Birdsong Cottages receives first Lilizela Tourism Award

At the Limpopo Provincial leg of the Lilizela Tourism Awards, South of Africa’s 3-star property Birdsong Cottages, walked away with the award for best self-catering exclusive establishment in the province.

The awards ceremony, which celebrates the province’s star performers, was held at the Meropa Sun Casino in Polokwane on September 11th, 2018.

The 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel also received a nomination in the 4-star hotel category and received a certificate as finalist.

The national awards ceremony takes place  on October 27th at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Great Easter Deals from South of Africa

holidayThe upcoming Easter Holidays are already on everybody’s lips!  Why not take advantage of South of Africa’s superb destinations with these fantastic Easter Specials, ranging from a 2 night stay at select Limpopo properties (including great Family Packages at the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa) to an unbeatable Bed & Breakfast offer from the 5-star Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster on the West Coast.

But hurry! Space is limited and rooms are selling fast.  Book online or call 087 820 5999.

Abalone House & Spa offer:

Get away these Easter Holidays and stay in the heart of the West Coast at Abalone House & Spa in Paternoster.  Book our Standard Superior or Luxury Superior bedrooms and indulge in the 5-star luxuries of the exquisite boutique hotel boasting a Reuben’s Restaurant and Healing Earth Spa on site.

Pay only R2390pn for our Standard Superior Rooms or R3190pn for our Luxury Superior Rooms.

Book online here or call 022 752 2044.

Valid 1 April 2015 – 3 May 2015.  Subject to availability.


Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa offer:

Kids stay free when you bring the family to Shangri-La these Easter holidays to enjoy a fun-filled weekend getaway at the 4-star country hotel & spa.  Take advantage of the great range of activities available for the kids, including tennis courts, putt putt and volley ball courts, a kids play room with Xbox, toys and games, as well as the sparkling hotel pool with splash pool for the youngsters.

On Friday night enjoy the Table d’Hotel dinner, and on Saturday indulge in our wood oven baked pizzas and delectable pasta dishes.  Feast on our Full English breakfast each morning and get delicious hot cross buns in room on arrival.  On Easter Weekend kids enjoy our Easter Egg Hunt, while every other weekend kids enjoy our MasterChef Class where they create their own chocolates on the Saturday morning.


  • 2 night’s shared accommodation in Family Rooms
  • Breakfast daily
  • Dinner on Friday (Table d Hotel) and Saturday (Pizza & Pasta evening)
  • Hot cross buns on arrival in room
  • Sunday morning Easter Egg Hunt for kids during Easter Weekend / MasterChef Class for kids on every other weekend

Pay only R995 per adult sharing per night.


  • Subject to availability.
  • Valid all weekends in March / April 2015.
  • Kids stay free – maximum of 2 children under the age of 12.  Children 12 + pay R330 per child supplement per day.


Modimolle Funky Stay offer:

Get away from the hustle and bustle this upcoming Easter Weekend!  Stay at Modimolle Funky Stay and pay only R490.00 per room per night inclusive of breakfast.

Call to book 087 820 5971 or 087 820 5999 or book online here.

Valid for the weekend 3 – 6 April 2015.  Minimum 2 night stay applies.


Birdsong Cottages offer:

Stay at the Birdsong Cottages this Easter Weekend. Take the family to enjoy a weekend away in the heart of the bushveld.  Kids are treated to an Easter Egg Hunt when you book our fantastic offer.

  • Owls Cottage B: Only R650 per night
  • Franklin or Guineafowl: Only R700 per night per cottage
  • Owls Cottage A or Sunbird Cottage: Only R800 per night per cottage
  • Flycatcher Villa or Kingfisher Cottage:  Only R1100 per night per cottage

Minimum 2 night stay applies.  Valid 3 – 6 April 2015 only.  Book here or call 087 820 5999.

Introducing Facebook videos

South of Africa’s social media platform on Facebook and Twitter have recently been treated to the publication of various video snippets from our properties.  If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a video would be a million.

Our followers on Twitter and likes on Facebook have been spoiled with videos of the fantastic wildlife at Birdsong Cottages, the jolly staff at Shangri-La (who is giving their own renditions of “We wish you a Merry Xmas”) and the resident birdlife at the Cabanas of Elephant Springs.

We have several more videos on the way.  Go and like our pages today and share these short clips with your friends and family.  We also invite all our guests to submit their video clips taken at our portfolio to

Taking care of our animals at Birdsong Cottages

zebrasBecause of the superb bushveld location of Birdsong Cottages, a variety of wildlife is found on the premises.  The well being of our animals is a very high priority for South of Africa, and we have taken advantage of the generous assistance of farmers and nature lovers in our immediate surroundings.

Birdsong Cottages is a 32 hectare property, and with the good will of our neighbours, we have dropped the fences on both sides of the property, allowing the game to roam free in what is now a 100 hectare area!  We have 2 specified feeding points on site where these animals may be found during the late afternoon.

When you next visit Birdsong Cottages, ask our friendly staff to show these feeding points to you.  Pack a picnic basket and enjoy the beauty of nature in the heart of the Waterberg.

New Wedding Reception venue coming to Birdsong

devbsThere is a number of exciting additions coming to Birdsong Cottages in the next year.  Having recently launched the cosy Edwin Cameron Boma at Birdsong Cottages, the news of more developments therefore comes as no surprise.

A brand new Wedding Reception venue is currently being created at Birdsong, which is within close proximity to the glorious stone chapel on site.  Guests who have visited Birdsong in the past, may have noticed the “Koi Dam” in the covered building near Flycatcher and the Sunbird Cottage.  The “Koi Dam” is an old undercover swimming pool which have been turned into an aquatic home for our beloved fish friends.   This venue has been in development for the past year, with the first stages of renovations already completed.

Phase two has now commenced with reinforced steel frames, which will carry the exquisite wooden deck with a marvellous view of the surrounds.  The “Koi Dam” will be the main feature of this unique Wedding Reception venue.  A bar, seating area, and industrial kitchen on the lower level beneath the deck, will all be valuable additions to this fantastic venue.

Johan Esterhuizen, Project Manager, revealed the artist impression of the venue today and said that he is looking forward to adding more charm to the already beautiful wedding destination in the heart of the Waterberg.

The venue will also be ideal as a breakaway room for conferences.  A new conference venue is also in development near the swimming pool.  The development and progress of the Wedding Reception venue will be featured on our Facebook pages in the coming months.  Don’t forget to like both the Birdsong Cottages and South of Africa pages when you visit Facebook again.

Brand new Boma at Birdsong Cottages

blogbomaBirdsong Cottages is proud to present its brand new Boma.  This fantastic new venue in the heart of the bush has been declared open by the owners of South of Africa this past weekend and christened the “Edwin Cameron Boma” in honour of Justice Edwin Cameron, the Constitutional Court justice and life long friend of owner Johan Jansen van Vuuren.

What makes this Boma unique is the fact that it is located amidst the natural bushveld with its free roaming antelope and small game.  The Boma is within walking distance or driving distance from all the units, and guests may book the Boma for their private functions or braai-evenings.

The venue is ideal for Conference breakaways as well as Wedding receptions.  Nearby parking is convenient for all guests who will enjoy the short walk to the Boma.  A lovely feature at the Boma is the table with vintage waterbowl and jug that guests use to wash their hands in the way it was done “in die ou tyd”!

For more information on Birdsong Cottages and its selection of cottages, click here or e-mail

UPDATE JANUARY 2021: This facility is currently unavailable.