Nature – New bird watching festival for Plett

The first ever Wittedrift Birding Festival will take place this September in the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay.

Wittedrift is an area of outstanding natural beauty and is home to 180 species of birdlife, including the blue crane, fish eagle, jackal buzzard, Denham’s bustard, Cape batis, Knysna turaco, and brown-hooded, pied, giant and malachite kingfishers.

The Birding Festival came into being through a grant from the Table Mountain Fund, and will be supported by the Nature’s Valley Trust and BirdLife Plett.

Led by qualified guides, visitors can enjoy nine different bird-watching trails, by car, on foot and even on horseback. Activities include a bird-ringing demonstration by the Nature’s Valley Trust and evening dinner lectures by leading bird-watching authorities, including renowned experts, Dr Mark Brown of the Nature’s Valley Trust and Mike Bridgeford of BirdLife Plett.

The Wittedrift Birding Festival offers an exciting opportunity for birdwatchers to see an abundance of birdlife in an unspoilt and tranquil environment,” said Peter Rae, the event organiser. “The Wittedrift community is confident of delivering a memorable experience for overseas and local bird-watchers in a beautiful area. Our lecturers and guides will add an extra dimension to the festival, and we expect visitors to take advantage of all the local attractions at off-season rates.

“Wittedrift is one of the best-kept secrets on the Garden Route and the area offers a mild climate as well as a wide range of accommodation. In addition to bird-watching, visitors can hike, follow running and horse-riding trails through the bush and forest, take a game drive, try canoeing and paddle-boarding, enjoy a family picnic or enjoy the local beaches and restaurants.”

The Wittedrift Birding Festival will take place from Saturday 19 to Sunday 27 October 2019. Registration information, accommodation and full details can be found at


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