Greater Plettenberg Bay – Cairnbrogie

About the Birding

A small fee allows access to this working Dairy Farm. Denham’s Bustard, Secretary Bird, Zitting and Wing-snapping Cisticola are found in the fields. The fynbos section can offer up Cape Grassbird. Cape Siskin, Rock Kestrel and Grey-backed Cisticola found towards the cliff section. In this area there is also Forest and Jackal Buzzard, Long-crested Eagle and Yellow-billed Kite (in summer), usually over the adjacent pine plantation.

At the runoff from the milking shed, lookout for African Snipe, African Jacana, Levaillant’s Cisticola, White-faced Whistling Duck, Three-banded Plover, Yellow-billed Duck and Red-billed Teal. Red-capped Lark and Cape Longclaw can be found along this road which can get quite muddy and is best negotiated with 4×4 or high clearance vehicle.

Key species:

Knysna Warbler, Victorin’s Warbler, Knysna Turaco, Knysna Woodpecker, African Rail, Red-chested Flufftail, Glossy Ibis, Cape Siskin, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Karoo Prinia

About the Birding Site

Due to the variety of different habitats, many interesting species can be found on a birding trip to this farm. Waterbirds can be found on the dams and waterworks, grassland birds can be found in the farmland, and forest species can be seen on some of the trails. Up to 80 species is easily possible in a day’s birding at Cairnbrogie.

Other Related Information

Recommended accommodation nearby:
There is a wide range of accommodation available in the Greater Plettenberg Bay area.

Local guide information:
No BirdLife South Africa recognised Birder Friendly tour operators in the area.
Ian Pletzer
Cell: +27 (0)83 357 5267

Cairnbrogie entrance: -34.07954, 23.27966 (

Cairnbrogie entrance fee:

R60 per person.

Open times:

07:30 – 17:00 daily.

Key species:

Denhams Bustard, Black-winged Lapwing, Cape Grassbird, Cape Siskin, Grey-backed Cisticola, African Snipe, Forest Buzzard, Knysna Turaco, Karoo Prinia, Cape Bulbul

Contact details:

Contact Cairnbrogie farm:

Office: +27 (0) 44 533 9192