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RHODENE FARM COTTAGES, CERES DISTRICT

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  • 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

    - 2016-08-17
  • Twenty four members of the Tygerberg Bird Club will use Rhodene Farm Cottages as base to explore the brilliant birding available in the Witzenberg region - this will happen between 29 and 31 July 2016

    - 2016-04-20
  • An ideal stop-over from where the birding delights of the Witzenberg region may be explored

    - 2015-10-10
      


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, TV with DSTV, fully equipped kitchens, braai facilities & outside verandah, bedding & towels. You can relax at your cottages where activities include hiking, mountain biking, bass fishing, star gazing and swimming on the farm.

Our property features a variety of habitat types hosting a diverse selection of bird species. Birding at the cottages and in the orchards produces species such as BAR-THROATED APALIS, CAPE BATIS, SOUTHERN BOUBOU, LONG-BILLED CROMBEC, AFRICAN DUSKY FLYCATCHER, AFRICAN OLIVE-PIGEON, GREATER and SOUTHERN DOUBLE-COLLARED SUNBIRDS and CARDINAL WOODPECKER. The AFRICAN PARADISE-FLYCATCHER is common in summer. The farm dam host AFRICAN DARTER, LITTLE EGRET, HAMERKOP, GREY and PURPLE HERONS, GIANT KINGFISHER, COMMON MOORHEN and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. Hikes in the mountain often give sightings of birds such as VERREAUX'S EAGLE, CAPE ROCK-JUMPER, SENTINEL ROCK-THRUSH, the occasional PROTEA SEEDEATER and VICTORIN'S WARBLER. Also look for CAPE BUNTING, FAMILIAR CHAT, BOOTED EAGLE, CAPE ROCK-THRUSH and even the GROUND WOODPECKER. Other exciting species found regularly include SPOTTED EAGLE-OWL, AFRICAN HARRIER-HAWK, ROCK KESTREL, BROWN-HOODED KINGFISHER, BARN OWL and CAPE SPURFOWL.

The Ceres region can be described as being at the crossroads of a true Western Cape birding wonderland. Several circle routes have recently been described on www.westerncapebirding.co.za and any of these can be very productive. Consider a day trip past Tweeling Dam, the Theronsberg Pass, Karoopoort, the Tankwa Karoo and return along the Swartruggens Road and the Gydo Pass. Shorter circle routes are along the Bo-Swaarmoed Pass and the Droëhoek Road. The immediate surroundings feature top birding destinations such as the Ceres Golf Course, Michell's and Gydo Passes. The region hosts many sought-after species that are endemic or near-endemic to southern Africa and Rhodene Farm Cottages can be used as an ideal base to explore the birding delights of surrounding areas.