Birding Accommodation in Southern Africa

WesternCape, EasternCape, NorthernCape, KwazuluNatal, Gauteng, Limpopo Province, NorthWest, Mpumalanga, FreeState

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Establishments with a particular interest in accommodating birders are invited to submit details for inclusion.

Western Cape


Serpentine Manor, situated just outside the quaint village of Wilderness, is located at the beginning of the Pied Kingfisher Trail, surrounded by ebb and Flow National Parks Board, and between several bird hides. Not he vegetation on this historic property varies between Vlei, old yellowwood trees, and the Serpentine River close by. The birdlife includes African Fish Eagles, Paradise Flycatchers, Cape Eagle Owls, several Kingfishers and on. A list is available on our website We offer 5 self catering luxury suites, ranging from a garden Rondavel, to our Honeymoon Suite. We are also visited by Peter the tortoise, Bush Buck and Bush Pig, Caracal and African Wildcat, and others. Wether you stay for 2 nights, or a month, there is always something to experience!

AFTON GROVE COUNTRY RETREAT (4 star graded - AA Superior) - The finest birding destination in the Table Mountain National Park, owned & run by birders for birders - Quality BnB & self catered accommodation in an ideal location. Used regularly by more than 20 birding tour operators world-wide. Groups of up to 24 pax catered. Resident Western Leopard Toad (IUCN Red list species). Birding starts in our own 2 acre back garden with wetland opposite. Kommetjie & Simonstown 10 minutes drive. Ideal Cape base from which to explore all popular birding habitats, pelagics & endemics. Lists, maps & advice given. Excellent restaurants nearby. Special discounts applicable to BLSA members & groups. Visit our birding section on our comprehensive website at


Indian Yellownosed AlbatrossGround WoodpeckerCape Rockjumper (male)Orangebreasted Sunbird (male)

Owner birders Patrick & Marie Louise Cardwell run a birder friendly guesthouse above the penguin colony in the Western Cape and offer tailored tours in search of local endemics throughout Southern Africa. The accommodation is 4-star self-catering.

Fax/Tel +27 (0)21 786 1414
Mobile: +27 83 272 2455
Skype: mlcardwell

We have an abundance of animal- and bird life on our wine farm in the exciting Voor-Paardeberg wine ward, which lies between Paarl and Malmesbury. In addition to the smaller species, you can enjoy the company of Bontebok, Eland, Springbok, Gemsbok, Wildebeest and Zebra. It is a bird watcher's paradise with a large number of different bird species, especially  waterfowl, on our large dam.
Our 4-Star cottage, which was built in the early 1800's, was recently restored and is in the veld, surrounded by large trees and beautiful scenery. It is self-catering, which means that we provide virtually everything except food and drink, but we can also arrange that if required. You'll have two en suite bedrooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds.  There is a fully equipped kitchen, living area and a large traditional fireplace.
Enjoy the tranquility and privacy of your own luxury cottage while you enjoy birding, or go fishing for blue kurper, ride your  mountain bike in the reserve and on the farm, take wonderful photos, row on the dam or go wine tasting on the Paarl wine route.
Our farm is 12 km from Paarl, 40 km from Stellenbosch, 70 km from Cape Town.
Contact us for more information, rates and bookings through our website (, or email us at You're also welcome to call us at +27 (0)21 853 4839. Visitors can check in from 15:00 and check out time on your last day is 12:00, but depending on circumstances, we can be flexible.

GPS Co-ordinates: S33"37'47.28 E18"51'55.08

FALCONS' REST GUEST LODGE  is situated on the hillside in the Langebaan Country Club area and the views are magnificent. The tranquility is second to none and early morning birdsong is usually the alarm clock! The 12 spacious, comfortable, en suite guest rooms/suites are beautifully furnished.

At the southern end of the lagoon, the wetlands, surrounding nesting grounds and islands are a proclaimed Ramsar Site by virtue of the numbers and variety of waders, migrants, vagrants - a Birder's paradise. Hiking trails, bird, game and whale watching can be arranged with local specialist guides.  Water sport: windsurfing, canoeing, fishing, sailing, leisure boat trips are all available nearby. Contact Jenny Howells, Tel / Fax: (022) 772 1112,  or

LANGEBAAN BEACH HOUSE. On the beach in central Langebaan. Large en-suite rooms with TV, central dining room and lounge, spacious grounds and pool. Walk to shops and restaurants, or enjoy the beach. 5 minutes drive to park entrance, and 20 minutes to Geelbek hide. Tel (022) 7722625. e-mail:

Masescha Country Estate offers birding from your deck as it is situated on 11 hectares of garden forest and 7 dams attracting a wide variety of birds.

We are conveniently close to the birding hotspots of  Plettenberg Bay. Knysna, Natures Valley and Wilderness to base yourselves for a huge variety of sightings.

Various comfortable well equipped accommodation options are available for couples ,friends, small or large groups either on a self catering or bed and breakfast basis. All linen towels toiletries are included spotlessly clean and braai facilities available.

The property is very secluded, quiet and tranquil the only noise being the sound of birdsong or monkeys on the roof  a great place to relax and chill out.

Tel/Fax: +27 44 532 7647

BITOU RIVER LODGE B&B is just ten minutes drive from Plettenberg Bay. All the rooms in this farmhouse-style B&B overlook the Bitou River. They are en-suite, with own entrance, patio, TV and bar-fridge. Canoes are provided for the guests to explore the wetland area with its wonderful birdlife. Other activities include hiking and a mountain-bike trail in the area. Dinner reservations can be arranged and braai facilities are also available.

Wonderlings B&B is an established 4-star B&B, picturesquely poised between the sea and the mountains, in the quiet village of Rooi Els. Your hosts, Jenny and Koos, are retired academics who will welcome you to their architect-designed home that incorporates a private entrance to one of 2 upstairs suites, positioned to exploit the breathtaking view over their fynbos garden and False Bay. Just over an hours drive from Cape Town, the setting is spectacular and the birding relatively easy. As part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and within the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, the area comprises a botanically diverse selection of fynbos, and incorporates habitats from tidal zone through mountain fynbos to rugged cliffs. Specials such as the Cape Sugarbid, various sunbirds, Cape Bulbul and Cape Rock-thrush regularly visit our garden and can be seen from the comfort of your balcony. An easy walk along a gravel road brings you to one of the best places to find and photograph the charismatic Cape Rock-jumper, and a stroll along the sea will be rewarded with sightings of the rocky shore and pelagic species, sometimes in large numbers.

GPS Co-ordinates:
S34.18099 E18.49158

Your hosts
: Jenny and Koos.
Contact: or visit
Tel: +27 (0)28 273 8961, Fax: +27 (0)28 273 8955, Mobile: 082 896 8152

Indian Yellownosed AlbatrossGround WoodpeckerCape Rockjumper (male)Orangebreasted Sunbird (male)

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