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WESTERN CAPE ACCOMMODATION
Rusty Gate Mountain Retreat
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.
Forest Edge Nature Lover's Retreat
Forest edge is surrounded by the Knysna forest. Our establishment has 3 ponds for viewing birds and tall trees on the property. There is a Sanparks trail (Drupkelders) Right outside our gate and what makes this magical is they only allow 12 people a day to visit this trail.
De Hoop Valley
Mountain Pastures Game Lodge
Mountain Pastures, nestled in the De Hoop valley between the Kouga and Honniball mountains, is situated next to the popular R62 route, 18 kilometers from Uniondale. What makes Mountain Pastures special is the spectacular mountain views, peaceful atmosphere and variety of bird species.
Moontide Riverside Lodge
On the banks of the tidal Touw river, surrounded by the Garden Route National Park, Moontide is both a romantic retreat and the perfect base from which to explore the region. Choose from nine individually-decorated rooms, each with private garden entrance and their own outdoor seating area.
Fairy Knowe Hotel
The Fairy Knowe Hotel, affectionately referred to as "the Grand Dame" of Wilderness, has been welcoming guests since 1924. The landmark hotel was renovated in 2021 and is looking gracious and glorious once again! A 20-min drive from George Airport and central to all tourist attractions.
Eight suites are nestled within the magnificent indigenous Knysna Forest. The suites are built in a gorge, so access is from ground level and the front of the suite is built on stilts ranging from two to six meters above ground, giving you breath-taking views of the Karatara Gorge or the majestic Knysna Forest.
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Sanbona Wildlife Reserve is an authentic and contrasting natural space, it serves as a major role player in the conservation realm- which is imparted and intricately woven into our guest experiences. It is a true example of a successful rewilding project on an epic scale within the Western Cape, underpinned by peer reviewed, research-based conservation practice.
De Zeekoe Guest Farm
De Zeekoe is a beautiful lusern farm , with a variety of activities for the whole family. We offer a variety of luxurious en suite rooms and self-catering options & great activities for the whole family! Enjoy hikes, biking, swimming, and our exclusive Five Shy Meerkat Tours Come and relax in our beautiful surroundings in the Garden Route - Klein Karoo
Klein Cederberg Nature Reserve
South Africa’s Cederberg region is heralded as one of the most premiere bouldering and rock climbing destinations in the world. We are conveniently located along the Cape Birding route with international birding tour groups visiting us yearly to catch glimpses of the sought-after Cinnamon-breasted Warbler and Cape Eagle Owl.
West Coast / Langebaan
Tortoise Trail Lodge
Tortoise Trail Lodge is conveniently situated to explore the West Coast. Just a short drive to the West Coast National Park, as well as little coastal towns like Velddrif where one can do a photography birding boat cruise on the river, or St Helena Bay for photography boat trips from the harbour to name a few.
We offer our guests the opportunity to kick-back, relax and enjoy the unspoiled beauty of the Klein Karoo, situated 350km from Cape Town and 100km from Oudtshoorn. The Lodge is situated in the heart of the Klein Karoo, nestled in the foothills of the Rooiberg Mountains, and extends over some 14 000 hectares of Fynbos and Succulent Karoo.
Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
BUFFELSDRIFT GAME LODGE IS SITUATED IN THE HEART OF THE KLEIN KAROO WHICH IS PART OF THE WORLD FAMOUS GARDEN ROUTE IN SOUTH AFRICA. We are located 6.5 km just outside of Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital of the world. The lodge is situated only 300 metres from the tar road leading to the Cango Caves.
Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve
Wildehondekloof Private Game reserve situated 40 minutes from Oudtshoorn.
With the magnificent Swartberg Mountains as a backdrop and sweeping views out over the karoo fields, lies Wildehondekloof Private Game Reserve.
Come and share the bounty and breath-taking beauty this 4000-hectare reserve has to offer.
Overberg / Hermanus
Mosaic Lagoon Lodge
Nestled between ocean and towering mountains, this ecological gem is a splendid wilderness filled with unique birds and plants; beach, water and land adventures; creative food; rejuvenating spa and friendly caring service. On the Cape Whale Coast, Mosaic is centrally located to whale watching, marine tours, shark cage diving and exploring the Overberg Wine Region.
Overberg / Van der Stel Pass
Porcupine Hills Guest and Olive Farm
Porcupine Hills Guest and Olive Farm, just 1,5 hours outside of Cape Town, is located in the Overberg along the beautiful Van der Stel Pass. As a partner of the Groenlandberg Conservancy, and a private nature reserve, the farm stands out from it's agricultural neighbours, and guests have the opportunity to explore a diverse flora and fauna during their stay.
BIRD GUIDES AND TOUR OPERATORS
Garden Route and Klein Karoo
A 2 Zebra Adventures
We specialise in small or private on-foot birding experiences in the Garden Route and Klein Karoo areas. Not only do we do birding, but we combine our birding with some fun local activities as well. Activities such as wine-tasting, track and spoor identification and night-time creepy crawly hunts.
Overberg and Cape Winelands
Cheryl and Lester have had over 30 years birding experience in Southern Africa. Originally from Kwa-Zulu Natal, we have now settled in Hermanus, our base for birding trips. We would love to guide you on your birding adventures through the Overberg and Beyond.