Dwesa

Located on the unspoilt Wild Coast near Dwesa, Nqabara Eco River Lodge overlooks the beautiful Nqabara River mouth. The area is pristine, one of the few places along the Wild Coast that has not been developed.

The shoreline here is what has made the Wild Coast legendary; long white beaches edge the blue waters of the Indian Ocean as far as the eye can see. There is sea-edge life to explore as well; rock pools, extraordinary sea shells and fish in the shallow waters of every shape and size, with fishing being a major draw card.

The vast rivers are endlessly rich in entertainment with an extraordinary variety of bird-life. Take a canoe and enjoy travelling down the river, totally at peace but for the sound of an African Fish Eagle or Knysna Turaco. Spend the day angling or exploring the interesting flora on the river’s edge.

The Dwesa & Cwebe Nature Reserves flank either side of the Mbashe River and together, provide protection to 6 050ha of vast lowland coastal forest, moist coastal grassland patches, mangroves and 20 km’s of pristine coastline, with a phenomenal variety of birdlife.

The lodge is able to accommodate up to 20 guests in three cottages and the main house. Designed as a low-impact facility, Nqabara Eco River Lodge is fully off-the-grid. It harvests water from the heavens and innovative technology is used throughout the lodge to ensure that its footprint is as negligible as possible.

Contact Details

Tim Hammond

Address: Near Dwesa Nature Reserve, Eastern Cape
Tel: +27 (0) 823 209320 (Tim)
Tel: +27 (0)31 2074824 (Noleen)
E-mail: tim@nqabara.co.za or info@nqabara.co.za
Web: www.nqabara.co.za

Keiskammahoek

Cata Cultural Village is a small village situated at the foot of the Amatola Mountain range which has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) due to the endangered and range restricted birds that occur here. Recently efforts have been made to develop tourism in the village and a number of amenities exist for the tourist or day visitor. An overnight stop is recommended to fully enjoy the village and make the most of the early morning forest birding on offer.

Besides the Cape Parrot a number of forest and grassland bird species may be ticked. The Cape Parrot Walking Trails provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the forests and grasslands or opt for a heritage trail to the village toposcope and an introduction to the history of Cata village. To gain the best of your time here it is recommended that you hire one of the local guides to share their intimate knowledge of their village, wildlife and birdlife with you.

A visit to Cata can be combined with a stopover in the nearby village of Hogsback and the road from Keiskammahoek linking Hogsback via Sandile Dam is well worth the drive.

Contact Details

Museum curator: Boniswa Tontsi

Physical address: Cata Cultural Village near Keiskammahoek
Mobile: +27 (0)72 568 7926
E-mail:  catamuseum@gmail.com
Web: www.cata.org.za

Kleinemonde/Seafield

Westend House lies at the end of West River Road on the banks of the West Kleinemonde estuary. The house was built by the owner who is a keen birder. This luxurious and spacious home has large decks overlooking the estuary and is surrounded by natural vegetation and an indigenous garden. The deck and house were built around the trees and the bush was left intact wherever possible.

Guest can watch birds from the deck overlooking the West Kleinemonde estuary floodplain which often hosts hundreds of waterfowl, herons, egrets, ibis, kingfishers, spoonbills, cormorants, storks, darters, grebes, coots, terns, a variety of waders and a resident pair of African Fish Eagle.

Bird specials that can be seen from the property: Narina Trogon, Abdim’s Stork, Painted Snipe, African Marsh Harrier, Black Harrier, Greater Flamingo, Dusky Sunbird, Osprey. Regular favourites include Knysna Lourie, Water Thick-knee; Orange-breasted Bushshrike, Hamerkop, Collared Sunbird, Dusky Flycatcher, Paradise Flycatcher, Dark-backed Weaver, Green-backed Camaroptera, Green Woodhoopoe, African Hoopoe, Sombre Greenbul, Southern Boubou, Puffback.

The house consists of two units, of which the upper main unit is for rent. The main unit has 3 bedrooms (sleeps 6), 3 bathrooms, a large open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge with uninterrupted views of the river and opens on to a large deck with deckchairs and loungers. The lower level has its own entrance and a deck also overlooking the. There are 2 large twin en-suite bedrooms, one with freestanding bath and spacious walk in shower. There is also a fully equipped open plan kitchen with breakfast nook and a lounge. All rooms have large sliding doors leading on to the deck.

Birding activities in the area:

  • Birding boat trips upriver by arrangement.
  • Great Fish River mouth (~10km)
  • Closest Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA): Alexandria Coastal Belt ~50km

Contact Details

Anja Teroerde

Physical address: Westend, 16 West River Road, Kleinemonde/Seafield, Port Alfred, Eastern Cape
Cell: +27 (0)76 265 8933
Email: Anjater77@gmail.com
Web: www.wheretostay.co.za/westend

Humansdorp

Oyster Bay Lodge is located between Tsitsikamma and Port Elizabeth.  It lies within a beautiful Coastal Reserve (235 ha) and incorporates magnificent dunes, woods, river deltas, beaches, wetlands, lagoons, free roaming horses and an extensive bird life.

A variety of activities like horse riding on the beach, hiking trails on the Coastal Reserve, sand boarding, family or romantic picnics and bird-watching will give our guest the opportunity to experience the Coastal Reserve. Our private and unspoiled sandy beachfront of 3.5 km makes Oyster Bay Lodge a little paradise in the Eastern Cape.

Accommodation
This four star graded luxury lodge is situated on a natural, coastal reserve between Tsitsikamma and Port Elizabeth along the malaria free Garden Route in South Africa. Our luxury accommodation and B&B accommodation consists of luxury ‘Cape Dutch’ chalets and comfortable guestrooms with optional services and an exciting variety of activities and adventures on the property and the surrounding area. Our guests can relax at the freshwater swimming pool or enjoy a drink in the ocean viewing bar. After having viewed the sunset from our relaxing bar, our hosts will take you through to our cosy restaurant where you can enjoy excellent cuisine.

After a good night’s rest you will be woken up by sounds of the Indian Ocean and fauna of our Coastal Reserve. Enjoy a delicious and healthy a la carte breakfast before exploring the private sandy beach and hiking trails. Oyster Bay Lodge offers internet facilities and excellent mobile phone reception for the business traveller and those wanting to keep in touch with friends and family. To follow the news “at home” a satellite television is available in our lounge and ocean viewing bar for your convenience.

Contact Details

Claire Kloka and Danielle Benson

Physical address: Humansdorp Turn Off on N2, Humansdorp
Tel: +27 (0)42 297 0150
Fax: +27 (0)42 297 0150
Mobile: +27 (0)82 700 0553
E-mail: info@oysterbaylodge.com
Web: http://www.oysterbaylodge.com

Morgan Bay

Yellowwood Forest’s position offers easy access to both the beach and hidden forests of Morgan bay. Set on the bank of the Inchara River, 1.5km from the beach, this unique forest retreat offers an unconventional camping and self-catering experience for independent travellers, nature lovers and family holidays. There are a range of birder friendly accommodation options to suit all budgets.

Yellowwood has a gift shop licensed tea garden restaurant and pizzeria. Birders can find “feathered” friends from the comfort of their seat. The Brown Scrub Robin is a regular visitor seen from the thatched Lapa and the Morgan bay dam is a short walk nearby where you’ll find the African (Purple) Swamphen.

The property is surrounded by 3 broad vegetation types – a combination of Coastal and Afromontane Forest, Eastern Thorn Thicket and Coastal grassland, each from a separate Biome. The combined Forest types growing along the river and in ravines adjacent to Yellowwood offers canopy heights for a variety of bird species. From 5 to 10 meters in exposed areas and up to 20 meters in places along Yellowwood’s family friendly Bush buck trail, where birders have seen the African Finfoot and the secretive Narina Trogon.

The surrounding Subtropical thicket vegetation characterised by a mosaic of Acacia Karoo Thorn trees and coastal grassland is renowned for plants succulents and bulbs which grow nowhere else – a perfect place to look for the Red-necked Spurfowl, Denham’s Bustard or the Mocking Cliff Chat.

Yellowwood is a peaceful place surrounded by enormous trees and lush riverine vegetation. Owner run and renowned for its warm hospitality and passion for the environment, this tranquil, birdwatchers paradise will recharge body mind and spirit.

Contact Details

Sean and Robyn Röhm

Address: Yellowwood Forest, Morgan Bay
Tel: +27 (0)43 841 1598
Cell: +27 (0)84 852 2601
Fax: +27 (0)86 517 7094
Email: info@yellowwoodforest.co.za
Web: http://www.yellowwoodforest.co.za/
GPS coordinates: S 32° 41′ 48.25″ E 28° 20′ 1.18″

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Port Alfred

Come birding in the coastal bush on Port Alfred’s most historic view site! We have three charming cottages which are generously equipped, comfortable, private and include weekday servicing & laundry.

Richmond House is a 7-acre hilltop estate on the west bank of the Kowie River. It commands views of the river mouth, piers and East Beach, and has an illustrious 175-year-old history, because the property was originally owned by the Hon William Cock, 1820 settler, who in the 1840s ‘moved’ the river and built the harbour.(A Museum on site, also a concert venue, houses salvaged artefacts and the story of what was formerly ‘The Castle’.)

Enjoy our indigenous garden and bush and stunning views of the river and beach – both a quick walk away. Our Boma is a deck built among the trees affording a perfect birding base. Stroll from there around the garden where bird baths of leadwood stumps attract a variety of feathered visitors, or just relax on your cottage patio where large erythrina and fig trees ensure that the birds visit you. Check off our 65 birds (and help us add to the list!).

Our ‘specials’ include the Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Dark-backed Weaver and African Harrier-Hawk. In winter the aloes are a riot of sunbirds, owls sometimes visit on summer evenings and the Knysna Turaco is a year-round resident.

Port Alfred is on the Sunshine Coast, 90mins equidistant from East London and Port Elizabeth airports.

Birding activities in the area:

  • Birding tours (Anne Williams) and cruises upriver by arrangement
  • The Great Fish River mouth is 25km east of Port Alfred but there are other pristine estuaries east and west of it. The Kap River reserve (canoeing or walks) is another bird lovers’ favourite.
  • Closest Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA): Alexandria Coastal Belt ~40km
    There are many other activities and diversions around Port Alfred, including beaches, boating, surfing, canoeing, fishing, golf, river cruises, hiking, historic 1820 settler sites, Bathurst, Grahamstown and game lodges. The famous Woody Cape dunes, the Diaz Cross and Addo forest are also nearby.

Accommodation:

Both Fig Tree Cottage and Ship Ahoy Cottage are perfect for a couple or small family: two bedrooms each (twin and double beds). Each has one full bathroom (bath and shower) and an outside shower open to trees and stars. Kitchens have automatic dishwashers. Sandymount Cottage, closest to the Boma is a bed-sitter with bathroom and shower and covered verandah, ideal for a single guest or couple. From R775pp depending on cottage and season. Visit Websitewww.richmondhousecottages.com

Contact Details

Jessica Gordon

072 237 6604 or 046-624 8543
info@richmondhousecottages.com 

50% deposit to secure the booking. Balance payable on arrival.

Located in the malaria free Eastern Cape where the Garden Route meets the Sunshine Coast, with a temperate year round climate, Pomeroy Lodges is perfectly placed to provide easy access to the many activities and places of interest available in this beautiful area of the Eastern Cape.

The five luxury self-catering lodges at Pomeroy stand before gum trees overlooking 330 hectares of mixed veldts, bush and riverine forest. Each lodge offers spacious accommodation, sleeping up to four persons. A fully fitted kitchen and outside braai facilities provide everything required for easy living. The furnished living area opens out directly onto the stoep, for indoor or outdoor relaxation.

Pomeroy Reserve is home to a wide variety of animals including Giraffe, Zebra, Wildebeest, Kudu and Nyala with many of the species enjoying the succulent grasses near the lodges affording excellent sighting opportunities from the comfort of your lodge.

There are also many well maintained tracks and paths, making the reserve easily accessible. Spend some time relaxing by the dams or make use of the strategically placed hides to watch the game and bird life. There is no dangerous game however all wild animals should be treated with caution and respect as their behaviour can be unpredictable.

A total of 130 species have been recorded in the reserve including Crowned Eagle, Cape Weaver, Greater Double Collared Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Cape White-eye, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Black-headed Oriel, Grey-headed Bushshrike, Black-collared Barbet, Wood Hoopoe, Barn Swallow, Black Saw-wing, Yellow-billed Kite and also Cape Glossy, Black-bellied and Red-winged starlings.

Contact Details

Jessica Gordon

Judith Broom

Address: Pomeroy Lodges, South Seas, 6172, Eastern Cape
Tel: +27 (0)63 268 4549
Email: judith@pmeroylodges.com
Web: www.pomeroylodges.com
GPS Coordinates: 33°27’33” S, 27°0’23” E

Rhodes

Walkerbouts Inn – Rhodes was established more than two decades ago by the proprietor, Dave Walker. It is located on the same site as the original farmhouse on the farm “Tintern” on which the village of Rhodes was established in 1891. It is in an elevated position on the western side of Rhodes on a quiet cul-de-sac with a stunning view across the village.

Attending trade shows such as Indaba, Hooked on Fishing, the Grahamstown Festival, Getaway shows and many others on behalf of the local tourism industry, Walker was accordingly nicknamed “Walkabout” by Leon Isted, a late great friend from the farm Bidstone who is sorely missed. On establishing the venue, it was a natural conclusion that the name should be a corruption of the nickname and became “Walkerbouts Inn – Rhodes”.

A number of bird species can be seen in the Highlands and Walkerbouts is an ideal venue from which “twitchers” can venture into the mountains to seek their next “tick”. The network of roads from Rhodes places one in ideal locations to view these specialities. Orange-breasted rock-jumpers and Ground woodpeckers on the concrete pass in the Carlisleshoekspruit. Drakensberg siskins and Sickle wings on the plateau on the Naudesnek Pass route. Black Harriers on the Ben McDhui plateau. Bearded vultures in the Donkerhoek vicinity and many more species, all within an easy drive from Rhodes. A good field guide and binoculars is essential. Ask at reception for a copy of our bird list comprised of +-230 species seen in the Barkly East district down the years.

Walkerbouts was awarded a 3-star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. It has six en-suite bedrooms complete with wall-mounted panel heaters and beds fitted with electric blankets to ward off the winter chill. Four of the room’s en-suite facilities have showers and the other two have showers in the baths. Three have a double bed with a single bed and three have a double and two single beds.

The dining room and lounge are heated by a “Jetmaster” fire-place as well as an anthracite heater. The cosy pub, whose walls could tell many stories also has a wood-fired “Queen Anne” heater. Our famous pizza’s add another dimension to the cuisine and provide an alternative to the wholesome country fare served in our dining room. More specialised victuals such as vegetarian meals can be prepared by prior arrangement.

We pride ourselves on giving guests personal attention including special dietary arrangements, ensuring that they enjoy their stay with us. Well behaved pets are also welcome by prior arrangement to share the delights of the experience.

Rhodes is a historic village known for its scenic beauty, quietness and tranquillity Rhodes is located in the Eastern Cape Highlands, near the escarpment at the southernmost end of the mighty Drakensberg mountain range in the magisterial district of Barkly East. It is 1821m above sea-level and is 16km due south of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

The village is surrounded by the towns of Elliot, Maclear and Ugie below the escarpment and above the escarpment, Barkly East lies 60km by road to the west of Rhode

Contact Details

Jessica Gordon

Dave Walker

Physical address: 1 Vorster Street, Rhodes, Eastern Cape
Tel: +27 (0)45 974 9290
Fax: +27 (0)45 974 9306 or 086 750 5759
E-mail: dave@walkerbouts.co.za
Web: http://www.walkerbouts.co.za/