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
WHITE BRIDGE FARMAddress:
White bridge farm, WOLSELEY / CERES
Telephone:++27 (23) 2310 705
Cell/Mobile:++27 (82) 578 7881
White Bridge farm has a variety of self-catering accommodation along the upper reaches of the Breede River, rich in birdlife. Visitors have easy access to the Kleitjieskraal wetlands, the sewerage works and various private dams on farms. There are diverse habitats in our area, eg riverine, mountain and arid regions.
RAPTOR RISE, TULBAGH DISTRICTAddress:
Raptor Rise Farm, Tulbagh 6820, Western Cape, South Africa
Telephone:+27 (0)72 555 3782
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)78 599 8191
Fax No.:+27 (0)86 689 2540
RAPTOR RISE SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION (33° 15'33”S 19° 06'47”E) is situated along the Twee Jongegezellen Road. Most of the garden birds, species associated with mountain slopes, as well as BLUE CRANE, BLACK HARRIER and SECRETARYBIRD are regularly on view. An ideal base from which to explore the multitude of excellent birding and other tourism delights that Tulbagh and the valley has to offer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Klondyke Cherry FarmAddress:
The Bo-Swaarmoed farming area along the Swaarmoed Pass, Ceres district
Telephone:+27 (0)87 550 0232
Cell/Mobile:+27 (0)78 456 0400
Klondyke Farm is a working fruit farm with apples, pears, and cherries. We are 1 ¾ hours drive from Cape Town, 30 km the other side of Ceres off the R46. We are situated at 1200 metres above sea level so summers are cooler than Ceres town, and the winters are crisp. We offer three self-catering cottages: Duckpond Cottage, Cherry Cottage and Farmhouse as well as a campsite. Birding opportunities are excellent in close proximity to the Tankwa Karoo and other underrated destination in the Ceres district.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KAROO VIEW COTTAGES * * * *Address:
Karoo View Cottages, Magrieta Prinsloo Road, Prince Albert, Central Karoo
GPS: 33Ā° 13' 0860ā€¯S 22Ā° 01' 2609ā€¯E
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”