Mountain View Country Inn

 

36 Botha Street / PO Box 14

Lady Grey

9755

 

Phone: 051-603-0421

Fax: 051-603-0114

 

Email: mountainview@ladygrey.co.za

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Text Box: CAPE 
VULTURE 
SANCTUARY & RESTAURANT

 

Although only about 25 km from town, this is possibly Lady Grey’s best kept secret.  Many people living in Lady Grey do not even know about it.

 

The Cape Vulture (Gyps coprotheres) is an endangered species.  For bird watchers and nature lovers, a visit to the Cape Vulture Sanctuary is a must.  Standing at the top of the cliff and looking down into the Karringmelkspruit Gorge is in itself a great experience.  Add a number of Cape Vultures flying above and below and it becomes an unforgettable experience.

 

Although the vultures often hunt more than 100km away and might sleep over, they always return to the nest. The Vultures can be seen at any time of the day but greater numbers can be seen from about 15:30 when they start returning to the nest.

 

For safety and warmth, the vultures always breed on the sunny side of the steep cliffs of the gorge.   They start breeding in May.  One adult vulture always stays behind to protect the nest while the other one hunts.  The Black Eagle/Witkruis Arend (Aquila verreauxii) is the greatest enemy.  They attack in pairs.  While one distracts the adult vulture at the nest, the other one grabs the chick.

 

PLEASE NOTE: The Cape Vulture Sanctuary is on private property and you need to arrange with the owner/guide to take you.  For more information and related cost, please contact:

Ian or Elize Cloete     Tel. 051 603 7036  or  Cell: 084 584 7036

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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