Birding Retreat: Biomimicry & Birds

From Heaven to de Hel, with Dr Steven Evans

22 - 26 October, 2019

R6 950 per person sharing


The Experience

This 4 night, 5 day birding retreat offers you complete immersion in birding bliss.   The heavenly Bitou Wetland, summer home to countless numbers of migrant waders every October is now available to birding enthusiasts and those who simply enjoy the stillness of nature and golden sunsets.  Spend two days and nights in a globally unique luxury tented camp developed completely with the application of the principles of biomimicry and situated on the banks of the gently meandering Bitou River.  From here you are within walking distance of the Bitou Bird Hide.  Dr Steven Evans, birding specialist, will be your host and guide, while the Venture Beyond staff will prepare all your meals and ensure that your creature comforts are taken care of.  Wetland, forest, fynbos and estuary walks, along with a gentle canoe through the reeded meandering serpentine of the Bitou River will ensure that your birding needs are covered here. 

On day 3, we take you on a slow drive over the mountains, enjoying the shifting habitats and new bird species en route.  The magnificent views from the Swartberg Mountains as you drive through the Little Karoo are breathtaking and, as you trundle down the pass into Gamkaskloof - or Die Hel - the scenery, birding and flora are awe inspiring.  The next two nights are spent in the original little Karoo heritage homes of the community who lived in the valley.  These have been refurbished by CapeNature and each cottage has its own story.  During the day, explore the wonders that the Valley has to offer, alongside its stream with Red finned minnow (endangered fish) and spekboom hillsides, with over 130 species of birds on offer. 

The beautiful dark skies at night, untainted by light pollution, present a perfect opportunity for a bit of star gazing while you listen for the night sounds - Nightjars, Owls, bats. 

The final morning after breakfast, we pack up and head back up out of the valley, driving back to Plettenberg Bay and to your vehicles via the sandstone cliffs and remarkable rock formations of Meiringspoort.

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Our Hiking company, Venture Beyond

gives us access to one of the world's prime biodiversity hotspots ...

The Cape Floristic Region


In an area that without doubt that boasts some of the most spectacularly beautiful coastline in South Africa, with marine treasures - two Hope Spots and three Marine Protected Areas, possessing historic archaeological sites that date back as early as 120 000 years.  The Cape Floristic Kingdom was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in 2004.  


The guides we have selected to take you into this area have hiked the area extenstively and are able to provide you with the best possible hiking experience.  Each has an indepth knowledge of the fauna, flora and history of the area and will be able to provide an immersive nature experience to all those who join them!