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One of 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 point. To enquire about availability or to book, please use this Booking Form.

Afton Cottages, lush Garden and Pool
Accommodation: 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.

...relaxation comes naturally…

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 outing.

There are numerous nearby birding attractions: Pelagic trips departures from nearby Simonstown (year round and weather dependant 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 2 max).

To enquire about availability, please use this Booking Form.

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27/09/09: Dalton 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 2009.

30/08/09: British 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. Highlights: Little Shearwater and more!

07/08/09: The sub-adult Black Sarrowhawk visits our garden again! Read on about Raptor Research in the Western Cape.

27/07/09: 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 Buttonquail, Cinnamon-breasted 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:
Wildlife 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 a Birding 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 False Killer Whales were shot. Click here for more details and pictures.

14 March 09: Raptor Watch in Cape Town on 14 March 09