'THE BIRDERS PAD' is an artistic, spacious, and private pied-a-terre occupying an exclusive footprint of 150 square metres, adjoining a refreshing circular pool and leading on to a birdsong hectare of beautiful garden.
It is conveniently located in the popular suburb of Bedfordview which is centrally situated between OR Tambo Airport, Johannesburg and Sandton, a 10 to 15 minutes ride in each direction.
Most importantly 'The Birders Pad' offers the birder a quick and easy springboard to some of the best Highveld, wetland and woodland birding spots as this exclusive retreat is at the junction of three important biomes, which offer more than 350 birds, 60 being endemic or near endemic.
As a tourist to South Africa you can add numerous endemics to your Southern African bird list before or after travelling further afield to the Cape, the Drakensberg or Kruger. Or perhaps you wish to tick off a bird you missed en route or simply to catch your breath before or after lengthy journeys. And you can couple your Highveld birding with some retail therapy, purchasing last minute gifts for those you left at home. As a local visitor to Gauteng you can squeeze in some birding before or after business and/or family visits.
Birding schedules are intense and punishing. As attentive hosts, we aim to provide you with a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable stay where you can recharge your batteries after some hard-core birding.
Self-catering facilities, although limited, will not disappoint. There are good restaurants in the vicinity, most within walking distance. Walking is encouraged as the environs are considered safe. The Birders Pad is conveniently positioned near three shopping and recreational centres offering various retail outlets, restaurants, movies, and banks. The hospital, parks and golf courses are nearby.
The high level of security and secure off-road covered parking will provide peace of mind should you bring a vehicle.
We facilitate excursions and assist with their planning whether you wish to be guided or to bird independently. Please note that advance notification achieves the best results should you wish to hire bird guides or tour operators. We provide birding reference material and can provide binoculars for the duration of your stay at the Birders Pad.
A suitable one (1) day birding excursion could include Suikerbosrand (Highveld grassland) which is half an hour away and Marievale (floodplain) an extra thirty minutes further, allowing sufficient time to enjoy the elegant relaxation at the Birders Pad.
We recycle as much as possible by composting recycling and upcycling to maintain a small and environmentally friendly footprint. As far as possible we use our own wood for warmth, solar heat water, light with low voltage bulbs, maintain a low chemical salt pool, garden organically and encourage our thriving bee butterfly and bird populations.