Nature Reserves near Grotto Bay
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and are not necessarily the actual travelling
Yzerfontein(16.6 km from Grotto Bay)
Join a guided tour at !Khwa ttu for interesting insights into the culture, heritage, knowledge and modern-day life of the Bushmen of southern Africa. Qualified San guides will demonstrate their skills, share their oral history, track animals and identify plants with you. You will also learn a few words in some of their languages and find out about recent accomplishments in obtaining their rights to land and intellectual property.
Riebeek Kasteel(80.2 km from Grotto Bay)
Bartholomeus Klip Reserve is teeming with herds of eland, springbuck, black wildebeest, zebra and bontebok. Many other animals, such as baboons, bat-eared foxes, lynxes, and smaller species of antelope, live here too, and it is known that leopards still occur in the mountains.Among the birdlife at Bartholomeus Klip is the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, once farmed here in large flocks at the height of the ostrich feather boom in the 1870s and today one of the leopard’s favourite foods. The magnificent black eagle (correctly known as Verreaux’s eagle) nests in the mountains, and the enormous dam near to the farmhouse has a spectacular array of water birds, some resident like the fish eagles and the kingfishers, and others such as the pelicans and the spoonbills less regular visitors. Flamingos have also been seen in some of Bartholomeus Klip’s smaller dams and there are a host of interesting large and small birds out in the reserve and on the wheatlands, including large flocks of the blue crane, South Africa’s national bird.
Aurora(94.2 km from Grotto Bay)
DanielsHoogte is a working farm rich in fynbos and situated at the top of Aurora Mountain, 800 metres above sea level. This hidden gem boasts spectacular views of St Helena Bay on the beautiful West Coast as well as the farmlands around Piketberg. On a clear day Table Mountain is visible in the far distance.
This private reserve boasts much fauna and flora to be appreciated by any lover of the outdoors. The fauna that has been sighted thus far is the black eagle, klipspringer, duiker, fallow deer, lynx, aardwolf, and dassies, porcupine, baboons, the Cape eagle owl and occasionally leopard. It is a bird watcher’s haven with 85 different bird species having been sighted. It is an absolute delight for the wildlife photographer. The Protea Atlas Project has identified several endangered and endemic protea species on the reserve.
Hikers and cyclists are able to explore and enjoy the natural surrounds. Bushman paintings can be seen on some of the rocky outcrops. You can cool off in one of our dams on a hot summer day. Guests are able to camp or stay in the self-catering mountain cottages situated in various locations on the farm.