Bird viewing is fantastic to do in Plettenberg bay and especially near the lodge. We are in the Keurboom heights, Crags area of the Garden route and surrounded trees and nature. We have built two bird viewing platforms in the bush to enable an even better bird viewing experience.
The Garden Route is famous for its birds. Here in Plettenberg Bay, we are on the border between the two provinces resulting in a great diversity of bird life. Plettenberg Bay offers the keen birder a large variety of habitats to choose from such as Forests, Estuaries, Oceans, Fynbos, Grasslands and Rivers. Here you can see some incredibly rare and beautiful birds such as African Black Oystercatchers, Knysna Warblers, Knysna Loeries, Malachite Kingfishers and several types of sunbirds. It is said that more than 250 species can be spotted in the area. The local bird society has spotted over 101 different bird species at just the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve alone.
Some of the local bird species:
African Purple Swamphen, African Black Oystercatcher, Reed Cormorant, Three-banded Plover, Yellow-Billed Egret, Marsh Sandpiper, African Sacred Ibis, African Snipe, African Spoonbill, Black-shouldered Kite, African Fish-Eagle, Caspian Tern, Steppe Buzzard, Forest Buzzard, Pied Avocet, Red-eyed Dove, African Goshawk, Peregrine Falcon, Knysna Turaco, African Rail, Giant Kingfisher, Knysna Woodpecker, Fork-tailed Drongo, Olive Thrush, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Knysna Warbler and the Bar-throated Apalis
If you want to see something slightly different, we really recommend spending a couple of hours at Birds of Eden, a unique two hectare dome spanning over a gorge of indigenous forest. This is a safe environment in which a large collection of free-flight African birds have been released.