Small farm with a self-catering cottage and a tree house
Budget Getaways Review
Eagles' Call can be found midway between Wilderness and Sedgefield on a small farm tucked between the ethereal Langvlei and Rondevlei lakes - both an integral part of the Wilderness National Park.
Your bed in this pretty neck of the woods (which, by the way, is a birder's nirvana where the morning alarm is set by the call of fish eagles and bedtime by the hooting of owls) comes in the form of a neat cottage shaded by whispering trees and circled by a lovely indigenous garden fed by crystal-clear water.
The aptly named Eagles' Call features three bedrooms, one with Queen and ensuite, the other two with a pair of singles and a shared bathroom - the cottage sleeps six total. Timber floors run the length of the house and the decor is cottage-style, with plenty in the way of cane and pine.
The kitchen is nicely equipped, linen and towels are provided (bring own swimming towels), as is DSTV. There's no fireplace, but there is a braai.
You'll also find a covered patio with a lovely outlook towards the forest, and a pool at the main house (40m away) for that midday dunk.
Adding to the general appeal, the Rondevlei and Malachite bird hides are within walking distance. Like we said, this is twitcher's paradise - heck, there's even the opportunity to emulate the real thing, courtesy of the Tree House, a cosy nest perched above the ground, with a brilliant outlook towards Rondevlei.
The Tree House is let separately (at R110pp) and is an adventurous option for those with a love of the outdoors. It requires a bit of a trek up a step hill, so getting there is for the moderately fit. The Treehouse comes equipped with all the essentials: Bathroom facilities, mattresses (bring own sleeping bag), a gas hotplate, kettle and outside Weber. Bring along a torch, towels and some insect repellant for your own comfort. Now who said life's for the birds?
Getaway Facts: Eagles' Call Self-Catering Cottage & Tree House
|Where||17km from Wilderness (and 17km from Sedgefield)|
|GPS co-ords||S 33°59'38'' E 22°42'06''|
|Sleeps||Eagle's Call: 6 (1 Queen, 4 singles), Tree House: 2 adults|
|Linen||eagle's Call: full linen; Tree House: sleeping bags|
|Towels||eagle's Call: bath and swimming towels; Tree House: bath towels only|
|Meals available||no |
|Activities||birdwatching, canoeing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, museums & galleries, restaurants, stargazing, swimming, walking|