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Rusty Gate is truly a Mountain Retreat, nestled in the Riviersonderend Mountains, with unsurpassed vistas over the Helderstroom valley and Overberg area. The property, spanning 290 hectares, lies adjacent to the Riviersonderend Nature Reserve, abounds with fynbos and proteas and offers ample for nature lovers to enjoy.

 

Less than 120km from Cape Town International Airport (approximately 1½ hour drive along the N2 towards the Garden Route) this special getaway is conveniently situated midway between Greyton and Villiersdorp.

 

Our self-catering accommodation comprises five beautifully furnished cottages, each with its unique style, as well as Eagles Eyrie, a special communal entertainment and sleeping unit.

 

There are six hiking trails, spanning nearly 20km, to explore at Rusty Gate for the hiking enthusiast. Hiking options vary from a leisurely stroll on the Twin Rivers trail to the challenge of the Gorge trail for the more adventurous.

 

The Recreation Dam within walking distance to the North-east from Eagle’s Eyrie and the cottages is a favourite spot of Rusty Guests for water activities. The dam holds about 100 000 cubic meters of water with the deepest point at over 15 meters when full. The dam caters for summer and winter recreation.

BIRDERS OVERVIEW

  • ACCESSIBLE WITH A NORMAL SEDAN VEHICLE

  • WALKING TRAILS

  • BIRD LISTS

  • VENUE / TRAIL MAP

BIRD SPECIALS

Cape Eagle Owl, Booted Eagle, Grey-winged Francolin, Capped Wheater, Cape Siskin, Cape Clapper Lark, Cape Sugarbird, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Fiery-necked Nightjar, Alpine Swift, Grey-backed Cisticola, Blue Crane

INFORMATION FOR BIRDERS

Rusty Gate and the surrounding area offers much to explore for birding enthusiasts with the farm located in the Riviersonderend mountains and the nearby riverine landscape of the Helderstroom valley. Take your time to explore the mountain fynbos veld for Sunbirds and Sugarbirds, rocky outcrops for Raptors, ravines and water areas to spot many of our feathered friends ranging from endemic and local species to various migratory birds. The majority of the farm's 290 hectares are accessible for birders via our network of hiking trails spanning over approximately 20km. The Helderstroom valley is within close driving distance (less than 15 minutes) from the farm.

Mountain Fynbos, inland water (river and dam)

HABITATS

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