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Birding Thursday - bird watching accommodation on Route 62

Looking for the ideal spot for bird watching along SA's Route 62? Look no further than The Retreat at Groenfontein.

Grant and Marie, your hosts at The Retreat at Groenfontein, talk enthusiastically about the many birds to be seen right in their garden.


"At breakfast we see both the Cape weaver and the masked weaver, speckled mousebirds, both the house and Cape sparrow and sometimes Greyheaded sparrow. In summer also the red bishop on our feeding tray.


Fiscal fly-catcher eating cheese


We get the southern boubou and the fiscal flycatcher coming in to eat cheese at the table.

We have been spotting a pair of fairy flycatchers in the top of the fever trees by the verandah and recently a Cape Batis, and also paradise flycatchers.


Three young fly-catchers


We have an abundance of sunbirds in the garden on the aloes, greater and lesser doublecollared, amethyst, malachite, and the orangebreasted has been sighted in our garden!

We also see Cape White-eyes, redwinged starlings, and by the dams a pair of malachite king-fishers, where I have also spotted pied and giant a few times.


Cape rock thrush


We have a resident pair of Cape Rock Thrushes and an Olive Thrush.

In summer the pintailed whydah fights with all the other birds on the feeding tray!

We have spotted Knysna Woodpeckers on one of our trails and breeding black-headed herons in the trees close to the house." 


Black headed heron




Stay at The Retreat at Groenfontein



The Retreat at Groenfontein is a charming Victorian farmhouse set in the scenic, tranquil Groenfontein Valley Conservancy, 20 km from Calitzdorp in the Western Cape. Bedrooms open onto garden patios, while the lounge and dining room, each with a fireplace, open onto the verandah overlooking the sweeping garden and majestic Swartberg mountains. Grant and Marie treat guests to hearty breakfasts and home-cooked dinners. Peaceful walks in the country or climb the foothills of the Swartberg. 

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