Magoebaskloof Birders' Cottages

Magoebaskloof Accommodation. Self catering                         


In 2014, five out of the top ten open category Birding Big Day  teams centred their efforts in the  Woodbush forest. The top team, Zonke Inyoni, ticked 311 birds. Within 50km of woodbush there are a number of different vegetative types. The birding areas referred to below, cover forests, grassland, dry thornveld and riverine habitats.

  •  Dragonwyck Farm falls in the 2350_3000 pentad of the Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2. The SABAP website lists 130 birds in the pentad. Link   Our list for the farm is 107 birds.   There are walking trails on the farm where you should lookout for Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Olive Bush-Shrike, Narina Trogon, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Olive Thrush, Orange Ground-Thrush, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Green Twinspot, Mountain Wagtail, Forest Buzzard, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, White-starred Robin-Chat , Chorister Robin-Chat, Blue-Mantled Crested flycatcher, Barrats Warbler and Black Saw-wing.
  •  Swartbos Trail This excellent trail is situated right next to Dragonwyck farm. A 3km trail passes through mistbelt forest.   Printable map here. Link
  • Woodbush forest, one of the premier birding spots in South Africa, is a short drive away in the adjacent valley.   Printable map here. Link
  • Haenertsburg Common   The Louis Changuion trail (10km ) passes through grassland and forest patches of the Haenertsburg Common.      Printable map here.   Link
  • Serala Drive  This drive takes you through the Haenertsburg rain shadow characterised by dry thornveld. It then climbs up into the Wolkberg mountains and offers wonderful views of the Wolkberg Wilderness area from the Serala picnic site..   Printable map here Link
  • Stakeout for Bathawks in Agatha.
  • Wolkberg Forest Belt.  fact sheet on birds of our area from Birdlife SA here Link
  • SABAP Link to Magoebaskloof pentad   Link

Brendan Ryan