Potkook Mountain Experience

About the Accommodation

Potkook Mountain Experience is situated 17 km outside Aurora, on 1200 hectares of fynbos at an altitude of 800 m, on the western Piketberge. We offer all-inclusive accommodation, with comfort, humble charm, and simplicity at the heart of the design. You can relax on our wide verandah or at the Eco pool in comfortable chairs, where you will spot many of the species from the homestead and immediate surrounds. We offer 25km of well marked trails that are suitable for walking, trail running and mountain biking, which brings you amongst mature protea stands, seasonal water streams and higher up on The Hand trail more grasslands. Other animals you might spot is the klipspringer, Cape grysbok, Cape fox, Bat -eared fox, hyrax, honey badger, grey mongoose and Cape leopard.

Potkook Mountain Experience is a privately owned and owner managed establishment.

About the Birding

Recognised as one of the more elusive fynbos endemics, the Protea Canary is common throughout Potkook. It is often seen away from protea stands, conspicuous by its distinctive song, and is known to drink at drinking spots and features near the accommodation. Another tricky fynbos endemic, Cape Siskin, is common in its preferred open, rocky fynbos habitat. The males’ white-tipped wings and tail are good field characteristics, as is their typical tri-syllabic flight call. Abundant and conspicuous, the endemic Cape Sugarbird and Orange-breasted Sunbird are eminently approachable, although numbers fluctuate with protea and tubular erica (heath) flowering periods, respectively. Found in the rocky areas throughout Potkook, the Ground Woodpecker is often first located by its harsh, far-carrying calls but is commonly seen in small groups throughout the region. The locally nomadic, Freckled Nightjar has been recorded from rocky outcrops and boulders in Potkook and from the wider mountain area, and at least one pair of Verreaux’s Eagle is resident in the surrounding cliffs.

Key species:
Protea (Seedeater) Canary; Cape Siskin; Orange-breasted Sunbird; Cape Sugarbird; Ground Woodpecker; Freckled Nightjar; Verreaux’s Eagle.

Contact details:

Potkook Mountain Experience

Website: https://potkook.co.za/
Phone number: +27 (0)82 473 6716
Email: info@potkook.co.za
Social media links: https://www.instagram.com/potkook_mountain_experience/

GPS Point: 32°43’21″S 18°34’15″E
Number and street: OP7800
Suburb/area: Aurora
Province: Western Cape, 7325