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Birds

We have over 130 birds on our bird list  which includes a number of once-in-a-life time sightings such as the African Finfoot, Knysna Warbler, Crested Flycatcher and Narina Trogan.

 

Knysna Loeries with their bright red and green plumage are a familiar sight. Their signature calls can be heard even if it might be tricky to spot them amid the foliage.

There is a crowned eagle pair in the area and it is marvellous to see them soaring above.

You wake up at inniKloof with the sound of birds and not the impatient buzz of the alarm. Have a leisurely breakfast outside and take the time to observe the going-ons in the shrubs. You are being watched!

We are fortunate to have regular visits from birdwatchers who update our list after every visit.

Nature

The Klein River flows from the Stinkhoutberg to join the Gamtoos River at Hankey. The narrow valley provides a sanctuary for a wealth of fauna and flora.

 

The valley vegetation is Afro Montane forests with yellowwood, milkwood, cape fig, forest elder and white stinkwood trees. Valley bushveld is found on the northern slopes of the mountains with boerboon, aloe ferox, mountain aloe and cactus like Euphorbia Grandidens.

 

Bushbuck are numerous and you might encounter one early in the morning. Monkeys and baboons might be heard. Because of the dense bush you will not see the bushpigs and caracal as they are mainly nocturnal animals. In summer be on the lookout for snakes as this is a wilderness area. Water monitors will also be around in the warmer months.

Surrounding Towns

Hankey (12km)  was established in 1826 and is the Gamtoos Valley's oldest town. It was named after the Rev. William Alers Hankey, an ex-banker and the secretary of the London Missionary Society (LMS).

 

Patensie (25km) In 1876 the farm "Patentie" of 3000 morgen was awarded to David Keyser jnr. In 1852 the farm was sud-divided and in 1858 Patensie was declared a town. The name Patensie has a Hottentot origin and means "lplek van die beeste" (where the cattle lie).

 

Loerie (25km) Nowadays known for the annual Naartjie Festival in September. The VW National Rally uses the area surrounding Loerie for most of the offroad stages.

 

Port Elizabeth 75km, Jeffreysbay 50km, Humansdorp, 40km and Cape St Francis 50km

Weather

The climate of the area is regarded as warm temperate. Mid-summer daily maximum temperatures range between 15-32C with the winter between 5-18C. However, temperatures below 0C and above 40C are not uncommon.

Major rainfall is most common during autumn and spring with the winter months being the driest.The type of rainfall varies between the soft continual rain associated with cold fronts sweeping up the coast, and typical summer rainfall thunderstorms with hail only occasionally Frost and light snow can be expected in most years.

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From our visitors' books

Thank you for a wonderful place, well-looked after and beautiful scenery; peaceful and relaxing.

Sven and Sharan Williams, Port Elizabeth

 

Ons het dit geniet met al die rustigheid en natuurskoon en weg van al die geraas van TV, selfone en motors.

Ons sal weer kom en dit adverteer.

Koos en Hantie Botha, Jeffreysbaai

 

Een warm ontvangst, een heerlike plek om op adem te komen...

Onze eerste braai in Zuid-Afrika; een fantastishe plek onder de bomen...

Really hope we can come back some day !!!

Geert, Goedele, Ludwig, Moses, Tshwarelo - Belgium

 

Ons is met warm vriendelikheid ontvang. Die stilte, rustigheid, natuurgeluide en baie vols mk die plek.

Die chalet is baie netjies en hier is alles wat mens nodig het.

Charl en Dottie, Port Elizabeth

 

Rustig, goed ingerig, uitstekende manier om te ontspan. Stilte! Wonderlike, onvergeetlike stilte.

En sterre. Lanklaas soveel sterre gesien.

Gert en Vida Kruger, Port Elizabeth

 

This is indeed as wonderful as promised on the internet. Thank you, inniKloof, for a wonderful walk and climb, fabulous hills and a very peaceful time. A hospitable welcome by the hosts. We loved the time here.

Phil and Fiona Ridgwell, Gauteng

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