Magoebaskloof Birders’ Cottage Accommodation


Magoebaskloof Birders’ Cottages are located on Dragonwyck Farm in the Magoebaskloof (near Haenertsburg) on the edge of the Limpopo Drakensberg escarpment.  Historically the valley was mainly grassland with acacia and kiaat trees dotted about with patches of mist belt forest in ravines and along river lines.  Today, much of the forests remain and the grasslands are mostly planted with avocado, macadamia and bluegums.

The accommodation is accessed by a 2km dirt road. The road is not suitable for very low profile cars. View a section of the road at The property is usually below the mountain mist yet out of the intense lowveld heat. We can experience very wet conditions in summer.

Dragonwyck Farm is a working farm producing avocados and indigenous plants. We practise natural farming methods and  have many birds and animals coexisting with us on the farm. We do our best to offer our guests peace and quiet and the opportunity to get the most enjoyment from our environment. Each cottage is surrounded by indigenous plants providing the ideal habitat for many birds and animals. There are walks on the farm which follow the streams and provide access to escarpment forest.

Woodbush Forest, one of the premier birding spots in South Africa, is a short drive away. Scenic drives in the district offer excellent bird watching. Fishing and adventure activities are available in the Haenertsburg area. We have three self catering cottages. 


Robin Cottage  is a two bedroom unit. The main bedroom has a bath, shower and toilet tucked into a very private garden outside. The second bedroom has a double bed on the mezzanine level and two single beds on the lower floor. Robin has a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove, fridge-freezer and microwave. All linen and towels are provided. Hot water is supplied by a wood-burning geyser. Robin Cottage has a splash pool.

Narina  Cottage  has a single bedroom with a double bed plus a large couch in the bedroom suitable for younger children. It has a built- in braai/fireplace in the rondavel. The rondavel braai is perfect for those cold and wet Magoebaskloof days. Narina Cottage has an inside shower and a private outside double bath.   It is fully equipped for self-catering with a gas stove, fridge/freezer, microwave and kitchen utensils. Linen and towels are provided.  Narina is not serviced daily. Hot water is supplied by a wood burning donkey(geyser).  

Trogon Cottage has a single bedroom and can have either a King size bed or two single beds depending on guests requirements. The inside fireplace is designed to be also used as a braai when it is cold and wet. Trogon Cottage has an inside shower and double bath with a private double bath outside.   It is fully equipped for self-catering with a gas stove, fridge/freezer, microwave and kitchen utensils. Linen and towels are provided.  Trogon is not serviced daily. Hot water is supplied by a wood burning donkey(geyser). 

Trogon Cottage has a splash pool.

The cottages are no-smoking zones and smokers are kindly requested to smoke outside. Unfortunately no pets are allowed.  


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