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MOUNTAIN VIEW LODGE AND COTTAGE, SWELLENDAM

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The Cottage and The Lodge are cosy, thatched, self-catering accommodation units which are set in our large indigenous garden. Mountain View features safe off road parking. From our elevated position on the crest of the hill, all units overlook the well-wooded, historic Swellendam, nestling against the backdrop of the majestic Langeberg mountain range. 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 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, the Tradouw Pass and the Overberg Wheatbelt. These reserves host a diversity of habitats and allow the visiting birder to see a great variety of birds. Some of the sought-after endemic species associated with fynbos habitats such as CAPE SISKIN, CAPE SUGARBIRD, ORANGE-BREASTED SUNBIRD and VICTORIN'S WARBLER can be found in the region. The various reserves feature unique birding experiences and only a few are highlighted briefly. The Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve is the largest Afro-Montane forest close to Cape Town and hosts sought-after forest species such as FOREST CANARY, AFRICAN CROWNED EAGLE, RED-NECKED SPURFOWL, YELLOW-FRONTED WOODLAND-WARBLER and even NARINA TROGON. The Bontebok National Park and the surrounding gravel roads along the Overberg Wheatbelt feature BLUE CRANE, SOUTHERN BLACK KORHAAN, CAPE CLAPPER LARK and the range-restricted AGULHAS LONG-BILLED LARK. De Hoop Nature Reserve is world-reknowned for its breeding colony of CAPE VULTURES. Add to this that most of the waterbirds to be found in the region are available along the beautiful Breed River and it becomes evident that the Swellendam region is a birding destination of note. Mountain View serves as an ideal base from which to explore the birds of the region and further offers excellent garden birding. Further details of birding opportunities in the region are available on www.westerncapebirding.co.za

Mountain View is further within easy walking distance of a selection of restaurants and coffee shops, the Drostdy Museum, Groote Kerk, Sulina Fairie Sanctuary, Art Galleries, and pottery studios. Other eco-tourism activities in the region include flights from the Swellengrebel Airfield to view whales in season, Buffeljagsriver Dam with its sunset cruises & watersport, the magnificent Tradouws Pass and the only hand drawn pont left in the country at Malgas.

Mountain View offer excellent facilities. The cottage is completely self contained having a fully equipped kitchen, lounge/dining room with fireplace, a main bedroom with bay windows and mountain views and a second bedroom with two single beds. The veranda overlooks the garden, outdoor barbeque facilities with table & benches, under a gazebo/lapa, next to the water feature with fish pond.

The Lodge is a uniquely styled building under thatch. It consists of four suites, each with its own private deck. All suites are open planned. One suite has twin beds, two have three single beds and the other has a double bed. Each suite has two easy chairs, TV, and a fully equipped kitchenette. There is a barbeque area, with tables and benches under cover. Towels & linen are supplied throughout.

Further detail on the facilities are available at www.mountainviewswellendam.co.za