Birding

Our region provides a home to many threatened animal and bird species.

 

And we’re making it as easy as possible for you to see them.

 

BIRD VIEWING

Game and bird viewing in the Nuwejaars Wetlands area:

We arrange trips to view the wildlife and the birds found in the Nuwejaars Wetlands Special Management Area. While you’ll see some of our region’s wonderful game, you’ll also spot some of the very special bird species that occur here (like the threatened Blue Crane, Denham’s Bustard, Southern Black Korhaan as well as many unusual species that pop in here, such as Goliath Heron, Black Stork and Great Egret), and of course the rich and threatened vegetation they live in.

Join our Nuwejaars Wildlife Guided Tours (tours closed for the winter season)

Booking is essential

  book@nuwejaars.com
  076 833 6341

Looking for something a little simpler?

A drive through the Nuwejaars Wetlands area will showcase some of the fantastic bird life found here. We’re part of a Birdlife South Africa Important Bird and Biodiversity Area. And they’ve highlighted the critical habitats that occur here, and the importance of protecting these.

We work closely with Birdlife, the Agulhas Plains Birding Project and other partners to protect and monitor our bird life.

Regionally threatened species here include:

 

Z African Marsh Harrier

Z Lanner Falcon

Z African Grass Owl

Z Greater Flamingo

Z Southern Black Korhaan

Z Agulhas Long-billed Lark

Z Striped Flufftail

Z Greater Painted-snipe

Some interesting and unusual sightings include:

 

Z Montagu’s Harrier

Z African Goshawk

Z Amur Falcon

Z Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk

Z Wattled Starling

Z Tambourine Dove

Z Lemon Dove

Z African Black Swift

Z Amethyst Sunbird

Z Blue-cheeked Bee-Eater

Z European Roller

Z European Honey Buzzard

Z Kori Bustard

Z White-Rumped Sandpiper

Z Gull Billed Tern

Z Swee Waxbill

 

In fact, the Agulhas Plains Birding Project has identified 235 species here – with this list growing all the time.

You can visit any of our NWSMA members who are open to the public (restaurants, coffee shops and accommodation), and you’ll undoubtedly see a variety of bird life.

Or take a drive through our area. Some proposed routes include:

  • The R43 from Bredasdorp to Elim
  • The R319 from Bredasdorp to Struisbaai
  • Gravel road connecting the R43 to the R319 (past Voëlvlei and Zoetendalsvlei)

(Remember – our members live on private property, and you would need to obtain permission to enter private property).

Globally threatened bird species

we’re watching closely include:

Z Lesser Flamingo
Z Blue Crane
Z Denham’s Bustard
Z Southern Black Korhaan
Z Secretarybird
Z Martial Eagle
Z Black Harrier
Z Fynbos Buttonquail

Our partners

The Agulhas National Park, and the De Mond Nature Reserve, are both wonderful birding destinations. Look out for the Damara Tern, Pacific Golden Plover and American Golden Plover (at De Mond) and the Blue-cheeked Bee-Eater (in the Agulhas National Park).

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Black Oystercatcher Cottages

The Black Oystercatcher offers 4 self-catering cottages, on the road between Bredasdorp and Elim. The cottages overlook the Agulhas Plain – and from here you can eat delicious meals and taste wine at the Black Oystercatcher Restaurant, or visit local sights.

 028 482 1618

Klipfontein Keep

This house is situated on the beautiful Klipfontein Farm – a birder’s paradise (and also just down the road from Struisbaai). The house sleeps 10 – and visitors can walk, enjoy the game (including eland), cycle, or just enjoy the setting.

 028 424 1990

Strandveld Vineyards

Strandveld is the home of the First Sighting and Strandveld wines. The winery has two cottages – both with an indoor fireplace, and kitchen facilities, en-suite bathrooms, not to mention wonderful garden views. Conveniently located close to Elim and Struisbaai.

 028 482 1902

Langrug Lodge

This farm cottage is a perfect combination of old and modern. It has two bedrooms, with en-suite bathrooms. The cottage is situated on the Zoetendalsvlei - you'll enjoy the views from the kitchen. There's no electricity here; this getaway is about connecting with nature.

 028 424 1990

Haze Vlakte Self-Catering Accommodation 

This self-catering accommodation is situated next to the Nuwejaars River, in the heart of the Nuwejaars Wetlands SMA. This accommodation offers three upmarket four sleeper units. Each unit has a bath/shower, one bedroom with a double bed and two single beds in the lounge area. This is the ideal space to enjoy a braai while watching an amazing sunset. 

 082 789 8422

Zoetendal Vineyards Accommodation 

This Zoetendal Estate offers luxury accommodation with a range of activities available to visitors. The Manor House has 6 bedrooms, or stay in the Farm Cottage, which has 2 bedrooms. Your stay here includes a full breakfast prepared by a private chef, a dedicated butler, wine tastings and an exclusive menu to cater for your dietary needs. 

 072 854 1720

Rehoboth Guest House 

Rehoboth Guest House is a farm-style home away from home in the small historic town of Elim in the Overberg. The Guest House sleeps 8 people (4 beds, 3 bathrooms), perfect for a breakaway from life’s hustle and bustle! From here, you can visit the watermill and the old Elim Church (and see its clock that dates back to 1757).

Email: lunettecoetzee76@gmail.com

Elim Guest House

Book your room to stay in the Elim Guest House in the wonderful town of Elim. Whether visiting friends and family, taking a weekend break, passing through for business purposes or stopping over on the Cape Whale Route, this guest house offers everything you need for an enjoyable stay in a beautiful setting.

Email: elimgastehuis@gmail.com

Donors and partners

 

To our donors over the past financial year, we are incredibly grateful. Thank you for your support, enabling us to protect this irreplaceable area, and improve lives here:

 

 

Donors and partners

To our donors over the past financial year, we are incredibly grateful. Thank you for your support, enabling us to protect this irreplaceable area, and improve lives here:

 

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