Sedgefield, Western Cape – Simbavati Fynbos on Sea
About the Birding
Driving up from the gate to the main lodge and bistro, one passes through stunning Milkwood or Dune Forest. Here, numerous specials should be looked out for such as Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher and Olive Bushshrike. Red-necked Spurfowl might be seen crossing the road at any point.
Around the main lodge and bistro, open fields provide habitat for Cape Longclaw and Bokmakierie which should be looked out for.
Numerous trails of varying lengths wind around the reserve, and these put one into the key habitats of Fynbos on Sea.
Most of the reserve is covered in moist Fynbos, where one should look out for Cape Grassbird and Karoo Prinia, while Cape Bulbul is around often too.
Areas of thicket hold Black Cuckooshrike and an assortment of seedeaters such as Swee Waxbill, Brimstone Canary, and Streaky-headed Seedeater. Cape Spurfowl can also be seen, which can be confused with the Red-necked Spurfowl.
About the Birding Site
Fynbos on sea offers a handful of walking and mountain bike trails, which goes through a variety of habitats. Milkwood or Dune Forest and moist coastal fynbos make up most of the habitat at Fynbos on Sea, however patches of thicket, proteas, coastline, as well as gorgeous views onto the Swartvlei estuary offer a wide variety of species. In a Summer morning, over 50 species is easily possible.
Other Related Information
Simavati’s Fynbos and Sea can be accessed from the main gate at -34.01000, 22.75542 (https://maps.app.goo.gl/Bm9mobmQEAy6ksJt7)
The main lodge and bistro are situated at -34.02369, 22.76828.
Hiking trails of differing lengths (between 2km and 15km) are available for a price of R50 per person.
Mountain bike trails of differing lengths (between 5km and 15km) are available for a price of R100 per person (if you bring your own bike).
Numerous guided activities are also available.
The Fynbos on Sea Bistro is open from 07:00 – 14:00 in season.
The Fynbos on Sea bistro is accessible to wheelchairs, however, the trails are not.
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