Great New Family Friendly Attraction in George

Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre

Rehabilitation Centre for Birds of Prey in George

The Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre run by falconers Bertus and Lizette Beukes is a rehabilitation centre for birds of prey in George on the Garden Route of South Africa. Their mission is to educate the public and specifically the youth on the importance of birds of prey. They want to create a passion to be educated amongst the public in the role of these magnificent birds, the rehabilitation, conservation and release. The Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre operates under the rules and regulations lay down by the Cape Nature Conservation.

Family Friendly Attraction in George

A visit to the Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre is great family friendly attraction. Avid birders, people looking for things to do in the area and young children with inquisitive minds will all find a visit to this rehab centre extremely educational and interesting. The centre does rehabilitation of all raptors and you will learn more about the rescue, rehabilitation and the conservation of falcons, eagles and owls. During your visit to the centre your guide will introduce you to between 30 and 40 different raptors.  The centre has a constant flow of birds with their rescue, rehabilitation and release program. Individuals, families and groups are all welcome to visit the centre. School groups are also catered for.

Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre is located at the George Wildlife Park with ample parking.

Hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 09:00 to 16:00
  • During school holidays open 7 days a week except Christmas Day.

Entrance Fee

  • Adults: R30.00
  • Children: R10.00 under 12

The Garden Route Birds of Prey Rehab Centre is a non-profit organization. Visitors to the centre aids in the generation of income for the rehabilitation, conservation and release they do. Sponsorships, the Adopt a Raptor Program and volunteers also form a great part. For more information on getting involved in this great conservation program, as well as Eco Friendly Pest Bird Control contact the centre.

CP Nel Museum

CP Nel Museum in Oudtshoorn

The CP Nel Museum, famed for being one of the best small town museums in South Africa, is housed in the former Oudtshoorn Boys High School at 3 Baron van Reede Street, Oudtshoorn. This sandstone building with its prominent clock-tower was  designed by Charles Bullock and erected in 1906. The main theme of the museum is the ostrich industry, focusing on the ostrich feather boom period (1900 – 1914).

  • Transport – variety of vehicles including an Oxwagen dating back to 1839, the first car in Oudthoorn an Panhard and the Schacht, a Dutch model from the year 1909
  • Bedroom – an early years bedroom scene with beautiful furniture
  • Dining Room – the expensive and luxurious furniture used in this room belonged to one of the old “Ostrich Barons”
  • Music Room – a variety of historic musical instruments are on display in this room.
  • N.A. Smit – room and its contents are depicting past happenings in the building. This was the History classroom of Mr N.A Smit (several places in Oudtshoorn were named after him), teacher at the old Oudtshoorn Boy’s High School.
  • Synagogue – the only Synagogue to be situated in a museum and it’s still being used. It has an Ark that is one of the tallest.
  • School Hall – filled with historical photographs of students.
  • Ostrich Hall – the cultural and natural historic aspects of the ostrich are depicted. You will experience the ostrich industry in its entirety.
  • Store – a typical 1911 sales store.
  • Military – Reminders of the Second World War, and the brave men who died during the event is to be seen. The museum also specialises in a variety of ancient weaponry.
  • Natural History – This is a scene of animals found in the Klein Karoo.
  • Street Scene – including a chemist, bank, crockery and clothing displays

Le Roux Town House Museum National Monument

Le Roux Town House Museum, situated at 146 High Street, Oudtshoorn, forms part of the museum. It was built in 1909 and is an attractive house with stained glass panels reflecting the distinct Art Nouveau style. This house also designed by architect Charles Bullock was build for a farmer, Mr. Le Roux as a town house for him and his family. The house was declared a National Monument in 1980.

 

Visiting Hours

CP Nel Museum:

  • Mondays – Fridays: 08:00 – 17:00
  • Saturdays: 09:00 – 13:00
  • (Closed on Sundays and public holidays)

Le Roux Town House Museum:

  • Mondays – Fridays: 08:00 – 17:00
  • (Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays)

 

Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail

The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail forms part of MTO Ecotourism. The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail was South Africa’s first officially accredited hiking trail and has recently been allocated the Green Flag Certificate for a trail under excellent management. The trail journeys through extensive indigenous forest and mountain fynbos. The ancient river gorges and abundant rivers and streams along this hiking trail in the Tsitsikamma will remind you of the creative power of water and the origins of the word Tsitsikamma.

Baboon, vervet monkey, large-spotted genet, bushpig and bushbuck are often encountered along the route and at overnight huts. Leopard, caracal, honey badger and blue duiker also occur, but are seldom seen. The forests provide ideal habitat for lesser seen bird species, such as rameron pigeon, narina trogon, sombre bulbul, forest buzzard, and colourful sunbirds and flycatchers. The fynbos harbours elusive endemics such as Victorins warbler, protea canary and the Cape siskin.

Hiking Trail Through the Tsitsikamma Mountains

The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail begins in Natures Valley and ends 60km further at either the Storms River Bridge or Storms River Village. This is a six day unidirectional trail that takes hikers thought the heart of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Each overnight hut has its own unique access route with safe parking and makes shorter variations of the trail possible. You also have the option of a 2, 3, 4 or 5 days trail.

Hiking Trail in South Africa with Equipment Porterage

The Tsitsikamma Mountain Trail offers optional equipment porterage. Your equipment can now be transported between the overnight huts on this spectacular hiking trail in South Africa. Other activities permitted include vehicular and mountain bike access to certain overnight huts and informative guided day walks

Hiking Trail Offering Overnight Accommodation

The Tsitsikamma Hiking Trail is a hiking trail offering comfortable overnight accommodation. The accommodation facilities have been upgraded to an excellent standard and you can truly enjoy magnificent views and relax in comfort at each of the five overnight huts. Route Description and Distances Between Overnight Huts:

  • Day 1: Nature`s Valley – Kalander Hut – 3,6 km +- 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Day 2: Kalander – Blaawkrans Hut – 13,5 km +- 6 hours
  • Day 3: Blaawkrans – Keurbos Hut – 13,4 km +- 6 hours
  • Day 4: Keurbos – Heuningbos Hut – 13,4 km +- 6 hours
  • Day 5: Heuningbos – Sleepkloof Hut – 13,9 km +- 7 hours
  • Day 6: Sleepkloof Hut – Paul Sauer Bridge – 3,2 km +- 1 hour
    or Sleepkloof Hut – Storms River Village – 5,5 km +- 2 hours
Rates
  • Our tariffs are R155,00 per person per day for overnighting at any of the five huts
  • A day hike along the Tsitsikamma Trail without over nighting will cost R30,00 per person per day.
  • Should you wish your groups` equipment to be transported between overnight huts the cost will be R800,00 per hut for the first 5 people and then R150.00 per person thereafter additional up to 12 persons maximum per hut.