Cata Cultural Village is a small village situated at the foot of the Amatola Mountain range which has been identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) due to the endangered and range restricted birds that occur here. Recently efforts have been made to develop tourism in the village and a number of amenities exist for the tourist or day visitor. An overnight stop is recommended to fully enjoy the village and make the most of the early morning forest birding on offer.
Besides the Cape Parrot a number of forest and grassland bird species may be ticked. The Cape Parrot Walking Trails provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the forests and grasslands or opt for a heritage trail to the village toposcope and an introduction to the history of Cata village. To gain the best of your time here it is recommended that you hire one of the local guides to share their intimate knowledge of their village, wildlife and birdlife with you.
A visit to Cata can be combined with a stopover in the nearby village of Hogsback and the road from Keiskammahoek linking Hogsback via Sandile Dam is well worth the drive.
Cata Cultural Village museum curator: Boniswa Tontsi
Oyster Bay Lodge is located between Tsitsikamma and Port Elizabeth. It lies within a beautiful Coastal Reserve (235 ha) and incorporates magnificent dunes, woods, river deltas, beaches, wetlands, lagoons, free roaming horses and an extensive bird life.
A variety of activities like horse riding on the beach, hiking trails on the Coastal Reserve, sand boarding, family or romantic picnics and bird-watching will give our guest the opportunity to experience the Coastal Reserve. Our private and unspoiled sandy beachfront of 3.5 km makes Oyster Bay Lodge a little paradise in the Eastern Cape.
This four star graded luxury lodge is situated on a natural, coastal reserve between Tsitsikamma and Port Elizabeth along the malaria free Garden Route in South Africa.
Our luxury accommodation and B&B accommodation consists of luxury 'Cape Dutch' chalets and comfortable guestrooms with optional services and an exciting variety of activities and adventures on the property and the surrounding area.
Our guests can relax at the freshwater swimming pool or enjoy a drink in the ocean viewing bar. After having viewed the sunset from our relaxing bar, our hosts will take you through to our cosy restaurant where you can enjoy excellent cuisine.
After a good night's rest you will be woken up by sounds of the Indian Ocean and fauna of our Coastal Reserve. Enjoy a delicious and healthy a la carte breakfast before exploring the private sandy beach and hiking trails.
Oyster Bay Lodge offers internet facilities and excellent mobile phone reception for the business traveller and those wanting to keep in touch with friends and family.
To follow the news "at home" a satellite television is available in our lounge and ocean viewing bar for your convenience.
Claire Kloka and Danielle Benson
Come birding in the coastal bush on Port Alfred’s most historic view site! We have three charming cottages which are generously equipped, comfortable, private and include weekday servicing & laundry.
Richmond House is a 7-acre hilltop estate on the west bank of the Kowie River. It commands views of the river mouth, piers and East Beach, and has an illustrious 175-year-old history, because the property was originally owned by the Hon William Cock, 1820 settler, who in the 1840s ‘moved’ the river and built the harbour.(A Museum on site, also a concert venue, houses salvaged artefacts and the story of what was formerly ‘The Castle’.)
Enjoy our indigenous garden and bush and stunning views of the river and beach - both a quick walk away. Our Boma is a deck built among the trees affording a perfect birding base. Stroll from there around the garden where bird baths of leadwood stumps attract a variety of feathered visitors, or just relax on your cottage patio where large erythrina and fig trees ensure that the birds visit you. Check off our 65 birds (and help us add to the list!).
Our ‘specials’ include the Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Dark-backed Weaver and African Harrier-Hawk. In winter the aloes are a riot of sunbirds, owls sometimes visit on summer evenings and the Knysna Turaco is a year-round resident.
Birding activities in the area:
Both Fig Tree Cottage and Ship Ahoy Cottage are perfect for a couple or small family: two bedrooms each (twin and double beds). Each has one full bathroom (bath and shower) and an outside shower open to trees and stars. Kitchens have automatic dishwashers. Sandymount Cottage, closest to the Boma is a bed-sitter with bathroom and shower and covered verandah, ideal for a single guest or couple. From R775pp depending on cottage and season. Visit Website: www.richmondhousecottages.com
Port Alfred is on the Sunshine Coast, 90mins equidistant from East London and Port Elizabeth airports.
Enquiries and bookings:
072 237 6604 or 046-624 8543
50% deposit to secure the booking. Balance payable on arrival.
Walkerbouts Inn - Rhodes was established almost two decades ago by the proprietor, Dave Walker. It is located on the same site as the original farmhouse on the farm "Tintern" on which the village of Rhodes was established in 1891. It is in an elevated position on the western side of Rhodes on a quiet cul-de-sac with a stunning view across the village.
Attending trade shows such as Indaba, Hooked on Fishing, the Grahamstown Festival, Getaway shows and many others on behalf of the local tourism industry, Walker was accordingly nicknamed "Walkabout" by Leon Isted, a late great friend from the farm Bidstone who is sorely missed. On establishing the venue, it was a natural conclusion that the name should be a corruption of the nickname and became "Walkerbouts Inn - Rhodes".
A number of bird species can be seen in the Highlands and Walkerbouts is an ideal venue from which "twitchers" can venture into the mountains to seek their next "tick". The network of roads from Rhodes places one in ideal locations to view these specialities. Orange-breasted rock-jumpers and Ground woodpeckers on the concrete pass in the Carlisleshoekspruit. Drakensberg siskins and Sickle wings on the plateau on the Naudesnek Pass route. Black Harriers on the Ben McDhui plateau. Bearded vultures in the Donkerhoek vicinity and many more species, all within an easy drive from Rhodes. A good field guide and binoculars is essential.
Walkerbouts was awarded a 3-star rating by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. It has six en-suite bedrooms complete with wall-mounted panel heaters and beds fitted with electric blankets to ward off the winter chill. Four of the room's en-suite facilities have showers and the other two have showers in the baths. Four have a double bed with a single bed and the family rooms have a double and two single beds.
The dining room and lounge are heated by a "Jetmaster" fire-place as well as a "Bekkers" anthracite heater. The cosy pub, whose walls could tell many stories also has a wood-fired pizza oven adding another dimension and providing an alternative and to the wholesome country fare served in the dining room. More specialised victuals such as vegetarian meals can be prepared by prior arrangement.
We pride ourselves on giving guests personal attention including special dietary arrangements, ensuring that they enjoy their stay with us. Well behaved pets are also welcome to share the delights of the experience.
Rhodes is a historic village known for its scenic beauty, quietness and tranquillity Rhodes is located in the Eastern Cape Highlands, near the escarpment at the southernmost end of the mighty Drakensberg mountain range in the magisterial district of Barkly East. It is 1821m above sea-level and is 16km due south of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
The village is surrounded by the towns of Elliot, Maclear and Ugie below the escarpment and above the escarpment, Barkly East lies 60km by road to the west of Rhodes.