Magoebaskloof Birders’ Cottages are located on Dragonwyck Farm in the Magoebaskloof (near Haenertsburg) on the edge of the Limpopo Drakensberg escarpment. Historically the valley was mainly grassland with acacia and kiaat trees dotted about with patches of mist belt forest in ravines and along river lines. Today, much of the forests remain and the grasslands are mostly planted with avocado, macadamia and bluegums.
Dragonwyck Farm is a working farm producing avocados and indigenous plants. We practise natural farming methods and have many birds and animals coexisting with us on the farm. We do our best to offer our guests peace and quiet and the opportunity to get the most enjoyment from our environment. Each cottage is surrounded by indigenous plants providing the ideal habitat for many birds and animals.
There are walks on the farm which follow the streams and provide access to escarpment forest. Be on the lookout for the following birds on the trails: 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-Chat, Chorister Robin-Chat, Blue-Mantled Crested flycatcher, Barrats Warbler and Black Saw-wing.
Woodbush Forest, one of the premier birding spots in South Africa, is a short drive away. Scenic drives in the district offer excellent bird watching.