forestbirdlodge

Things to do in the Area

BIRDING AND BOTANISING

At Forest Bird Lodge.

There are lovely walks along the stream which runs nearby.  These take you through the forest.  One almost expects woodland creatures to appear as the forest has a magical feel, especially when there is a mist creeping through it.  There is an area covered in moss where "the fairies come and dance at night"!

There are many birds in the area and some of these will be seen on the walks or from the patio. 

Wood owls call to each other at night. It is wonderful lying in bed at night, listening to the noises of the forest.

Samango monkeys visit the garden on most days.


Magoebaskloof  Bird Guides: Take a 2 hour walk in the indigenous forest or a 7 hour outing into the Woodbush Forest and Bat Hawk nesting site with qualified bird guides.  Specials include Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Blue-mantled, Crested Flycatcher, Gurney’s Sugarbird and Magpie Mannikin with SA’s top local guides! 015 276 1131 or 082 200 4596.

Forest Drive to Debegeni Falls(Vechile with high ground clearance is necessary).
 You will see magnificent forest trees and beautiful waterfalls. Shade loving wild flowers can be spotted such as plectranthus in blue, white and purple; begonia in white and orange; crocosmia in orange and red. There are many different types of ferns.  

GENERAL THINGS TO DO

Cheerio Gardens: Tea Garden, Mountain Bike Routes, Wedding Venue and Trout Fishing.  083 355 0835  

Wegraakbosch Organic Dairy: Cheese making tours  071 687 5218  

 Pot and Plough: Live music on a Friday evening.  

Earth Creations: Pottery. Mosaics and Silk Paintings  083 259 8427  

 Cycling on the mountain:

 

  • Standford Lake/Ebenezer Dam (Blue) This 5km route is suitable for families.  It follows the edge of Stanford Lake and Ebenezer Dam on well used roads and is fairly flat.  It can be extended by 3 km by following the road along Ebenezer Dam further and returning the same way.   It is accessed from Standford Lodge.
  • Cheerio/Sequoia (Orange) This 5 km route is suitable for families.  It passes through the pine plantations, avo orchards and the beautiful gardens of Cheerio and Sequoia along grass paths and roads.  The climb to the top of the hill is made worth the effort by the spectacular views of the Wolkberg and Cheerio Valley.  It can be accessed from Cheerio Gardens.
  • Magoebaskloof Adventure (Black) This 10 km route is for very experienced mountain bikers.  5 km of technical single track hug the contours of the Letaba Gorge through riverine forest.  A steep climb gives spectacular views of Georges Valley before a steep descent back to the start.  It can be accessed from Magoebaskloof Adventures.
  • Cheerio/Sequoia/Stanford Lake College (Green) This 25 km route is suitable for experienced riders and weekend warriors who want to test their strength and stamina.  It follows roads through plantations, gardens and natural forest, passed secluded dams and babbling streams.  The climbs are steep and long but the views from the top over Ebenezer Dam towards the Wolkberg make it worthwhile.  It can be accessed from Cheerio Gardens, Sequoia, Bramasole and Zwakala.  


WALKING TRAILS

Around the village (in the ecologically sensitive grassland). It is also possible to walk the cycling routes above.

WILD LIFE ON THE MOUNTAIN

Explore the web site www.mountaingetaways.co.za for more information on the wonderful wildlife you can encounter on the mountain.  

GARDENS TO VISIT

 Sequoia Gardens and Cheerio Gardens are open to the public all year.  They are near neighbours and lie along the same mountain stream.  They are reached along the R71 and Cheerio Road.  

Some of the above information was taken from the Magoebaskloof and Haenertsburg information magazine


Unfortunately we are not a pet friendly establishment.