our highest-ranking establishments, Afton
Grove Country Retreat in Noordhoek excels in
high standards of service and accommodation and is conveniently
situated in the heart of the Cape Peninsula, close to
a number of prime birding spots and the pelagic departure
enquire about availability or to book, please use this
Award winning 4 star Afton Grove Country Retreat is well
known for their exceptional service and attention to detail.
Owners have created a haven for visitors where the
little things are important (have a look at their
Arum Lily frog picture!).
Perfectly positioned midway between Cape Town and Cape
Point, Afton Grove offers guests easy access to all must
see attractions, white sandy beaches, superb restaurants
and the nearby winelands.
B&B, self-catered and wheelchair friendly accommodation
is offered in charming cottages set in a pristine garden.
World-renowned omelettes and scrumptious country breakfasts.
Birder friendly: Besides the obvious
advantage of being Birder Friendly, guest’s find
the location especially convenient as it is situated in
the Table Mountain National Park. Afton
Grove is ideally located for birders wanting to explore
the varied habitats of the Cape.
The 2 acre garden and the wetland opposite affords an
opportunity to identify a number of bird species including
a number of Southern African endemics (visit the section
on birding on our website for more details). From mountain
fynbos to lowland fynbos, western strandveld to renosterveld,
streams, lakes & wetlands to ocean & shore and
finally afromantane forest, the Cape has it all.
“Area specials” include
African Penguin, Bank Cormorant, African Black Oystercatcher,
Cape Sugarbird, Ground Woodpecker, Cape Rockjumper, Orangebreasted
Sunbird, Cape Siskin, Knysna Warbler, Victorin’s
Warbler and a host of other specials including the chance
of seeing up to 8 species of Albatross on a single pelagic
There are numerous nearby birding attractions: Pelagic
trips departures from nearby Simonstown (year round and
weather dependant www.capetownpelagics.com).
Other popular birding hotspots include Kirstenbosch Botanical
Gardens, Rondevlei Nature Reserve, Strandfontein Sewage
Works, Kommetjie coastline & Cape of Good Hope Nature
Reserve all within easy reach.
Your Hosts: Chris and Louise Spengler
are keen birders themselves. They are able to share with
you their knowledge and advice on local “stake-outs”
and will eagerly await guests report backs on their sightings.
Rates: Please enquire. Different room
types are available from Garden Room (B&B), Garden
Cottages (B&B), Honeymoon Suite (B&B) or Luxury
Self Cater (sleeps 4 max) and Standard Self Cater (sleeps
To enquire about availability, please use this
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Gibbs reports back from Gough
Island! Read the blog!
26/09/09: New Cape
Town Pelagics trip report from trips of 12 and 19 September
Birdwatching Fair at Rutland Water proved very successful,
with sunny weather and over 20,000 visitors. Callan's "Birding
Namibia and the Okavango" was the most highly-attended
lecture on the Saturday, with over 240 people. Congratulations
to the winners of the Birding Africa competition and the
African Bird Club raffle that we helped sponsor!
12/08/09: New Cape
Town Pelagics trip reports from August and July 2009.
Shearwater and more!
sub-adult Black Sarrowhawk visits our garden again! Read
on about Raptor Research in the Western Cape.
Town's Verreauxs' Eagle Chick has grown! And its sibling
never had a chance to hatch. See the pictures of the chick,
its nest and the breeding pair. Find out more about the Western
Cape Raptor Research Programme.
27/07/09: To follow modern nomenclature and systematics, we've
adopted the IOC
World Bird List, Version 2.1.
13/07/09: The 8th
African Bird ID Challenge has launched! Win a 50% discount
on a Cape Town Pelagics
trip, a copy of Southern
African Birdfinder, or African
Bird Club membership for 1 year.
6 July 09: Cape
White-eye research in our garden.
2 July 09: Cape
Town's Verreauxs' Eagle Chick has hatched! See the pictures
of the chick, its nest and the breeding pair. Find out more
about the Western Cape Raptor Research Programme.
2 July 09: Campbell
Fleming, a Cape Town scholar, avid birder and photographer,
joined Birding Africa last month as an intern. Click here,
to see what he got up to.
2 July 09: New pelagic
trip reports from the Cape Town Pelagics trips in June
2009. Highlights: Slenderbilled
Prion and Leach's Storm Petrel
30 july 09: Our latest Cape Fynbos and Karoo trip
reports feature Hottentot
Warbler and other fynbos and Karoo endemics...
26 June 09: Tungsten
mining threatens RAMSAR site, South Africa's Verlorenvlei.
Read the Media Release.
22 June 09: Claire
Spottiswoode, one of the Cape Birding Route founders,
was part of the exploratory team at Mount Mabu. The mountain
is part of the newly discovered largest
rainforest in Southern Africa.
11 June 09: A colour-ringed
Black Sparrowhawk visits the Birding Africa office garden.
Read why it's a 10 months old male!
14 June 09:
at the office of The Cape Birding Route, Birding Africa
and Cape Town Pelagics.
31 May 09:
Michel Watelet wins the 7th African Bird Club & Birding Africa
ID Challenge. Test your African birding skills and WIN
Africa Cape town day trip or a copy of the Birdfinder!
30 May 09:
A tragedy unfolds at Kommetjie south of Cape town as 44 beached
Killer Whales were shot. Click here for more details and
14 March 09: Raptor
Watch in Cape Town on 14 March 09