Monday 22nd May. Arrive at Grootvadersbosch at 14h00 (*see directions below) – a short time to get organised and let’s meet at 15h00 to explore the area around the chalets. We will meet at the lapa, which is near the camping area, for a braai at 18:30. This is the only area suitable for getting our group together. You will need to take your cutlery, crockery and glasses from the cottage each evening as the lapa will only have seating and tables. We will announce the meeting place for tomorrow morning’s excursion tonight.
Tuesday 23rd May. At 08:00 we drive to the reception area from where we will explore another part of the forest. Suggest we take along a mid-morning snack and drink. We’ll meet again at 18:30 at the lapa at for tonight’s braai.
Wednesday 24th May. This morning we will consolidate transport at 08h00 and depart for a trip to Bontebok National Park. We’ll go to the campsite from where we will do the river walk. Next we’ll drive the loop road and afterwards end up at Die Stroom for our snack/lunch in the picnic area. Those who rather want to go into Swellendam for lunch can do so. Back at Grootvadersbosch we’ll meet at 15h00 for a drive along the lower slopes of the mountain above the forest, enjoying the birds in the fynbos habitat. We will have our last braai at the lapa, but before we do that, we will have an audit of the sightings we have had.
25th Sadly time to leave and we need to be out of the cottages by 10h00 – please be ready to go as they need to get the chalets sorted out and ready for the next guests. Of course once you are out of the cottage you can do some last minute exploring before heading home.
As usual the group will be in catering teams and they will create the starter, vegetable, salads and potatoes for one of the three evenings. These teams will be allocated once we know the names of all on the trip. Breakfast and lunches will be enjoyed in your cottage.
The cost per person is R590.00 sharing a two bedroom cottage with a bathroom (shower only) and lounge/dining area. The kitchen is equipped with Eskom power points for all appliances including fridge/freezer, microwave and toaster, as well as an electric oven and gas hob with four burners. The reports that I have had are that the accommodation is lovely.
Payments must be by EFT please – if not, cheques should have R40.00 added and if cash the cost is an additional R60.00 – bank charges are huge and we make very little on these tours. Please note that if you cancel for any reason we will charge a handling fee of 10% IF we can find a replacement – if we can’t find a replacement then sadly we cannot refund at all.
Here are the directions to Grootvadersbosch and some information you might find interesting. Take the N2 from Cape Town towards George. Just past Swellendam and Buffelsjag River, take the left-hand turn-off for Suurbraak/Barrydale. Turn left and continue through the town of Suurbraak and past the turn-off for Barrydale via Tradouwpass. The tar road becomes a dirt road. Continue till a T-junction, turn left and keep left at the next fork in the road. The reserve is well signposted. The road ends at the entrance gates. GPS: 33 59 08.4 S 20 49 24.7 E Office hours: 07:30–16:00 Tel: +27 (0)28 492 0001
Grootvadersbosch comprises 250 hectares of indigenous forest in the Langeberg region, close to Heidelberg. It is an excellent birding destination with more than 196 bird species recorded. Specials are Black, Crowned and Booted Eagles, the rare Striped Flufftail, the Narina Trogon, Layard’s Titbabbler and Red-necked Spurfowl. Sighting the forest emperor butterfly and a subspecies of the rare ghost frog would be the highlight of a visit here, as they can only be found in this particular forest.
If you want to join this outing please mail me at email@example.com – as usual first come first served – payment will be required upon confirmation please as we need to make payment to Cape Nature by the month end. Please include your date of birth and Wild card number when replying.