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George Brits wrote a review Jan 2021
Cape Town, South Africa11 contributions
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We first stayed at Vrederus in the late nineties and must have come back seven or eight times over the years, which qualifies it as one of our favourite destinations. The main attraction when Juan-Marie built the first (of two) cottages was the fly fishing. In addition to the lake on the farm, Jaun-Marie can also arrange access to small streams in the area. If high altitude fishing in small mountain streams is your thing, this is the best you will find in the country. The birding is great. High-altitude specials include yellow breasted pipits and Drakensberg rock jumpers. However, it is the abundance of large birds that makes the area stand out. Bearded vultures are regulars in the high mountain, cape vultures are common, and every second telephone pole has a buzzard on it. On our last visit we counted over 120 crowned cranes, a pair of blue canes with chick, a pair of wattled cranes and a secretary bird from one stationary position in a field about ten minutes from the farm. Also worth a mention is the large flock of bald ibises in the foothills of the main berg nor far from the farm. For photographers there are few places in the country better suited to shooting ‘big skies’ than Vrederus. From September to May, huge banks of cloud boil up from the lowlands almost daily, rolling towards you with menace or just accumulating on high waiting to produce yet another perfect sunset. In conclusion, Vrederus is as perfect a country getaway as you could find.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Johann K wrote a review Jan 2017
Stilbaai, South Africa139 contributions34 helpful votes
This little gem high up almost on top of Naudesnek in the Eastern Cape, is a birders paradise. We found and photographed all three species of Cranes in one day. The friendly owners will go out of there way to assist you in finding that rare bird that you are looking for. Accommodation is comfortable in two chalets with all facilities required. The chalets are next to a big dam (almost a lake), and trout fishing is allowed and available. If you are looking for a trip over the Eastern Cape mountain passes and a visit to Rhodes and Tiffindell Ski Resort, this is a must stay place.
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Date of stay: December 2016
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Gavin H wrote a review Oct 2016
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
Lovely stay. Very clean and habitable accommodation units. Stunning birdlife and close to spectacular attractions such as mountains passes and caves with Bushman paintings. Be warned though, there is a very friendly Border Collie on the farm- you will be great buddies with him within five minutes of arrival.
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Date of stay: December 2015
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