Western Cape, Garden Route – Leeukloof

    About the Birding

    Birders visiting Leeukloof should explore the area early in the morning or late in the afternoon for the best birding experience. The grasslands are ideal for spotting Blue Cranes and Denham’s Bustards, especially during their active periods. These areas are also frequented by various LBJ’s (little brown jobbies). The forested sections provide a different birding experience, with the Knysna Woodpecker being a highlight. Look and listen for the distinctive tapping sounds that indicate their presence. The Knysna Warbler is another elusive species found in the dense undergrowth of forests, so patience and keen observation skills are essential for spotting them.

    Birders should also explore the edges of the forests and fynbos areas, as these habitats attract different bird species. The African Paradise Flycatcher is often seen darting between trees, while the Southern Boubou can be heard calling from the thickets. The fynbos patches are home to the Orange-breasted Sunbird and Cape Sugarbird, which feed on the nectar of flowering fynbos. The Swee Waxbill can be found in these areas as well, often in small flocks. Birders should move quietly and listen carefully for bird calls to maximize their chances of spotting these species.

    About the Birding Site

    Leeukloof is characterised by its diverse habitats, including grasslands, forests, and fynbos. The terrain is varied, with rolling hills and valleys, providing excellent vantage points for birdwatching. The area is also home to several water sources, attracting a variety of bird species. Visitors can expect to see a wide range of bird species, from fynbos specialists to forest-dwelling birds. The site offers a peaceful and scenic birding experience, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

    In the adjacent valley, to the southeast of Leeukloof, is the popular Littlestone Cottage, providing a relaxed and tranquil birding experience with predominantly forest-type species.

    Other Related Information

    Northern point: -33.9203, 22.0416, & southern point: -33.9689, 22.0669.
    The Robertson Pass birding route is only 5km away from the northern point.
    Littlestone Cottage is at -33.963, 22.0834.

    Key species:

    Blue Crane, Southern Boubou, Black-headed Oriole, Knysna Woodpecker, Knysna Warbler, African Paradise Flycatcher, Forest Canary, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, and Swee Waxbill.

    Contact details:

    Littlestone Cottage
    Website: http://littlestonecottage.co.za.www62.jnb2.host-h.net/index.php
    Email: laaiplaats@gmail.com
    Tel: +27(0)72 536 7544

    Text prepared by:
    Rudi Minnie
    Cell: +27 (0)72 837 0242
    Email: rudi.minnie@gmail.com