OUR LODGE

We have 6 luxurious double bedrooms with full en suite bathrooms. All rooms have king size beds, airconditioning for summer and underfloor heating for chilly weather. Recliners, dressing table or working desk, built in cupboards and TV's on remote. En suite bathrooms consist of both a shower and jacuzzi bath, his and her basins, toilet and shower.  

   

 

 

BLUEWATER BAY
Picturesque Bluewater Bay commands unspoilt views of Algoa Bay with miles of golden beaches. Bluewater Beach is an ideal and safe spot for

swimming, surfing, windsurfing and parasailing amongst other outdoor activities.
There are 2 trails, one 2 km long, marked with yellow arrows and a longer trail of 7km marked with red arrows. Both start at the top of Tippers Creek Road between Amsterdamhoek and Bluewater Bay. The trails wend their way through estuary grasslands, indigenous valley bushveld including thousands of aloes, then climb the escarpment and return along the plateau. Further upstream are the Flamingo filled salt pans.The walks are suitable for most people  but beware of the heat! It is essential to wear proper walking shoes and a sunhat. We advise you to walk in a group and to carry a water bottle.
The dense valley bushveld vegetation is adapted to the arid climate and shallow clay soils on top of calcareous sandstone. The aloes make a stunning show when they flower in June and July and attract hundreds of beautiful Sunbirds, weavers, Bully Canary and Whitethroated Canary.
From the top of the escarpment there are breathtaking views of the Swartkops Estuary, Redhouse, the Swartkops Nature Reserve and the Cockscomb moutains in the distance.
Formerly, this bush supported many game animals including elephants and the evidence of this is the presence of well worn game tracks. There are still small antelope such as Grysbok and Blue Duiker, and other small wildlife such as Bushpig, Mongooses and Otters.
Hikers use these trails at their own risk.


 

 

AMSTERDAMHOEK
This little village below the Bluewater Bay escarpment is named after a Dutch ship called "The Amsterdam" which ran aground near the mouth of the river on December 16th, 1817. There are relics of this wreck at Pirates Lodge.
The estuary is ideal for water skiing, swimmimg, sailing, bait collection and fishing.
Pirates Lodge is right at the waters edge, with its own private slipway and jetty. There is also an entertainment area overlooking the water where you can relax with a sundowner and view the magnificent sunsets which are a constant delight.
The Swartkops Estuary and River Valley with the adjacent salt pans is the best place in the country to see the less common estuarine waders and terns. Sections of the river valley and estuary are proclaimed nature reserves offering trails and walks through an area that features some 10 000 water birds in summer.  Ardent bird watchers will be privileged to see up to 100 different species in summer.
 Specials, which are species which can be difficult to find elsewhere include, Blacknecked Grebe, Cape Cormorant, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, South African Shellduck, Cape Teal, African Black Oystercatcher, Sand Plover, Terek Sandpiper, Bartailed Godwit, Curlew, Hartlaub's Gull, Litle Tern, Caspian Tern, Greybacked Cisticola and Southern Tchagra.
The variety of habitats is made up of intertidal mud and sandbanks, saltmarshes, saltpans, freshwater vlei and succulent thicket.
Raptors frequently soar overhead, and in the bush Karoo Robin, Southern Grey Tit, Longbilled Crombec and sometimes a Knysna Woodpecker can be spotted by the alert birdwatcher.

 



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