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Magoebaskloof Birders’ Cottage is located on Dragonwyck Farm in the majestic Magoebaskloof, land of the silver mist, on the edge of the Limpopo Drakensberg escarpment and is near to the quaint and picturesque village of Haenertsburg.
The 2 charming mountain cottages on the farm offer comfort, peace, tranquility and the chance to enjoy the natural environment. The cottages are surrounded by indigenous plants which serve as a habitat for many birds and animals.
Dragonwyck Farm practices natural farming methods when producing their avocados and indigenous plants; where birds, animals and people coexist in harmony. There are wonderful walks along the streams which provide access to escarpment forest on the farm.
WIFI hotspot available on the farm.
NOTE: The cottages are accessed by a 2km dirt road which is unsuited for very low profile vehicles. You can view a section of the road at http://youtu.be/aUvsuYwSYAA.
ECO-FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION MAGOEBASKLOOF
Trogon Cottage offers privacy in nature for 2 and makes a lovely honeymoon destination. It has a double bedroom and bathroom with a separate shower; all linen and towels are provided. There is also an outdoor bath nestled discreetly in the shrubbery with magnificent mountain views, as well as a small splash pool.
Hot water is supplied by a wood burning geyser which can be lit for guests at agreed times or they can manage the operation by themselves. The kitchen has a gas stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave and is fully-equipped for self-catering. All of the indoor firewood is supplied; guests however need to bring braaiwood or charcoal if planning on using the cottage braai facilities.
Robin Cottage caters for a family or a larger group and can sleep 7 people. The first bedroom has a double bed and an outdoor en-suite bathroom; both the shower and double bath are in the open but are private whereas the toilet is under cover. The second room has a double bed in the loft with two single beds on the lower level and a full bathroom. Hot water is supplied by a wood burning donkey (geyser) and all linen and towels are provided.
There is a lounge with a fireplace to warm the cottage on chilly days and the kitchen is fully-equipped for self-catering with a gas stove, fridge/freezer, and microwave oven. Firewood is only supplied for use in the indoor fireplace and the donkey; guests will need to bring their own braaiwood or charcoal.Check Availability & Book Online
With a plethora of feathered species in the area, Magoebaskloof Birders’ Cottages are a great base from which to enjoy the magnificent birding the region has to offer. There are walking trails on the farm where one should lookout for Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Olive Bush-Shrike, Narina Trogon, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Olive Thrush, Orange Ground-Thrush, Yellow-throated Woodland-Warbler, Green Twinspot, Mountain Wagtail, Forest Buzzard, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, White-starred Robin , Chorister Robin-Chat, Blue-Mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Barratt’s Warbler and Black Saw-wing. There are also excellent trails and premier birding spots in close proximity.
Five mountain biking trails have been developed which are well marked, well maintained and are of varying distance and technicality. Magoebaskloof Birders’ Cottage guests can join the trails at the Sandford Heights Nursery. Visit Magoebaskloof Tourism for more information and trail maps.
Guests can go for walks on the farm or hike the 3km Swartbos Trail that passes through mistbelt forest, situated right next to Dragonwyck farm. The 10km Louis Changuion trail passes through grassland and forest patches of the Haenertsburg Common. For the more adventurous, there is a 3 day Magoebaskloof Hiking Trail. Slack packing options are available through Magoebaskloof Birders’ Cottage.
GREEN ACTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
♡ Water Wise Practices
♡ Sustainable Energy Acumen
♡ Land Rehabilitation
♡ Community Upliftment
Waste is taken to the local landfill where the separated glass, tin and plastic are handed over for recycling. All hazardous waste such as mercury containing light bulbs and batteries are handed in at a facility that disposes of them in a safe and environmentally responsible way. There are separate bins for guests’ organic waste which is used as mulch and compost for the Avocado trees on the farm.
Elements of the cottages have also been recycled and upcycled, for example, one of the cottages was an old laborers home which has been renovated and the windows in the cottages are second hand.
The cottage gardens are mostly indigenous and they do not require any watering. The natural rainfall also sustains the avocado plantation for at least 10 months of the year and, for the other two months, water-saving micro irrigation is used. The river supplies all water to the farm and reduced flow shower-heads have been installed in the cottages to further conserve this resource.
In order to reduce energy consumption there are gas stoves in the cottages and all light fittings have energy saving bulbs. There are no energy hungry heaters, but rather a lovely fireplace to keep the cottages warm and cozy. Hot water is also created by fire with the donkey. The wood supplied for the fireplace and geyser are pruned avocado branches and bluegums from the farm.
The owner of Magoebaskloof Birder’s Cottage has actively embarked on a continuous effort to eradicate all alien plant species on the land and promote indigenous vegetation. He aims to protect and conserve the beautiful land and natural wildlife for which he is custodian.
Supporting the belief of giving back, the owner of Magoebaskloof Birder’s Cottage is the chairman of the Haenertsburg Care Association which supports the elderly in need within the local community and is actively involved in the charity’s fundraising efforts.