Barrydale

Akkerboom Country Cottages nestled along a stream between the Langeberg Mountains and the Little Karoo on a working fruit farm. The farm lies 38km from the town of Montagu at the top of the Op de Tradouw pass between Montagu and Barrydale on Route 62 and offers stunning views of the Langeberg. The cottages offer an ideal family holiday venue two and a half hours from Cape Town.

Akkerboom Country Cottages comprises of three self-catering cottages, each decorated in a Cape Cottage style, with en-suite bedrooms, an indoor fireplace and a private braai area. The Cottages have stunning views down the Tradouw Valley and onto the orchards and mountains.

Akkerboom provides an ideal base from which to explore the attractions of the Little Karoo or simply the opportunity to relax and enjoy the silence. On the farm you will all so find Akkerboom Trading Post, a restaurant/farm stall where you can enjoy breakfast or a lovely lunch and discover a wide range of quality curios and local products, art and fresh farm products.

Birding:
There is a walking trail from the cottages to the dam and wetlands, and also hiking trails throughout the farm. Guests can also visit the Langeberg Mountains which is one of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in the Western Cape. Some of the threatened bird species that can be observed are Blue Crane, Denham’s Bustard, Martial Eagle, Black Harrier, Hottentot Buttonquail, Knysna Woodpecker, Knysna Warbler Karoo Korhaan, Cape Rockjumper, Striped Flufftail, Cape Spurfowl, Cape Sugarbird, Swee Waxbill and Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler. For more information see here.

Contact Details

Thelanie Theron

Address: Bo Vlakte, Barrydale (R62 between Montagu and Barrydale)
Telephone: +27 (0)28 050 0145
Email: akkerboom@tradouw.co.za
Web: http://www.akkerboomcountrycottages.co.za/
GPS: S 33 55 35.80, E 20 28 45.04

Caledon

Tucked away in the Overberg Mountains outside Caledon, Black Eagle Lodge and Villa offer a tranquil farm-style retreat just 90 minutes from Cape Town. Revive your soul, surrounded by nature, from the privacy of these beautiful self-catering mountain lodges, spaced nearly a kilometre apart. Awake to the call of the sugarbird and unwind on an expansive verandah, overlooking a spring-water dam and rolling wheat fields. Take the edge off hot summer days in pools of cool spring water and warm up winter nights beside a blazing log fire. Count the stars with the kids and teach them to fly-fish, collect frogs or spot a black eagle.

Offering respite from busy schedules, Black Eagle Lodge and Villa are ideally suited to a holiday of total relaxation, whether it’s reading a bestseller or pedalling the road. Reconnect with family and loved ones as you take in the beauty of nature and explore the activities of this working farm. Overlooking a dam (lake), our 4 star-rated self-catering Villa is the ideal base from which to explore the area’s prolific birdlife and mountainous surrounds, or to simply wile away an afternoon savouring the views. The Villa accommodates up to six guests in three double bedrooms, each with en suite bathroom.

Our 3 star-rated self-catering stone Lodge accommodates up to six people, with a loft above the fireplace offering an inviting sleeping area for two extra children. This cosy Lodge overlooks a spring-fed dam and is half a kilometre away from the new Villa, ensuring complete privacy. Being eco-friendly, there is no electricity, however solar-powered lighting and plenty of candles are offered.

Totally secluded from the world yet positioned centrally, one can comfortably explore the surrounding areas of the Western Capes’ Overberg – from Gansbaai and Hermanus to Greyton. Savour the wines of the highly rated Hemel–en–Aarde and Botriver region or float in the famous natural hot springs in Caledon, a mere 20 minutes away. The choices are endless, as are the spectacular views.

Activities:

Contact Details

Lucy Delport

Address: Kempsrivier Farm, Caledon, Western Cape
Tel: +27 (0)28 212 2113
Mobile: +27 (0)82 853 7838
Fax: 086 509 1696
Email: info@blackeaglelodges.co.za
Web: www.blackeaglelodges.co.za

Calitzdorp

The Retreat is a Victorian farmhouse set in 560ha of the beautiful Groenfontein Valley Conservancy, bordering on the 129 000ha Swartberg Nature Reserve. The house, filled with yellow-wood and mellow Oregon pine, has a lounge and dining room – each with its own ceramic fireplace to keep them cosy on chilly winter evenings – leading onto a wide verandah, overlooking the sweeping gardens and majestic Swartberg mountains. The Retreat is ideally situated for day trips to the Swartberg Pass, Meiringspoort, Seweweekspoort, Montagu Pass, the coast and more.
Calitzdorp (and The Retreat), is situated more or less in the middle (from east to west), of a new conservation area that was officially established in the Little Karoo in 2011. The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR), covers an area from the Swartberg mountains in the north, to the Indian Ocean in the south; and from Uniondale in the east, to Montagu in the west. It aims to co-ordinate the protection of three international, biodiversity hotspots that overlap in this region, that form part of the Cape Floristic Kingdom.

There are two suites and two garden rooms away from the house with breathtaking views of the mountains from their private terraces, and 4 comfortable en-suite bedrooms in the main house, with French doors opening onto a patio.

Enjoy energetic hill walks or mountain biking in the clear air – or lazy summer afternoons cooling off in the shady, secluded rock pools that sparkle like jewels along the length of the tree-fringed river – or simply stroll along the peaceful, winding lanes of the Groenfontein Valley.

Contact Details

Grant and Marie

Telephone: +27 44 213 3880
Telephone: +27 44 213 3168
WhatsApp: +27 73 026 8529
Fax: +27 44 86 271 5373

Email: info@groenfontein.com
Website: www.groenfontein.com

Darling

Darling is your hub on South Africa’s West Coast
Bird hides, rolling hills, vineyards, wheat fields, dairy pastures, flower reserves, lagoons and long stretches of beaches – all can be found and experienced in the immediate proximity of Darling.

Hub for 5 Birding Routes and more

  • Groote Post Wine Estate & restaurant Hilda’s Kitchen with hide
  • Burgherspost & Cloof Wine Estate with nature walk trail
  • Lagoon West Coast National Park with trails and hides
  • !Khwa ttu – San Education and Culture Centre with hide, herb garden and trails
  • Coastal area of Yzerfontein with trails

See all route maps and a birding checklist here.

After birding? Things to do in Darling

  • Pieter-Dirk Uys show at Evita se Perron Theatre, Museum & Shop
  • Darling Museum, Darling Art Gallery
  • Wine Shop & Wine Estates
  • Darling Brew Tab Bar
  • Restaurants & Cafes
  • Events through out the year

Darling Lodge Guest House
The charming guesthouse is birder friendly and offers a harmonious blend of old and new reflecting the romantic name of the little town. The lush garden with its ancient pepper an palm trees, fountain spraying water over blossoming roses, aloes, bougainvillea and mass of lavender with its heady fragrance invites guests to relax and unwind, be it just for one night, a weekend or for a whole week. Each room is dedicated to a local artist, whose work is on display and can be purchased.

We speak English, French, German and offer full English breakfast, secure off street parking, a swimming pool, free WiFi internet access, a cosy TV lounge (DSTV) with honesty bar, a relaxing library and individual concierge services.

Contact Details

Oliver Studer & Stephan Moser

Email info@darlinglodge.co.za
Phone +27 (0)22 492 3062
www.darlinglodge.co.za
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Physical address
22 Pastorie Street
Darling 7345, Western Cape
GPS 33 deg. 22′ 44.16″ S / 18 deg. 22′ 42.73″ E

Gansbaai

Witkrans is a 35 hectare farm nestled on the eastern slopes of Witkransberg in the beautiful Flower Valley some 15 minutes from Stanford and Gansbaai. Witkrans self-catering cottage is set in pristine fynbos with at least 180 indigenous plant species including many protea’s, erica’s, iris’s and geranium. The farm is also home to a wide variety of birds including Knysna Woodpecker, Cape Sugarbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird.

There is a natural stream running along the bottom of the property which is included in a gentle, circular walking trail. Easy hiking trail on the farm as well as part of the new slackpacking hiking trail, The Fynbos Trail which our guests are welcome to walk sections of.
We also form part of the new MTB Slackpacking trail, Cycle Down South or enjoy a morning out on The Klipspringer MTB route.

The property is well located for easy access to neighbouring De Uijlenes and Murasie (wedding venues) Flower Valley (hikes and MTB trails) and Platbos (day hikes in a beautiful indigenous forest) as well as being just 15 minutes from beautiful beaches at Franskraal and Stanfords Cove in De Kelders.

Activities & Places to visit

  • Ride the Walker Bay Fynbos Conservancies Klipspringer MTB route
  • Enoy the plenty of birds that visit the cottages
  • Platbos: Forest Walks, Bird watching and beautiful indigenous trees
  • Baardskeerdersbos: Quaint Overberg Village, well renowned for local artists
  • Bread Making workshops with artist Niel Jonker
  • Horse Riding with African Horse Company
  • Boat-based Whale Watching with Dyer Island Cruises
  • Play putt-putt and have a ride down the super tube at Uilkraals Mond
  • Last Friday of the month, enjoy a fresh country market on the Stanford green
  • Drupkelder Tours at De Kelders
  • Fat Bike Tours on Walker Bay Reserve
  • Shark Cage Diving with Marine Dynamics
  • Klein Rivier Cheese
  • African Queen Cruises in Stanford
  • Long white beaches and rock pools
  • Klipgat Cave at Die Plaat Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy an outing to Elim, a quaint Moravian mission station and village
  • Enjoy a drive across the Agulhas plain to visit the southernmost tip of Africa at
  • Cape Agulhas and return via Bredasdorp where you can visit the Ship wreck museum and Kapula Candle Factory shop.

Contact Details

Michelle & Sean Privett

Physical address:
Witkrans Farm, Flower Valley, Gansbaai 7220
Tel: +27 (079) 4665748
After hours: +27 (82) 4645115
Email: admin@witkrans.com
Web: http://www.witkrans.com/

Hermanus

Arabella Hotel & Spa is just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. It is situated in the heart of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, surrounded by one of the richest plant kingdoms in the world.

Embraced by the majestic Kogelberg Mountains and bordered by the vast Bot River Lagoon, the hotel invites you to indulge in a sensory experience that will leave you with treasured memories – beautiful aromas of fresh salty sea air and fynbos; distinctive sounds of exotic birdlife and enriching sights of emblematic green mountains and sparkling waters that meet an indigo sky.

The hotel is adjacent to the Rooisands Nature Reserve, bordered by the pristine Bot River Lagoon and embraced by the rugged steep cliffs of the majestic Kogelberg Mountains.

See whales cavort in Walker Bay from the shores of Hermanus or enjoy a close encounter with these gentle ocean giants from a kayak or boat. The boat trips also bring you unequalled engagements with Great White Sharks, Dolphins and other marine life. A true escape to unforgettable experiences.

The destination offers a number of activities to guide you on your path towards complete relaxation. Explore the Overberg with its magnificent charms and treasures that await you. Be enriched by exciting quad bike rides, kayaking expeditions at sea and lazy horseback rides while golden shores and serene Botanical Gardens will leave you in awe of its unspoilt beauty. A valley of vineyards and wine and historic museums invite you to absorb the town’s legacy; magnificent hiking and mountain biking trails and captivating boat rides with the ocean’s big 5 will leave you inspired.

Discover indigenous fynbos, wild flowers and an abundance of rare birdlife on the Bot River Lagoon, or in the surrounding majestic mountains of the Kogelberg Biosphere. Take leisurely strolls through the Harold Porter Botanical Gardens or bask in the sun on the soft white sand of Kleinmond Beach. With its big waves and open waters, surfing is also a popular sport in this blue flagged strand.

Take scenic drives to uncover the many cultural and heritage treasures the region has to offer. The meandering mountain pass along the coast leads you to unspoilt beaches and penguin colonies. Narrow roads covered by shady trees will take you to quaint towns with old-world charm. The way to Hermanus is lined with markets, museums and arts and crafts shops, as well as the Hemel & Aarde Valley where you can absorb the culture of the Overberg.

Contact Details

Physical address: Arabella Country Estate, R44 Kleinmond, Hermanus
Tel: +27 (0)28 284 0000
Fax: +27 (0)28 284 0003
E-mail: reservations@arabellahotelandspa.com
Web: http://www.africanpridehotels.com

Hermon

Bartholomeus Klip is an exclusive destination in the Cape Winelands, located on a working farm and game reserve in the Riebeek Valley. Discerning travellers will appreciate the peace and quiet in the exclusive five-bedroomed farmhouse, while families with children can enjoy privacy in the Wild Olive House & Cottage.

The reserve, which was established in the 1970s, has abundant herds of eland, springbuck, black wildebeest, zebra and bontebok, as well as other animals, such as baboons, bat-eared foxes, lynxes, and smaller species of antelope. Several different leopard individuals have been photographed in the reserve by trail cameras, usually at night time.

Apart from Ostrich, the Verreaux’s eagle also nests in the mountains, and the enormous dam near to the farmhouse has a spectacular array of water birds, some resident like the fish eagles and the kingfishers, and others such as the pelicans and the spoonbills less regular visitors. Flamingos have also been seen in some of Bartholomeus Klip’s smaller dams and there are a host of interesting large and small birds out in the reserve and on the wheatlands, including large flocks of the blue crane, South Africa’s national bird.

Also on offer is fresh water fishing in our dam, where fish such as barbel, carp, small mouth bass and bluegill can be caught.

Apart from Ostrich, the Verreaux’s eagle also nests in the mountains, and the enormous dam near to the farmhouse has a spectacular array of water birds, some resident like the fish eagles and the kingfishers, and others such as the pelicans and the spoonbills less regular visitors. Flamingos have also been seen in some of Bartholomeus Klip’s smaller dams and there are a host of interesting large and small birds out in the reserve and on the wheatlands, including large flocks of the blue crane, South Africa’s national bird.

Also on offer is fresh water fishing in our dam, where fish such as barbel, carp, small mouth bass and bluegill can be caught.

Contact Details

Lesley Gillett

Address: Elandsberg Farms, Bo Hermon Road, Hermon
Tel: +27 (0)22 448 1087
Mobile: +27 (0)74 159 9906
Fax: 086 604 4321
Email: info@bartholomeusklip.com
Web: www.bartholomeusklip.com

Langebaan

Duinepos Chalets is a retreat for bird and nature lovers. The charming Chalets are situated inside the West Coast National Park, located 15 km from the Langebaan Lagoon and 17 km from the Langebaan town centre. The camp is based inland amongst the natural bush.

We offer 11 self-catering Chalets which sleep four to six guests in each. It is secluded and quiet making it one of few places where one can still wake up with only the sound of birds. This is why birders from all over the world migrate here for the Duinepos experience. We provide excellent value for money and our affordable rates ensure that we can share the experience with as many guests as possible, and they keep coming back.

Duinepos Chalets is the ideal place where outdoorsy families and groups can have quality time. No television and limited mobile reception will ensure that days are spent in nature and evenings are filled with conversation, board games and books. The West Coast National Park and surrounds offer much to do. Various hiking, biking and birding trails depart from the Duinepos camp. The Langebaan lagoon is also a water sport paradise.

At Duinepos we have a definite “greening”philosophy” that we implement in our operations from house-keeping to administration. While we are working towards becoming an official green destination, we do our bit to be kind to the environment.

A birder’s paradise!

The West Coast National Park is a birding spot of note and is considered as the flagship birding destination along the West Coast. The Langebaan Lagoon, a Ramsar wetland of global importance, supports an exceptional species richness. The 16 km long lagoon area of the park provide important bird habitats.

The park, which is part of the West Coast Biosphere Reserve, forms part of the Flamingo-birding route and is a important birding area.The park is best known for the large numbers of migrant waders that to be found on the mudflats during summer. It also offers exceptional terrestrial birding opportunities.

Over 250 bird species have been recorded in the park and there is a good chance that during your visit you might also spot a few rare migrant visitors. Besides the lagoon area that is a haven for birds, the park’s strandveld fynbos also supports rich birdlife.

In some years, wader numbers can increase to 50,000 in summer. These visitors are migrating from their breeding in Siberia and Greenland and live of tiny invertebrates than can be found in the nutrient rich waters of the mud banks here. The lagoon is seen as an extremely important wetland for waders in South Africa. Several bird hides (including the one at Geelbek and Abrahamskraal) have been constructed in the park.

The nearby islands of Schaapen, Jutten, Malgas and Marcus support important breeding colonies of coastal birds including African Penguin, Cape Gannet and Crowned and Bank Cormorant. During a single day of bird-watching, even novice birders will spot a significant number of species in the different habitat types of the area. Start early in the morning to ensure good birding. Make sure to pack your hat and binoculars for some world-renowned birding!

Contact Details

Janine Fortuin

Physical address: Duinepos Chalets, West Coast National Park, Langebaan
Tel: +27 (0)22 707 9900
Fax: +27 (0)22 707 9901
Mobile: +27 (0)83 704 7067
E-mail: info@duinepos.co.za
Web: http://www.duinepos.co.za/

Noordhoek

Woodlands Sea Ranch is a small holding in Noordhoek which offers multiple options for guests’ budget and comfort. We have a farm-yard ambiance and the seasonal vegetable garden is 100% organic and guests are welcome to help themselves to our organic seasonal fare when available.

We’re on the famous Chapmans Peak Drive, on the Noordhoek side where road becomes Noordhoek Main Road which is a stunning, busy tourist route en-route to Simonstown and Cape Point. It is however very quiet at night once all are back in to roost.

Accommodation

Guinea Fowl Cottage is one of the options of houses offered on Woodlands Sea Ranch.
There are two bedrooms downstairs with a queen in one and beautiful double brass bed in the other. In the loft area above the rooms, are 2 bedrooms each with their own staircase and each with 2 singles and a little door connecting the loft rooms. There is also a large fireplace on both sides of the house, electric blankets on the beds and a gas heater for winter stays.

Old World finishes with brass and lots of character. There are 2 bathrooms with one of the bathrooms hosting a beautiful small style antique Victorian bath tub on legs and brass hand shower unit. The other has a second toilet and hand basin with huge open walk in style shower. There is also a second antique fridge (supplied with honesty drinks) plus bigger dining table for seated meals/working space and free Wi-Fi.

The house is comfortable for a family and is fully self-contained, perfect for the larger family group. We have 2 cots plus bedding available on request. There is a peaceful private garden barbecue area with stunning mountain views, a swing for the kids and superb sun downer evenings in front area with ample garden to enjoy. Farm style ambiance with chickens and wild birds resident in the trees.

The cottage is perfect for private family vacation of longer stays and with easy lock up and go to explore the beauty of the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town.

Birds on site we have seen on the small holding include:
Cape Canary, Cape Bunting, Swee Waxbill, Common Waxbill, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Southern Fiscal, Red-wingend Starling, Cape Grassbird, Karoo Prinia, Cape Robin-chat, Cape Bulbul, Pied Kingfisher, Spotted Eagle Owl, Western Barn Owl, Cape Turtle Dove, African Harrier-Hawk, African Fish Eagle, Egyptian Geese, Glossy Ibis, Western Cattle Egret, Cape Weaver, Pin-tailed Whydah, Cape White Eye.

Birding hotspots that can be visited from Noordhoek

  • Silvermine Nature Reserve
  • Noordhoek wetlands
  • Chapmans Peak walks and hikes
  • Simonstown for pelagic trips
  • Cape Point
  • Kommetjie wetlands
  • Hout Bay
  • Strandfontein
  • Constantia

Contact Details

Michele & Donald Bower

Physical address
Woodlands Sea Ranch, Noordhoek Road, Noordhoek
Tel: +27 (0)83 7116694 / +27 (0)83 4874340
Email: micheleb@axxess.co.za

Plettenberg Bay

Ideally situated between the coastal towns of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay in the Western Cape, Hunters Country House is a wonderful location from which to explore the beauty of the celebrated Garden Route, or just to spend time relaxing at the peaceful lodge. Hunters Country House combines gracious elegance with sheer comfort and impeccable service with warm hospitality. Far from the madding crowd, yet conveniently close to a wide variety of leisure activities.

The hotel opened in 1989 with ten garden suite cottages. Today Hunters Country House has 21 suites, some with private pools, a 5-star rating, has been South Africa’s Hotel of the Year and is a member of the prestigious Relais and Chateaux Association. It is internationally acclaimed for its service excellence, superb cuisine and beautiful gardens. The individual thatched cottage suites are plush and peaceful, decorated in a pale green and oyster palette, accented with a romantic sparkle of crystal trimmed canopies and dainty chandeliers. A privately positioned patio and garden makes for tranquil relaxation, reflection and reconnecting.

Birding at Hunters Country House is prolific and we actively preserve their existence. Birds that occur at the estate include the Chorister Robin-chat Lemon and Red-eyed Dove, Olive Thrush, Terrestrial Brownbul and Dusky Flycatchers. In the forested areas look out for Knysna Turaco, Emerald Cuckoo, Knysna and Olive Woodpecker, Narina Trogon, Sharp-billed Honeyguide, Grey Cuckooshrike, Knysna Warbler, Yellow-throated Woodland Warbler, White-starred Robin, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher and Cape Batis, although some of these species are elusive.

The Tsitsikamma Forest also hosts the African Crowned Eagle and African Wood Owl, plus some of the accipiters such as African Goshawk and Black Sparrowhawk. In the mountains one should look for Cape Canary, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Black Saw-wing and Ground Woodpecker. Also present, though difficult to spot, are the Protea Canary, Victorin’s Warbler, Striped Flufftail and Cape Siskin.

Contact Details

Adele Behr

Address: Hunter’s Estate, Off N2 10km West of Plettenberg Bay
Tel: +27 (0) 44 501 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 44 501 1100
Email: res@hunterhotels.com
Web: http://countryhouse.hunterhotels.com/home
GPS Coordinates:
34˚ 03′ 07.44″ S 23˚ 16′ 13.95″ E

Set on almost 11 hectares of garden and forest our delightful 3 Star Graded owner managed property welcomes guests seeking a restful and tranquil getaway where often the only accompaniment is the song of the birds and a gently whispering breeze …

We are just a 980 metre drive from the N2 at Harkerville 10 minutes from Plettenberg Bay and 15 minutes from Knysna conveniently located for the Plett Birding Routes and other birding hotspots along the Garden Route. Appropriately named, “Masescha” means hidden or masked, as we are tucked into a valley free of road noise. We offer affordable accommodation in the privacy of your own fully equipped cosy cottage or garden room nestled in established open gardens, each having their own individual character, patios and brick built braai (barbecue) facilities and well separated to enjoy different aspects of the garden. Free Wi-fi is available on site and guests welcome to enjoy the swimming pool.

We provide clean, well-equipped properties fully supplied with all the conveniences of home. All linen, showering towels, toiletries provided with blankets, heaters and hot water bottles so you can cosy up even in the winter months. Most units set up for self-catering but meals can be added as an optional extra on request subject to availability. Breakfast is particularly enjoyable served out on the deck with the sunbirds experiencing the real atmosphere of the property taking in an elevated vista over the garden at treetop level.

A majestic forest backdrop frames the scene for outdoor enthusiasts, birdwatchers and nature lovers alike to take a walk around the garden and dams and enjoy the company of the birds and other wildlife visitors, so don’t forget your binoculars!

From little Cape White Eye and Cape Batis, an array of Sunbirds, larger visitors like the Giant Kingfisher and Long-crested Eagle or our resident Knysna Loeries and many more birds in between…

We look forward to sharing Masescha with you. See our website for availability.

Contact Details

Ray and Angie Bennett

Address: Masescha Country Estate
980m from the N2 turnoff at the Saturday Market
Harkerville (Midway between Plettenberg Bay and Knysna)

Telephone: +27(0) 44 532 7647
Cell: +27(0) 79 568 2895
+27(0) 72 840 1348

Website: www.masescha.co.za
Email: mwmasescha@mweb.co.za

GPS: -34.029567 23.241036

Robertson

Secluded without being remote, Doornkloof Private Nature Reserve is halfway between Worcester and Robertson – an ideal two hours’ drive from Cape Town – but feels like you’ve entered another world. The dirt road leading to the Bush House is more suitable for vehicles with higher ground clearance like an SUV or bakkie, but four-wheel drive is not necessary.

Bush House offers two bedrooms – one with extra-length king size bed and en-suite shower and the other with twin/king option and fireplace. The house is let as a unit, i.e. if the booking is for only two people sharing, the other bedroom remains unoccupied.
Modern guesthouse with limited cell phone reception and no Internet. Wi-Fi and VoIP-phone available at owner’s cottage if you really need it.

The 500-hectare reserve is home to bountiful birdlife, small game, leopard, bush pigs, a migrant troop of baboons, and only four human residences. Owing to it being a wilderness environment pets are not allowed and caution is advised with small children.
Doornkloof sports one medium hiking trail with another, longer trail under construction. You are welcome to take an easy walk along the farm road and mountain bike trails are close by.

Explore the excitement of the Breede River Wine Valley on your doorstep by day. At night, discover just how many stars there are in the sky. Once you have felt the energy of this unique place you will feel compelled to return. We are ready to welcome you.

A birdlist is available and some of the birds that can be observed are Verreaux’s Eagle, Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk, Spotted Eagle Owl, Cape and Pririt Batis, Fairy Flycatcher, Southern Double-collared and Malachite Sunbirds, Brimstone, Yellow, Whitethroated and Streakyheaded, Cape Rock Thrush, Fiery-necked Nightjar, Tambourine Dove and Blue Crane.

Birding hotspots in the area

  • Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
  • Dassieshoek Nature Reserve
  • Van Loveren Wine Estate

Contact Details

Hanneré Jooste

Physical address
Doornkloof Private Nature Reserve, Agter-Vinkerivier, Robertson, 6705
Tel: 023 004 0034
Email: hannere@icloud.com
Web: www.doornkloofnature.co.za

Sedgefield

The Studio @ Mount View Lodge is an upmarket studio and designed to sit unobtrusively in a rural setting. The setting is safe and peaceful, and encourages rest and rejuvenation. It boasts beautiful views over farmland to the mountains and forests, and is only a 15 minute drive to Sedgefield and 30 minutes to Knysna.

Being close to the Garden Route Trail Park, the Seven Passes Road, the Knysna forests and numerous hiking trails, this is a perfect base for cyclists and adventurers. Groenvlei / Lake Pleasant sits at the end of our road and is well-known for its bass fishing. The Garden Route lake system and the lagoons of Sedgefield, Knysna and WIlderness offer numerous angling, boating / sailing, and bathing options.

The studio offers a spacious and sunny lounge, kitchen and dining area with gorgeous views. A King sized bed (or two singles) and a sleeper couch allows for peaceful sleep with only the sounds of nature as your companion. The studio is fully fenced with its own garden and offers pet-friendly accommodation. There are several bird feeders as well as a butterfly garden that is planted specifically with plants attractive to butterflies.

Some of the bird species that can be observed includes Long-crested Eagle, Jackal Buzzard, African Fish Eagle, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Amethyst Sunbird, Cape Weaver, African Golden Oriole, Cape Sugarbird, Knysna Turaco, and Cape Crow, to name a few.

Rondevlei in Wilderness National Park is a good birding spot especially for waterbirds which can be observed from the birdhide.

Contact Details

Barbara Mould

Physical address
The Studio @ Mount View Lodge, Elandskraal, Barrington Road, Sedgefield.
Tel: 082 921 9682,
Email: barbara@jhammer.co.za.
Website: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/22898440

Simon's Town

We are situated on the slopes of the Cape Peninsula above the historical town of Simon’s Town with its fascinating Naval Base. We offer panoramic views across beautiful False Bay and the Swartkop Nature Reserve which is home to many bird species including the Cape sugarbird, Protea Seedeater (Canary), Cape rockjumper, Cape bulbul, Cape sparrow and various species of Sunbirds.

Magellan’s Passage Guest House is just an 18 minute walk from the beach. With panoramic views of False Bay, Magellan’s Passage in Simon’s Town is an eco-friendly guesthouse featuring renewable energy supplies. It also offers a large sundeck with outdoor seating as well as a lift. The modern, air-conditioned suites all have king size beds with luxury linen and include flat-screen TV’s with DSTV (guest house bouquet of channels), free Wi-Fi, room fan, tea and coffee station, minibar, telephone, room safe and a desk. The en- suite bathrooms come with under floor heating, luxury vanity products and a bath as well as a shower.

Guests at Magellan’s Passage can make use of the sundeck, library and the dining room, where breakfast is served daily and lunches and dinners are available on request. There is also free private parking. Extra services available at a surcharge include airport transfers as well as a mobile spa service. Magellan’s Passage offers a concierge service and a 24 hour duty manager. Boulder’s Beach which is home to the African Penguin is only 1.5 km from the guest house. Chapman’s Peak is situated 17 km away and Cape Point another birding hotspot is 24 km away.

Contact Details

Darwin Phyfer

Address: 3 Meryl Road, Seaforth Sound, Simon’s Town, 7995
Tel: +27 21 7865291
Email: info@magellanspassage.com
Web: www.magellanspassage.com
GPS coordinates: -34.2003, 18.4471

Wilderness

Serpentine Manor is located just outside the quaint village of Wilderness, along the Serpentine River, bordering the Wilderness National Park. We offer 5 self-catering Suites ranging from a thatched Rondavel in the garden, to the Honeymoon Suite overlooking rows of lavender. The property is just under 2 hectares, and all Suites offer a different view. Because of our proximity to wetland and forest, it makes for quite a variety of birding.

Bird Watching

Our private gate leads to both the Pied Kingfisher Trail, and our Orchard, which features a deck to view birdlife, as well as wildlife. Some birds on our list are:

  • Black Shouldered Kite
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Cape Eagle-Owl
  • Cape Spurfowl
  • Brown-hooded Kingfisher
  • African Paradise Flycatcher
  • Knysna Turaco
  • Pin-tailed Whydah

We are also close to several bird hides and other Parks Board hiking trails, and have visitors such as a large tortoise, Rooikat, African Wild Cat, and others.

The following birds can be observed at the Wilderness National Park:

  • White-fronted Plover can be seen on the exposes mudbanks of the Touw River adjacent the Ebb and Flow Rest Camp.
  • Great Crested and Black-necked Grebe are present on Rondevlei and Bo Langvlei.
  • Wildfowl is prolific including Yellow-billed, Maccoa & White-backed Duck, Cape Shoveler, Southern Pochard and Cape, Red-billed & Hottentot Teal.
  • There is a hide at Rondevlei, from where American (Purple) Gallinule, African Rail, Black and Baillon’s Crake can be seen.
  • The Swartvlei Estuary immediately east of the Touw River lakes host Caspian Tern and Kelp Gull as well as some waders.

Contact Details

Susan Schridde

Address: Hoekwil Road bordering the Wilderness National Parks, Wilderness.
Mobile: +27 (0)76 903 0248
Email: serpentinemanor@gmail.com
Web: http://www.serpentinemanor.com/

GPS: 33° 59′ 21″ S  22° 37′ 33″ E

  • The forested hillsides that surround the area are home to several raptors, including: African Cuckoo Hawk, Crowned Eagle, Forest Buzzard, Black and Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk and African Goshawk.
  • Red-necked Spurfowl can also be viewed along quiet roads with overgrown verges.