Greater Plettenberg – Bay Rietvlei Dam, White Horse Dam and Rietvlei Road Polo Fields and Emily Moon

About the Birding

Rietvlei dam (-34.0195, 23.3801) on Rievlei road, just past Buco, is a good place for Cape Shoveler, Southern Pochard, Blue-billed Teal, African Swamphen, African Darter, Black-crowned Night Heron, Grey Heron and on occasions Goliath Heron.

Summer visitors include numerous Barn Swallows, but keep a lookout for Sand, Common House and Banded Martin on the telephone wires above the reeds on Rietvlei Gravel Road. African Rail and Red-chested Flufftail can be heard calling in the thick reed beds as well as Little Rush and Lesser Swamp Warblers.

The White Horse Dam (-34.0190, 23.3668) is a good spot for Grey and sometimes Goliath Herons. African Darter, Yellow-billed Duck, Red-billed Teal, Common Moorhen and Little Grebe are found around the Dam. In the forest behind the dam, listen out for Klaas’s, Diederik Cuckoo as well as Olive Bush Shrike. Grey Sunbird, Red-faced Mousebird and Cardinal Woodpecker are also seen in this area.

From the parking lot at Emily Moon River Lodge (-34.0108, 23.3737) – a glorious view over the Bitou awaits. Western Osprey, African Fish Eagle, Mallard, Eurasian Whimbrel and Reed and White-breasted Cormorant can be seen. Pied and Giant Kingfisher can also be on the wires above the river. In March/April you made be lucky so see the Sooty Falcon that has been visiting these parts for a few years now. Klaas’s Cuckoo, Spotted Flycatcher, Southern Tchagra, Southern Boubou, Black Cuckooshrike, Brown-hooded Kingfisher and Pin-tailed Whydah can also be seen in the gardens.

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

The Plettenberg Bay Region covers the area from Harkerville off the N2, then along the airport road to Robberg Nature Reserve, through the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, and then joining back on the N2 past the Sewage Treatment Plant, Riettvlei dam and road to Emily Moon and the Bitou River Valley to Uplands on the R340, as well as the Keurbooms River.

Indigenous forest, fynbos, coastal rocky cliffs, urban gardens, wetlands, grasslands, and estuary ensures a wide range of habitat around this beautiful birding area between Knysna and Tsitsikamma.

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

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
Email: Pletzer.Ian@gmail.com

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Text prepared by:
Ian Pletzer, BirdwatchPlett & Outeniqua Birding

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

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