Dullstroom

Field and Stream lies 9 km out of Dullstroom on the Steenkampsberg Plateau in Mpumalanga. Situated in the grasslands, the farm is an ideal getaway for those wishing to enjoy the peace and quiet of a farm, whilst exploring its many treasures on foot or by mountain bike. The farm’s five streams, Witpoort River, and three waterfalls provide a host of opportunities for bird watching walks, swims and picnics. Whilst for those interested in history, the rocky hillsides can be explored for Boer War gun posts and Bushmen Paintings.

Accommodation
Field and Stream have five units to choose from, sleeping from 2 to 10 people each, the farm is ideal for couples, family getaways or group outings. High clearance vehicles are recommended, as Field and Stream is a farm and hence is accessed on a farm dirt road.

Birds
With a host of grassland bird species, bird watching is a treat whether sitting on the verandah of your accommodation unit or walking or mountain biking across the farm. A bird list is also available for the farm. Of particular note though are the following:
• A Bald Ibis colony at the waterfall below the second dam.
• A Black Eagle can be seen periodically along the river.
• A pair of Blue Cranes visits the farm annually between August and January.
• A breeding pair of Cape Eagle Owls are sometimes seen in front of the Lodge at night.
• Gurney’s Sugarbird can be seen in the Protea savanna toward the end of summer.

Activities

  • Fly fishing
  • Walking/hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Horse riding
  • Wingers Bush Bar and Field and Stream Clay Pigeon Shooting Range

A mere 10 km further down the Tonteldoos road from Field and Stream is the tiny town of Tonteldoos. It is well known locally for its cheese tasting and local pub, with good food and a great atmosphere.

Dullstroom is 9 km from Field and Stream. The town is well known for its restaurants, gift shops and pubs. There are also a number of boutiques and day spas ready to welcome and pamper.

Contact Details

Greg Williams

Tel: +27 (0)13 254 0431
Fax: 0867 509 532
Mobile: +27 (0)83 443 4567
Email: fieldandstream@mweb.co.za
Website: www.fieldandstreamsa.com

GPS Co-ordinates:
25° 24′ 39.00″ S   30° 01′ 38.00″ E

Greystone Lodge is a self-catering, pet-friendly, fly-fishing lodge situated between Dullstroom, Belfast, and Machadodorp on the Escarpment of Mpumalanga.

The lodge has grasslands and forest areas that attract various species such as Blue Crane, Secretarybird, Cape Longclaw, Eastern Long-billed Lark, Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, White-bellied Bustard, the list goes on.

We are also fortunate enough to have Red-chested Flufftail breeding in our small wetland and have been blessed with a rare visit from the Bronze-winged courser. Have a look at our extensive bird list on our website.

The lodge is easily accessible with any standard vehicle from Dullstroom and Belfast, however, the Machadodorp route requires a high clearance vehicle.

We have 9 self-catering chalets, each has its own private garden area with an uncovered braai in the garden.
Chalet 8, our large 4 bedroom (8 sleeper), is paraplegic/wheelchair friendly.

We can cater for large groups or couples.
We offer a 10% senior discount during off-peak seasons.

Contact Details

Ildikó Hegyi

Physical address:

Elandsfontein Road, Off R540, Belfast.

Tel: 072 149 8261

Email: stay@greystonelodge.co.za

Web: https://www.greystonelodge.co.za/birding

Situated in a wetland that has been declared a Natural Heritage Site, Lakenvlei Forest Lodge is synonymous with unsurpassed tranquillity and natural beauty. The Lodge nestles amid a lush 4 500 ha pine forest estate, about 10 km north of Belfast in the Eastern Highlands of Mpumalanga province. This area is famous for its cool summers, frosty winters and of course, trout-filled streams and dams, for the ultimate fly fishing experience.

Lakenvlei’s thatched log chalets overlook a wetland area. The estate offers a tranquil and unsurpassed experience in nature. The chalets are majestically constructed, using solid pine logs from the surrounding area and are finished to perfection with a fireproof thatch. All the chalets are beautifully furnished in comfortable cottage style and fully equipped for self-catering. Lakenvlei also offers inclusive packages i.e. Bed & Breakfast, Dinner, Bed & Breakfast and Full Board.

The diversity of habitats on the wetland and dams provide refuge to a variety of birds and more than 220 bird species have been recorded. Bird lovers will find the wetlands especially rewarding, with the opportunity to tick off species not normally encountered. The bird hide on the edge of the bass dam provides the ideal opportunity to observe the water- and wetland bird species in their natural habitat. A leisurely walk or cycle will also bring you in contact with species that frequent the grassland, rocky outcrops, forest floor and birds in the canopy habitats. Birds that can be observed at Lakenvlei and the surrounding areas include Wattled, Blue and Grey Crowned Cranes, Blue Korhaan, Denham’s Bustard, African Grass Owl and African Marsh Harrier, White-winged Flufftail.

Whatever your interest, Lakenvlei has some unique experience in nature on offer. Step out for a hike, enjoy a game of tennis, go fly fishing, horseback riding or mountain biking.

Contact Details

Chris de Beer

Address: Belfast Plantation, Komatiland Forests, 10km outside Belfast on the R540 towards Dullstroom.
Tel: +27 (0)13 754 2889 or +27 (0)13 253 0550
Mobile: +27 (0)82 907 9305
Email: ChrisDB@klf.co.za, lonic@klf.co.za or lakenvlei@klf.co.za
Web: www.lakenvlei.co.za

GPS Co-ordinates:
25°36’21.72″S 30°02’01.48E

Malelane

Kambaku River Lodge, located on the border of the Kruger National Park, a short drive away from the town of Malelane, is a luxurious, private 5-star Kruger Park lodge. Owned and nurtured by Tony and Leanne, Kambaku is named after one of the legendary Magnificent Seven Big Tusker Elephants and overlooks the Crocodile River, giving guests a front-row seat to plenty of animal sightings.

The lodge has been designed to comfortably accommodate 15 guests, with the 2 bedroom Kambaku River House or add Ndlulamithi to make it 3 bedrooms. Ndlulamithi can also stand alone with the suites Joao, Shawu, and Mafunyane, all offering superb views of the Crocodile River and the Kruger National Park. Shingwedzi is a spacious, bed and beakfast suite with a partial view of the River. All accommodation includes king size beds or twin beds, dressed in luxury, soft percale linen and down duvets. We have the option of self-catering while there is also the option of having dinner/breakfast served to your private patio.

From the lodge deck, or your patio, regular sightings of hippo, elusive leopard, rhino, herds of buffalo and herds of elephant can be seen visiting the river for a drink. Our Kruger Park lodge is also a haven for bird life and any bird watcher will find their own personal paradise here. There are plenty of photographic opportunities when staying with us. All throughout the day, you’ll hear the cry of the fish eagle, a truly African experience and during the tranquil, relaxed evenings, the sounds of the African landscape pierce the night while the brilliant stars fill the heavens with glowing light.

Along with offering Kruger trips, we can also arrange for guests to explore the Panorama Route, seeing Blyde River Canyon, Pilgrim’s Rest, God’s Window and Bourke’s Luck Potholes all in a day. Trips to Mozambique and Swaziland are also an option, with both borders being a short one hour drive away.

Contact Details

Tony & Leanne

Tel: +27 (0)83 273 6881 or +27(0)825254156
Email: info@kambakuriverlodge.co.za
Website: www.kambakuriverlodge.co.za

GPS co-ordinates: -25.515, 31.402

Middelburg

The Farm is situated in the Olifants River valley in Middelburg, Mpumalanga and is designated as irreplaceable and highly significant in terms of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Authority’s bio diversity assessment criteria which qualifies it to be registered as a Protected area.

The Farm being situated in the transition area of the Lowveld and Highveld boasts more grass species than the Kruger National Park. The Rock art, cycad populations of the critically endangered Encephalartos Middelburgensis and vulnerable Lanatus, the extensive river frontages, permanent internal wetlands and streams, riverine forestation, gorges, savannah plains, rocky outcrops and cliffs make the farm a jewel amongst the mines and mealie fields of Middelburg and Witbank and more than justify the farm’s irreplaceable and highly significant status.

Kudu, Eland, Giraffe, Impala, Blesbuck, Bushbuck, Springbok, Wildebeest, Ostrich, Red Hartebeest, Klipspringer, Waterbuck, Oribi, Leopard, Hyena, Aardwolf, Bushpig, Honey Badger and Serval are some of the game which roam freely on over 3000 hectares. The African Finfoot, Southern Bald Ibis and Denhams Bustard are present in the over 277 confirmed bird sightings.

The Farm offer various accommodation and catering solutions depending on the size of the group and will tailor a solution around your requirements.

Contact Details

Eric Dorner

Physical address:
Bezuidenhoutshoek Farm, 6km off the R555 towards Presidentsrus
Tel: 082 567 9734 and 082 552 3991
Email: info@bezhoek.co.za, ericd@bezhoek.co.za
Web: http://bezhoek.co.za/

Nelspruit (Mbombela)

Contact details

Ms A Zaaiman

Physical address:
Tel: +27 (0)13 752 2532
Fax:
Mobile: +27 (0)72 713 6125
E-mail: connect@ecotraining.co.za
Web:

Contact details

Physical address:
Tel: +27 (0)13 741 2458
Fax:
Mobile: +27 (0)82 576 7526
E-mail: mavourneen@lawsons-africa.co.za
Web:

Serenity Mountain and Forest Lodge is situated in a valley surrounded by mountains.  It is 12km outside the town of Malelane, 19km from the famous Kruger National Park. The Lodge and Restaurant are nestled in a bio-diverse Forest type eco-system, a combination of KwaZulu Natal and Mpumalanga and surrounded by highland mountains.

Some of the forest trees date back to more than a 1000 years and with that comes an abundance of bird species, rare butterflies, tree orchards, dragon flies and natural roaming game which are found in this reserve.

Serenity promotes the African culture through the awakening of all your senses with: unique African gourmet cuisine, the smell of giant forest trees, the soothing sound of the cascading water that flows through the lodge, the endless different shades of green that surround you which gives rise to mystical forest tales.
There are two demarcated walking trails under the forest canopy along the river and numerous
cascading waterfalls as well as up and over the surrounding mountains.

  • A bird watchers paradise includes the shy and illusive Narina Trogan which breed every year at
    Serenity.
  • Game viewing on foot.
  • Private, romantic picnics arranged in a secluded piece of the forest with hammocks to relax on.
  • Swimming pool or immerse yourself in the many cascading waterfalls and natural rock pools.
  • Wellness treatments available in the privacy of your own Suite – to be arranged and pre-booked.
  • Explore our haven of butterflies and trees that are more than a thousand years old.

Contact Details

Louise van der Veen

email: reservations@serenitylodge.co.za
Tel: 087 288 6037/8

Tomjachu is an exclusive, family-owned private nature reserve set in 500 hectares of game fenced mountain bushveld, located within the Crocodile Valley Nature Conservancy, just 20 minutes outside Nelspruit. Whether you are looking for adventure or relaxation, with family, friends, or your loved one, Tomjachu offers something for everyone.

On over 20 kilometres of trails, tracks and roads you can hike amongst the abundant plains game through mountains and valleys, searching for some of the 275 bird species currently listed.  Our wide variety of habitats on the reserve – from grassland savannah, thorny thickets, rocky outcrops to riverine forest – create homes for a wonderfully diverse array of flora and fauna. With no dangerous game on the property, guests can roam freely and safely whilst on the lookout for specials like the Crowned Eagle, Narina Trogon, Retz’s helmet-shrike and many more. Our soon-to-be completed bird hide at Tom’s dam will also offer guests wonderful photographic opportunities on the water.

Our proximity to other birding sites such as Kaapsehoop Blue Swallow Reserve, Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon offers guests the opportunity to do day trips to look for species which can’t be found at Tomjachu.

Guests can enjoy lots of activities such as a guided nature drive or walk, dinner in the bush, star gazing evenings, and open-air picnics at one of our many lookouts spots. We also offer Specialist Bird walks with local birding guide Ben Coley.

Offering breath-taking views across the Bekker Mountains from the veranda, the historic Homestead and nearby cottages are surrounded by beautiful gardens, lawns and terraces, all sharing the greater splendours of nature. Perched high above the Homestead, our exclusive 5-star self-catering Valbonne Villa also offers spectacular mountain views from its extensive veranda and pool, which lies at eye level with the soaring eagles. Our recently opened pet-friendly Crooked Cottage  now enables local visitors to travel with the whole family.

Our relaxed, informal and highly professional team are sure to make your stay an indelible memory.

Contact Details

Jay Dean Sloane

Address: Tomjachu Bush Retreat, Uitkyk Road, Nelspruit
Tel: +27(0)82 704 4804
Email: reservations@tomjachu.com
Website: www.tomjachu.co.za/

Piet Retief

Dusk to Dawn is a spacious country house situated on an 1800 ha farm in Mpumalanga – the place of the rising sun. Johann and Gudrun Engelbrecht have turned their family home into a friendly and welcoming half-way stop for tourists and visitors. The Engelbrechts are fifth generation descendants of German Missionaries who settled in this area in 1870 and German is still spoken at home.

There are 2 cosy family units known as “Barbets Corner” and “Egrets View” and 2 en-suite bedrooms “Sunbirds View” and “Hadedas Nest” and an exclusive cottage “Robins Rest”. Each unit is fully air-conditioned, has a coffee and tea tray, a mini-bar and DSTV (Selected Channels). The garden featuring a solar heated swimming pool, tree house with adjoining jungle gym and hammock.

There are a variety of farming activities including a large modern piggery, dairy, beef farming, maize and timber that visitors may view by arrangement. “Johnny’s Arc” offer children an opportunity to get into close contact with a large variety of farm animals such as chicken, ducks, geese, peacocks, sheep and goats.

A private picnic spot near the river host indigenous trees with abundant birdlife. Walks on the farm will offer the keen birder an opportunity to see some of the more than 160 bird species frequenting this farm. Four different walks are marked through lush pastures and grazing cattle leading to 3 different bird hides.

The Imbali Craft Shop has become widely known in the crafter fraternity for its colourful designs on tablecloths, runners, napkins and T-shirts. Our latest addition to the craft shop is our Dusk to Dawn Deli, where you can find a variety of locally made jams, saligna honey from local beekeepers, as well as Gudrun’s signature Dusk to Dawn dinners that can be enjoyed in the rooms. Mixed Media paintings by Irma Filter and other artists from the Beyond Art Studio are also on display.

Contact Details

Johann & Gudrun Engelbrecht

Address: Dusk To Dawn B&B, Farm Wagendrift, Piet Retief, Mpumalanga
Tel: +27 (0)17 821-0601
Fax: +27 (0)17 821-0601
Mobile: +27 (0)83 627-6454
Email: info@dusktodawn.co.za
Web: http://dusktodawnbedandbreakfast.com/

Pilgrims Rest

Forever Resorts Mount Sheba is situated in the rain forest near the famous town of Pilgrim’s Rest in Mpumalanga. Well-appointed rooms, gourmet meals, and log fires give a magical feel to Mount Sheba. A blanket of mist usually enfolds the property in the morning and it is not unusual to experience all four seasons in one day.

With private patios and panoramic views, the beauty of the surroundings can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room. Indigenous forest walking trails, forest picnics, trout fishing, mountain biking.

Activities available on the property are trout fishing, a game of tennis, sauna or a walk on the wild side. The day finally ends with a touch of elegance in the “Owl and Trout” bar and gourmet dinner served with fine wine complimented by meticulous service and hospitality in the dining room, promising an unforgettable experience.

Mount Sheba has suites as well as self-catering cottages. The cottages are comfortably furnished and have log fireplaces. There is also caravan and camping sites without electricity available. Mount Sheba also offers conference facilities up to 100 delegates. Conference delegates are sure to experience tranquility and luxury of a four star Lodge. The conference room is equipped with modern conference equipment and comfortable accommodation with fire places are sure to offer delegates an excellent night’s rest. Excellent service supports the superb four star cuisine, turning any event into a fairy tale experience.

Places of interest

  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Bourkes Luck Potholes
  • Casper’s Neck
  • God’s Window
  • Long Tom Pass Blyde River Dam
  • Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls
  • Bridal Veil Falls, Horse Shoe Falls,
  • Lone Creek Falls, Sabie Hoek Falls
  • Echo Caves
  • Pilgrims Rest
  • Abel Erasmus
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Kruger National Park

Contact Details

Johann & Gudrun Engelbrecht

Physical address:Forever Resorts Mount Sheba, Pilgrims Rest, 1290
Central Reservations Tel: +27(0)12 423 5600
Central Reservations Fax: +27(0)12 423 5610
Lodge Tel: +27 (0)13 768 1241
Lodge Fax: +27 (0)13 768 1248
E-mail: info@foreversa.co.za
Web: http://www.mountsheba.co.za

Sabie

Porcupine Ridge is an oasis of peace, tucked away in the mountains 5 km from Sabie village. Expect a warm and friendly welcome from fellow birders, Janet & John Wills, at their beautifully renovated four star guest house combining old world charm with modern comforts. Porcupine Ridge has five immaculate bedrooms, cosy guest lounge, deep verandahs, rambling gardens and glorious mountain views. Hiking, birding, small game and waterfall are all available on the Estate. There are a variety of restaurants, golf and adventure activities nearby.

Porcupine Ridge is situated at the southern end of the famous Panorama Route, encompassing God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon; surrounded by waterfalls, scenic walks and picnic sites. The birding ‘hotspots’ of Lone Creek Falls, Misty Mountain, Mount Sheba, Kaapsehoop and Lowveld Botanical Gardens are all less than 1 hour’s travelling distance from the guest house. The Kruger National Park is 40 minutes drive away.

Mpumalanga has over 550 bird species and 12 Important Bird Areas. The ‘Greater Panorama’ and ‘Lowveld’ Birding Routes are within easy reach of Porcupine Ridge offering a variety of habitats from sub tropical bushveld to high forests and grasslands.

Closer to home, our own garden birds include Knysna Turaco, African Green Pigeon, Southern Boubou, Greater Double-collared Sunbird and Red-Throated Wryneck. We have an extensive ‘birding’ library and free Bird Route maps. We are very flexible about breakfast times for fellow birders or will supply you with a tasty packed breakfast by arrangement.

Porcupine Ridge Guest House has been awarded 4 Star Grading in the Guest House category by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. Five immaculate en-suite bedrooms have all the comforts of home and our welcoming guest lounge with deep comfy chairs, satellite TV, library and cosy fireplace is just the place to relax with a sundowner, or to curl up with a good book.

Contact Details

Janet & John Wills

Physical address: 5 Vanaxe Estate, Hazyview Road, SABIE 1260
Mobile: +27 (0)82 818 0277(Janet)
Mobile: +27(0)73 611 6349(John)
Fax: 086 661 4006
E-mail: stay@porcupineridge.co.za
Web: http://www.porcupineridge.co.za

Sabie Sand Game Reserve

Renowned for its Big Five game viewing, the 65 000ha Sabi Sand Game Reserve – within which Cheetah Plains Private Game reserve is located – lies adjacent to the south-west corner of The Kruger National Park, where it shares a 50km border. There are no fences between the two reserves, allowing game to move freely between the two areas and as a result, the reserve offers some of the most exceptional wildlife in southern Africa.

Two rivers cross Sabi Sand – the Sabi River on its boundary in the south and the Sand River that flows from North-West to South-East. This has resulted in an abundance of leopard, lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, hyena and a wide variety of antelope and other species.

To date 330 tree, 45 fish, 30 amphibian, 110 reptile, 400 bird and 145 mammal species have been noted in Sabi Sand. A number of endangered species have also made the reserve their home, and visitors to the area are often given a rare glimpse of bats, honey badgers, ground hornbills and wild dogs.

Cheetah Plains is one of the oldest bush camps in the Sabi Sand. Accommodation consists of eight rooms & a Bush Cottage. Our emphasis is on offering guests traditional Safari values of comfortable accommodation, combined with great food, prepared around the campfire.

We also have specialised birding safaris hosted and guided by a specialist African birder and ornithologist with assistance of Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve guides. Martin Benadie is also a passionate bird photographer so these safaris are also ideal for those wanting to spend a bit more time photographing these often frustrating subjects. Participants will be given detailed bird and mammal species checklists which will be completed daily after dinner.

Contact Details

Janet & John Wills

Reservations:
Tel: +27 (0)79 694 8430
Email: reservations@cheetahplains.com

Lodge:
Address: Sabi Sands North, Gowrie Gate, Mpumalanga
Tel: +27 (0)79 694 8430 or +27 (0)79 694 8460
Email: reception@cheetahplains.com
Web: http://cheetahplains.com/
GPS: 24,73923; 31,57598

Schoemanskloof

Old Joe’s Kaia is a unique and small family owned and managed Country House situated in the magnificent, malaria-free Schoemanskloof Valley. This is a little oasis full of surprises. Expect fresh and unpolluted mountain air, fabulous scenery, prolific birdsong, and a wonderful relaxing, homely atmosphere. It is well known for its excellent cuisine, relaxed homely atmosphere and personal service, with a swimming pool, prolific birding and exhilarating walks. Experience harmony and tranquillity at Old Joe’s.

Accommodation is offered in Log Cabins, Rondavels and Kaia Rooms. Each of these units has a different theme and is uniquely decorated accordingly. All units have a balcony /veranda and private bathroom en suite (bath and shower).

A highlight for most visitors are the scrumptious meals enjoyed on the balcony of the main building. A beautiful mountain view and birdsong add to the pleasure of the experience. The kitchen produces creative and nutritious meals, using organically home-grown vegetables and herbs and as much free-range produce as possible. Passers-by are welcome to drop in for a meal en route to the Kruger National Park, Mozambique, Swaziland, the Panorama Route or the Lowveld.

Lovely walks along the Crocodile River reward the keen birder with interesting sightings. A trained bird guide is available to assist in bird identification and to point out some elusive species. For those who prefer to admire the beauty of the valley on wheels can do so on mountain bicycles which are available for rent. The latest addition to Old Joe’s Kaia is a magnificent labyrinth. Guests in need of self-time, reflection and tranquillity can stroll along its path in search of inner peace.

Who was Old Joe?

Look out for this famous painted rock as you come down Patatanek Pass on your trip from Johannesburg (± 35 km from the Machado toll gate). Old Joe is in reality resembling a person with a big belly. Road constructors working on the Schoemanskloof road found and erected this rock in 1927, naming it after their foreman Joe Barbas and “Old Joe” was born. The statue still features prominently in tourist literature and is painted regularly by local schools and residents, changing its ‘outfit’ and image to the delight of passers-by!

Contact Details

Paul Drews and Marian Cottle

Tel: +27 (0)13 733 3045 or
+27 (0)13 733 3046
Fax: +27 (0)86 518 1778
Mobile: +27 (0)83 229 3751
E-mail: info@oldjoes.co.za
Web: http://www.oldjoes.co.za

Skukuza

Rhino Walking Safaris is situated near Skukuza in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park covers almost 2 million hectares of beautiful, unspoilt terrain and boasts the world’s greatest concentration and diversity of species. An impressive 147 mammal species inhabit this remarkable reserve. In addition it boasts 517 bird species, 49 fish, 34 amphibian, 114 reptile and 336 tree species.

Rhino Walking Safaris offers exclusive guided walking trails with expert guides in the Kruger National Park. An exclusive specialist safari experience, Rhino Walking Safari’s base camp is comprised of four comfortable, en-suite tents overlooking the plain, where a variety of general game as well as predators can be spotted. The Timbitene waterhole at the end of the plain is a popular elephant drinking place.

Plains Camp (home of Rhino Walking Safaris) is the base camp for our walking trails in the Kruger National Park and represents the heart of the wilderness experience. The Camp made up of 4 stylishly appointed en-suite tents nestled in the shade of a knobthorn cluster.  We specialize in bringing an authentic bush experience to life, offering unforgettable and informative guided walking tours designed to bring you close to nature, finding the often unseen and fascinating aspects of the African bush.

Tailor-made birding safaris are available from both Rhino Post Safari Lodge and Plains Camp (home of Rhino Walking Safaris). Birders can look forward to pursuing the Big Six: Ground Hornbill, Kori Bustard, Lappet-faced Vulture, Martial Eagle, Pel’s Fishing Owl and the Saddle-bill Stork.

In addition, Hornbills, Starlings, Vultures, Rollers, Bee-eaters and Shrikes make this a prime birdwatching area. Raptor viewing is extremely rewarding with Bateleur, Martial, Black-breasted Snake Eagle, Brown Snake Eagle, African Hawk Eagle, African Fish Eagle and Tawny Eagles seen regularly. In summer birders can spot the Wahlberg, Steppe and Lesser Spotted Eagles.

Contact Details

Reservations and Enquiries
Tel:+27 (0)35 474 1473
Fax: +27 (0)35 474 1490
Mobile: +27 (0)82 873 8874
E-mail: res@isibindi.co.za
Web: http://www.isibindi.co.za

Rhino Walking Safaris only
Tel: +27 (0)11 467 1886
Fax: +27 (0)11 467 4758
Email: info@rws.co.za

Wakkerstroom

Forellenhof is a four star Self-Catering Guest Farm set on the foot of the Versamel Mountains six kilometres outside the picturesque village of Wakkerstroom. Be overwhelmed by the tranquil, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere while staying in our luxurious and warmly decorated cottages, each with their own picturesque view. Wake up to the sunrise over the splendid mountains and be enveloped by the breath-taking views and that country feel…..

Whether you want to do nothing and unwind, go for a walk, go mountain biking or go bird watching on your own or with experienced bird-guides to spot those rare bird species, we offer the variety of your choosing. A visit to the Bird Life SA Centre in Wakkerstroom is also an option. Your hosts Johan and Ronelle will make sure that your stay is special and memorable with all the information you may need about Wakkerstroom and surrounds.

Why Wakkerstroom?

  • No traffic – Except for cows and sheep…
  • World Renowned Bird Watching
  • Quaint shops and restaurants
  • Hiking and Biking trails
  • Historical buildings
  • Kind country folk
  • Alpacas

Choose your cottage:

Pretty Pig Cottage
Wake up to the chatter of birds and a lovely view over the dam. This two bedroom cottage with en-suite bathrooms sleeps four people and will offer you all the luxuries you may need.

Freckled Frog Cottage
Be overwhelmed by the breath-taking views and the peace and quietness that this cottage offers. Bring your whole family for a break-away and enjoy the warmth that this three bedroom cottage offers. (Sleeps 6 people)

Laughing Duck Stone Cottage
A rustic stone cottage for that special romantic get-away.

All our cottages are elegantly furnished, fully equipped and have fireplaces for those cold winter nights.

Contact Details

Ronelle van Eeden

Mobile: +27 83 463 7561 or
+27 82 468 5399
E-Mail: forellenhofsa@gmail.com
Website: www.forellenhofsa.com
Co-ordinates:S27˚19’22.5, E30˚07’11.2

Situated on the square in the heart of the village, the Wakkerstroom Country Inn is an ideal base from which to explore the village and the picturesque surroundings of Wakkerstroom. Wakkerstroom is surrounded by magnificent countryside. There are demarcated drives through the countryside, ideal for both birdwatchers and those just wishing to savour the beauty surrounding us. A booklet on drives around Wakkerstroom and surrounds is available from the Wine Glass.

Wakkerstroom is world renowned for its birding, with various bird hides and many birding routes in the area. We have over 400 species of birds including endemic larks, pipits, Blue Korhaan and the Southern Bald Ibis. Enjoy a leisurely stroll from the Wakkerstroom Country Inn to any of the hides on the wetlands. Bird guides can be book at Birdlife South Africa. Wakkerstroom Country Inn offers “Early Bird Packed Breakfasts’ specifically for Birders (to be picked up the night before) and picnic baskets. Please give notice by no later than 4pm the day before. Other activities in the area: Hiking, fly fishing, horse riding, golf, mountain biking, off road biking and quads biking, arts & crafts. Martins Dam is a lovely venue for a family picnic.

Wakkerstroom Country Inn offers 10 en-suite, comfortable & tastefully decorated bedrooms (including 3 family suites). Two of the family rooms have additional double sleeper couches for smaller children, while the third can sleep 2 adults and up to 3 children in full beds.

Our warm, welcoming Pub & Family Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week and provides a popular rendezvous for visitors and locals alike. The owners, who are both London trained Chefs, also offer regular Gourmet Evenings which are not to be missed!

Delicious pub meals can be enjoyed on the veranda overlooking the town square, on the patio in our secluded garden setting or in our popular pub or dining room, with roaring log fires in winter. The function venue can accommodate 100 guests for dinners, lunches, wedding and conferences. Parties of less than 40 people will be hosted in the Wakkerstroom Country Inn dining room.

Contact Details

Pieter Bruwer

Physical address: 124 Badenhorst Street, Wakkerstroom
Tel: +27 (0)17 730 0620
Fax: 086 669 7693
Mobile: +27 (0)72 445 8243
E-mail: stay@countryinn.co.za
Web: http://countryinn.co.za/

The Wetlands Country House & Sheds is set on six hectares of breathtaking grasslands and wetlands, within 100 metres of Martins Dam which feed the river that forms the boundary to the property.

Wetlands Country House & Sheds… home to a variety of birdlife, magnificent views and sophisticated, luxurious accommodation. Whether summer, autumn, winter or spring, the little town of Wakkerstroom on the Mpumalanga/KwaZulu Natal border offers amazing beauty all year round.

Wakkerstroom is surrounded by magnificent countryside. There are demarcated drives through the countryside, ideal for both birdwatchers and those just wishing to savour the beauty of the area. Wakkerstroom is increasingly becoming the destination of choice for people who want to spend time in an environment that encourages total relaxation with the opportunity to indulge in fun filled activities.

Your hosts, Colin & Fay, will ensure that your stay is a memorable one and have much of the information you will need to take advantage of all that Wakkerstroom has to offer. In addition to the dining room and the lounge with its fireplace and library, Wetlands country house & Sheds offers en-suite bedrooms at the house or your own private unit at The Sheds.

House: bedrooms en-suite complete with a fireplace and your own private wooden deck overlooking Martin’s dam.

The sheds: offer elegantly furnished, spacious suites with queen size beds en-suite bathrooms and open fireplaces. A family unit with queen and single beds can also be booked.

The self-catering cottage is spacious country cottage with 2 bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms. The Cottage also boasts a fire place lounge, sun room and a fully equipped kitchen.

Contact Details

Colin & Fay Lagerwall

Physical address: 83 Van Riebeeck Street, Wakkerstroom
Tel: +27 (0)17 730 0101
Fax: +27 (0)17 730 0124
E-mail: info@wetlandscountryhouse.co.za
Web: http://www.wetlandscountryhouse.co.za/#/home/

White River

Heuglins Lodge is nestled in an oasis of a garden just outside of White River – we have a large wooded forested garden with large old trees and all sorts of birds visiting our garden and surrounds.

We’re also on an estate with 3 dams which are a haven for various ducks and waterbirds.
In addition, we adjoin large tracts of farmland with natural thickets and forests in-between with well-marked trails taking runners, mountain bikers, and walkers/birders into the ravines and valleys.

We have the perfect setting and location for birders.

Contact Details

Brian and Frances Hyson

GPS coordinates: S 25 17.261; E 30 59.928
Tel: +27(0) 83 610 6145
Email: admin@heuglins.co.za
Web: http://www.heuglins.co.za