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.

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
GPS: S 33 55 35.80, E 20 28 45.04


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 Verreaux’s Eagle (previously called 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.

Contact Details

Lucy Delport

GPS location: 34º17‘11.14“ S, 19º20‘54.37” E

Tel: + 27 28 212 2113

Mobile: + 27 82 853 7838




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



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

Phone +27 (0)22 492 3062
Visit us on Facebook

Physical address
22 Pastorie Street
Darling 7345, Western Cape
GPS 33 deg. 22′ 44.16″ S / 18 deg. 22′ 42.73″ E


Whale Huys Luxury Eco Villa is a beautiful self-catering accommodation with unobstructed ocean views over Walker Bay, stretching from the quiet fisherman’s village of Gansbaai to Hermanus and beyond. Fall asleep and wake to the sound of the waves gently lapping at the rocks below, while a myriad of bird species enjoy the bounty of the surrounding natural fynbos plant life.

Only 2 hours drive from Cape Town International Airport, the property offers two units, both with sustainable features to have as light a touch on the environment as possible. Solar panels supply most of the electricity, while slow combustion fireplaces wards off the cold on those chilly winter evenings. Well-behaved pets are welcome as both have fenced gardens.

Whale Huys Eco Villa offers four well-appointed bedrooms (all ensuite), gourmet kitchen, saltwater infinity pool, outdoor braai lounge, ecowood deck, poolside bar and private gym.

Guppy Huys Eco-Bungalow is a quaint three bedroom (two double, one twin split) unit with two bathrooms (one ensuite). The bungalow offers amenities such as a jacuzzi, built-in covered braai, ecowood deck and traditional South African fire pit.

These eco-friendly units are the perfect base from which to discover the natural riches of the ocean, shoreline and fynbos-blanketed hills and mountains. Experience the biodiversity of the sea on an ocean safari, visit the African Penguin & Seabird Sanctuary or follow one of the many hiking paths along the coastline.

At Whale Huys we are delighted to work with nature guide Grant Hine. Grant has a deep knowledge of nature and his Zen walks focus on the interconnectedness of nature and humans. You can learn more about Grant and contact him through his website

Contact Details

Leigh McLaren

Tel / WhatsApp: +27 (0)7 38 71 67 23
Address: 40 Ingang Street, De Kelders, Gansbaai, 7220
GPS coordinates: -34.55913904483395, 19.358728502418227

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.


Lark House self-catering holiday home is set against Elsies Peak and has a natural fynbos garden with direct access to hiking trails of the Brakkloof section of Table Mountain National Park. This means that you will be spoilt for choice in the best of both worlds with the likes of Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Southern Boubou, Cape Siskin, and Cape Grassbird in the garden and on the mountainside whilst looking out towards False Bay might be rewarded with views of Crowned Cormorants, African Oystercatchers, African Penguin or even marine mammals in the form of whales, dolphins and Cape Fur Seals. Interesting land mammals seen in the area include Cape Porcupine, Slender Mongoose, Cape Grysbok, and, along the coast, Cape Clawless Otter. It is the ideal start to a birding tour of South Africa – more than 90 bird species, of which 19 southern African endemics and one further breeding endemic can be viewed from the decks of Lark House!

The house is managed by an experienced birder who is available to assist in planning your self-drive and/ or guided trips and, for those who have sea legs, can organize pelagic trips with a BirdLife South Africa Recommended Tour Operator.

We are:

  • 10 – 15 minutes from Simon’s Town harbour for pelagic trips
  • 15 minutes from Boulders Penguin Colony IBA (Important Bird and Biodiversity Area)
  • 30 minutes from Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
  • 30 minutes from the False Bay Nature Reserve IBA
  • 1 hour from the Rietvlei Wetland IBA
  • 1.5 hours each from Kogelberg Nature Reserve (Cape Whale Coast IBA) and West Coast National Park, also an IBA

For the non-birders in your life, we are perfectly situated to explore all of the other attractions that Cape Town is (deservedly) known for, namely the Cape Winelands, Cape Town beaches – Glencairn beach is two minutes away, and world-class restaurants. There really is something for everyone here!

Lark House amenities:

Self-catering homestead, with its panoramic views of maintain and sea, sleeps up to 8 people and is fully equipped including a dishwasher and washing machine, making for a relaxed and wonderfully comfortable stay.

Guests are hosted in two downstairs bedrooms with queen-sized beds and an upstairs open-plan loft area with a double bed and two single beds. The house has two bathrooms and a large open plan living room with a well-equipped kitchen.

Contact Details

David and Tania Swanepoel

Address: 23 Cockburn Close, Glencairn Heights
Tel/WhatsApp: +27(0) 82 820 4707


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

Centrally situated in the Western Cape on the Onrus River and the Bot River Estuary near Hermanus. Unique accommodation with a magical ambience, together with birdfeeders and a bird-friendly environment to capture your lifer.

• Rooisand Nature Reserve
• Harold Porter Botanical Gardens
• Fernkloof Botanical Garden
• Stony Point in Betty’s Bay
• Koggelberg Biosphere Reserve
near Kleinmond.
• Coastal trails in Hermanus.

Botriver Estuary at Middelvlei supports over 163 bird species, at least 62 are waterbirds. This Wetland supports an average of between 25,000 & 40,000 individual birds. Large numbers of ducks, which can exceed 20,000 individuals can be seen at the estuary. This is probably the largest regular congregation in South Africa. During summer, this wetland can support over 4,000 waders of at least 11 different species.

Mountain species:
• Cape Rockjumper
• Spotted Eagle Owl
• Black Harriers
• Jackal Buzzards and many more.

Wetland Estuary:
• Many Waders, different Ducks, Plovers
• African Marsh Harrier
• Lesser Flamingo
• Spotted Teal
• Great White Pelican
• Fish Eagle
• Black Oystercatcher and many more.

Endemic Birds of the Whale Coast:
• Fynbos Buttonquail
• Southern Black Korhaan
• Cape Rockjumper
• Orange Breasted Sunbird
• Cape Sugarbird
• Cape Siskin
• Protea Canary
• Victorin’s Warbler
• Endemics associated with the cold Benguela for example the Crowned Cormorant and more.

Contact Details

Tel: +27 71 871 4916



Location: Meerenbosch, on the eastern edge of the Botrivier mouth


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.

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


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

A rustic diamond on the wild and beautiful West Coast of South Africa, Strandkombuis is nestled in the dunes between a nature reserve and the longest stretch of beach in the country. This is a magical place in a world of its own; the perfect getaway.
Our restaurant deck looks out over a Rooi Pan that attracts coastal and wetland species of birds in the winter, with the rains, and a rich variety of different species in the summer, when the pans are dry, increasing the salinity.

West Coast Birding (from Cape Bird Club website)

In winter small flocks of both Lesser and Greater Flamingo feed here, with significant numbers of roosting African Black Oystercatcher always present. Equally large tern roosts can be seen; Swift and Common Tern (in winter and summer), Caspian Tern is often present. Sandwich Tern adds to the numbers in summer. Look out for Little Tern which has been recorded in summer.
Hartlaub’s and Kelp Gull are always present, as are Black-winged Stilt and Avocet.
Great White Pelican occasionally roost when the pans are full. White-fronted and Kittlitz’s Plover can be seen and nest in the area.
During summer, palearctic migrant waders occur, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Common Ringed Plover, Sanderling. European Oystercatcher a vagrant, has occurred more than once.
In the surrounding strandveld Karoo Scrub Robin, Cape Robin-chat, Cape Bulbul, Bokmakierie, Pied Starling, Cape Wagtail are all common, as are Grey-backed Cisticola, Cape Weaver, Cape Bunting, Southern Double-collared and Malachite Sunbird. Black Harriers can also be seen hunting low over the strandveld.
An additional birding option after the pans can be made to the coast at Yzerfontein village and harbour. Bank Cormorant does breed on the small offshore island of Yzerklip (Meeurots) and often many thousands of Cape Cormorant are seen flying low over the water in long flocks going to roost on the island or around the harbour.
In summer during strong winds and bad weather flocks of Sabine’s Gull come close inshore to the harbour to roost in sheltered waters in the evenings.

Bed & Breakfast
Our bed and breakfast accommodation sleeps 65 people in 27 rooms, each with its own, private en-suite bathroom. The decor is classic and simple; whitewashed walls with reclaimed wood fixtures and features; all contributing to Strandkombuis’ natural, rustic harmony. Our rooms – suites, doubles, twins, and family rooms – all have private, en suite bathrooms. Please bring cots for infants.
Our outdoor restaurant – under our main Bedouin tent – has a fully-stocked, fully-licensed bar, a wood-fired pizza oven, and three braai pits. We are most famous for our Sunday Seafood Buffet – our deep-fried calamari are the best on the West Coast – and we our eclectic menu of gourmet, wood-fired pizzas draws a crowd on Friday nights.
A short walk along the beach from us you’ll find the town of Yzerfontein, an urban conservancy with natural unspoilt fynbos, spectacular sunsets, and views of Dassen Island and Table Mountain. Popular with surfers and windsurfers, there’s plenty to do on and off the water… walk the coastline, go fishing, take a boat from the harbour, explore the local 4×4 and mountain bike trails. The nearby olive farms and wine farms of Swartland are also world-class.
Our Heaviside Dolphins in the bay are joined from July to December by migrating whales. And every year in the spring, the flowers on the West Coast put on a show that will take your breath away. And Strandkombuis is no exception. Our coastal strandveld and fynbos put on their own spectacular display after the winter rains.
Continue up the coast, with its spectacular seascapes, magnificent lagoons and historic fishing villages, to explore Saldanha, Jacobsbaai, Langebaan, Paternoster, and St Helena Bay. And if you’re planning to drive the West Coast Way and see it all, stop in with us on the way up and on the way back.

Contact Details

Physical address: Strandkombuis Road, 16 Mile Beach, Yzerfontein 7351

Tel: +27 (0)22 481 1003


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.


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

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
GPS Coordinates:
34˚ 03′ 07.44″ S 23˚ 16′ 13.95″ E


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


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,

Simon's Town

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Avian Leisure’s self-catering apartments are in a magnificent situation on the mountain above the Boulders Beach penguin colony in Simon’s Town, overlooking False Bay and set amidst an indigenous Cape Fynbos garden – this means you can see whales, fur seals, penguins, sunbirds, sugarbirds and a host of other wildlife right from your bedroom! An added delight is the almost guaranteed night-time view of porcupines coming to our floodlit pond!
Our location in Cape Town makes a perfect base for doing Cape Peninsula birding trips, pelagic birding trips, whale watching trips, Cape winelands tours, snorkelling or scuba diving in False Bay and along the Atlantic coastline or just enjoying the natural beauty in the Table Mountain National Park. There is something for everyone here!
5 minutes to the harbour for pelagic trips
10 minutes from Cape Point Nature Reserve
Owner run by experienced birders and adventurers – available to assist in planning your self-drive trips

Fully equipped spacious apartments:
Shearwater, with its unrestricted, panoramic sea views, sleeps up to 4 adults comfortably and is fully equipped including a dishwasher and washing machine, making for a relaxed and very comfortable stay.
Watsonia is a spacious one bedroomed suite, with twin beds, a bathroom with large shower and a large living room with a small but well equipped kitchenette, so even though there is no sea view from this apartment, it makes for a very convenient and comfortable base from which to explore the area

Contact Details

Patrick & Marie-Louise Cardwell

Tel / WhatsApp: +27 (0) 83 272 2455
Address: 88 Dorries Drive, Simons 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
GPS coordinates: -34.2003, 18.4471


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

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.

contact details

Mr S De Nobrega

Physical address:  10 3rd Crescent, Vredelust, Cape Town
Tel: +27 (0)82 490 9204
Mobile: +27 (0)83 704 7067

Contact details

Birding Africa

Physical address: Scarborough
Tel: +27 (0)21 531 9148
Mobile: 083 256 0491