonal wetland in the rese... Learn more

DUINEPOS SELF-CATERING CHALETS, WEST COAST NATIONAL PARK

Telephone: +27 (0)22 707 9900
Website: www.duinepos.co.za


Duinepos Chalets is a retreat for bird and nature lovers. The charming chalets are situated inside the West Coast National Park, located 17 km from the Langebaan town centre. The camp is based inland amongst the natural bush and is secluded and quiet. This is why birders from all over come here for the Duinepos-experience.

The 11 bush-chic, self-catering chalets all sleep 4 to 6 peop... Learn more

EAGLES NEST IN LAMBERTSBAAI, CAPE WEST COAST

Website: www.westcoasteaglesnest.co.za/eagles-nest-accommodation/


Lambert's Bay is a small fishing town some 280 kilometres north of Cape Town and is often referred to as 'the Diamond of the West Coast' due to its white beaches, prolific birdlife and crayfish. It is a paradise for bird-watchers and seafood lovers alike and also represents an ideal stop-over point for birders travelling between Cape Town and Namibia or the Kgalagadi Transfrontie... Learn more

COLTS VILLA APARTMENTS, MILNERTON, CAPE TOWN

Telephone: +27 (0)73 147 6892
Website: www.wheretostay.co.za/coltsvillaapartments-self-catering-milnerton


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, the Tuscan Villa overlooks a thoroughbred racehorse training facility and enjoys picture-perfect views of Table Mountain from virtually e... Learn more

MOUNT CEDER, CEDERBERG GUEST COTTAGES

Telephone: +27 (0) 23 317 0848
Website: www.mountceder.co.za

LATEST NEWS SNIPPET:

Jaen-Marié Marais of Mount Ceder recently photographed Cinnamon-breasted Warblers on the farm


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. The valley is surrounded by rugged and arrestingly dramatic mountains, with majestic views and amazing spring flowers, particularly during August ... 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

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

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

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

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

RIETFONTEIN GUEST FARM, LADISMITH DISTRICT, KLEIN KAROO

Telephone: +27 28 551 2128
Website: www.rietfontein.co.za

LATEST NEWS SNIPPET:

BirdLife Overberg members are currently putting together a long-weekend visit to Rietfontein (probably during May 2018).


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 tranquility of ... Learn more

GOURIKWA RESERVE BETWEEN STILL BAY AND GOURITZ

Website: www.gourikwa.co.za

LATEST NEWS SNIPPET:

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


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 un... Learn more

PENHILL GUEST FARM, NUY VALLEY

Telephone: +27 (0) 23 342 0908
Website: www.penhill.co.za


Penhill Toontjiesrivier is a very special guest farm in the Nuy Valley midway between Worcester and Robertson in the foothills of the Langeberg mountains. It is a self-catering establishment that features five cottages sleeping a total of 24 people. The Manor House has four bedrooms that sleep eight people, and each of the other cottages sleep four people. The units allow magnificent views o... 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

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