South of the Village entrance-25.5945 30.7655 ( S 25 35 40.16 E 30 45 55.8821 )
At the entrance of the town across the tar road is a gorge that provides for excellent early morning birding and a very good spot. Climbing down the gorge is not recommended but can be viewed from the north and south side. So brush up on your bird sounds and enjoy a cup of coffee and lots of fresh mountain air. Expect the following bird species: Cape Grassbird, Narina Trogan, Barrett’s Warbler, Sombre Greenbul, African Olive Pigeon, African Paradise Flycatcher, Bush Blackcap, White Starred Robin-Chat, Yellow Throated Woodland Warbler, Bokmakierie, Cape Longclaw, Cape Rock Thrush Malachite Sunbirds, Greater Double Banded Sunbirds, Red-throated Wryneck, Red-eyed Dove, Speckled Pigeon, Dark Capped Bulbul, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Black Cuckoo, Red Chested Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo Shrike, African Emerald Cuckoo.
Kaapschehoop is an under-estimated birding spot not too far from Gauteng and this little gem of a birding spot has a lot to offer. Most of the birding spots can be reached by walking but some of the spots are quicker to reach by vehicle. Access to the Blue Swallow Reserve can only be done on foot. Birders can travel in this reserve by vehicle if accompanied by one of the local bird guides. Note that the plantations are under the control of Komatiland and can only be visited under the supervision of the local guides. Permits are required to reach certain spots but the guides do have access to these spots which makes the process of obtaining permits much easier.
Cost to go to Pear orchard is currently R35 per a person and a key deposit of R100. Permit obtainable from the shop Platanna next to Salvador restaurant. Information brochure available at Bohemian restaurant at entrance to Kaapschehoop.
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