Montusi Mountain Lodge was built in the late 1990s with the natural environment at the forefront of the planning. When establishing the gardens, attracting birds was the goal and that is what has been achieved! The indigenous gardens are home to a plethora of bird life, with the Double Collared Sunbirds and Gurney’s Sugarbirds, Crested Barbets, Mousebirds, Weavers, Widows and Wydahs all bringing life and cheerful chirps to the gardens at different times of the year. The African Hoopoes, Bald Ibis and Thick-knees bring interest to the rolling lawns between the accommodation units, while the Green Wood Hoopoes put on a comical display while probing the thatched roofs and bark of the Acacia Trees.
Moving out of the lodge complex and into the expansive conservation estate, the rolling veldt and surrounding cliffs are home to a family of Ground Hornbills, a pair of Secretary Birds, a Koorhaan, and not too far away, there is a nesting colony of Cape Griffin Vultures. The four dams are home to various kingfisher species, Egyptian and Spurwing Geese, Red-knobbed Coots and other water birds, while the migrant Swifts and Swallows swoop down on insects at the end of a Summer day.
Every building of the lodge was planned to take full advantage of the panoramic mountain views, with the stunning Amphitheatre Mountain providing the perfect backdrop to the Montusi Experience. All the accommodation units are free-standing buildings offering guests privacy and quiet. The lodge dining room offers sumptuous cuisine for all tastes and can accommodate most special dietary requirements.
Between the marvellously comfortable accommodation, fabulous food, many activities and our feathered friends, Montusi is the perfect birders’ getaway.