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“Wonderful place, great guiding and perfect hostage”
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Avian Leisure
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Nambroca, Spain
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5 reviews
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“Wonderful place, great guiding and perfect hostage”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

We recently stay some nights in both, Shearwater and Watsonia apartments. The place is simply magnificient and Mary-Louise & Patrick very kind and knowledgeable persons. We're ornithologists and our stay at Avian Leisure and self-guided tour in Western Cape were very successful, thanks to the efforts of the property. Thank you Mary-Louise for your arrangements and thank you Patrick for your guided Cape tour and self-guided tour designs. We strongly recommended this place for naturalists and birdwatchers.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

Perfect for birders. Perfect for those who prefer native flowers and plants. Perfect for luxury-lovers. Perfect for those who love a sea-view (often with Southern right whales). Perfect for those who want to visit a penguin colony almost underfoot. Perfect for making a day trip to explore the Cape of Good Hope and then come back for a gourmet meal, seafood or otherwise. What else can we say? Perfect!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Monroe, Washington
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Stayed three nights as part of a Western Cape tour put together by the owners, Patrick and Marie Louise. Outstanding property, spacious and beautifully appointed. Stunning views of False Bay and landscape of natural flora and birdlife. Owners available and helpful but otherwise unobtrusive. We enjoyed what felt like our private getaway. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marie-Louise C, Owner at Avian Leisure, responded to this review, October 3, 2013
Dear Jeff,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write this wonderful review of Avian Leisure. Feedback like this is what makes our business so rewarding!
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Hampshire
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

The rooms are huge, spotless and equipped with things we didn't even know we would want. The owners are friendly, very knowledgeable, not invasive but on hand for advice, tips and wildlife info. The location and view is stunning, peaceful, beautiful and the porcupine which visited every evening was an added bonus. You'd have to go some to find a better place to stay to visit Cape Town and its environs.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Belo Horizonte, MG
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

The place is nice, but a bit far from town (you'll need a car). Internet was not working at all, and the phones didn't have signal there. As I stayed just one night there, it was not a big problem for me.

The apartment is very big and comfortable and the owner was very helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Marie-Louise C, Owner at Avian Leisure, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear Pedro, thank you so much for taking the time to write a review on your stay in Avian Leisure's Watsonia Apartment! We are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. As you mention we are in a rural setting 45 mins away from the Cape Town crowds, but close to scenic Cape Point, and less than 5 minutes by car from the village of Simon 's Town where the False Bay shark viewing and whale watching as well as kayaking trips start out. And we're even closer to the penguin colony - they can be seen at the bottom of our road all the way along to Boulder's Beach - Cape Town's best kept beach secret !
Not sure which mobile service provider you were using, but it is true that cell phone reception can prove problematic on the mountain slopes of the Peninsula - we are however more than happy for guests to use our landline at any time as back-up..
We are puzzled that you had a problem with the Internet as we pride ourselves on offering free fast wi-fii access in both Watsonia and our sea-facing Shearwater apartments. Possibly a small error may have occurred that we could have sorted out at the time of the problem. We look forward to having you stay once again at some stage in the future !
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Sandton, South Africa
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

A spacious, suite, beautiful views over False Bay. Furnishings, bedding, bathrooms spotless, comfortable. Excellent quality, elegantly appointed. Good value for money. Highly recommended. Will return.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Avian leisure is a superb holiday venue and I would recommend it to all travelers who intend on visiting Cape Town.

The views and rooms are amazing (We stayed in both rooms and they are both fantastic)

The hosts are also fantastic!

If you are doing Cape Town - do Avian Leisure!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Avian Leisure
Address: 88 Dorries Drive | Froggy Farm, Simon's Town 7975, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Cape Town > Simon's Town
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 Specialty Lodging in Simon's Town
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Avian Leisure 3.5*
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Avian Leisure has 2 modern and spacious self catering apartments in a magnificent situation on the mountain slope above the penguin colony in Simon's Town, Cape Town: Shearwater is a 2 bedroomed apartment (140 sqm) with 2 bathrooms, a large living area, fully equipped kitchen, opening onto a large wooden deck with breathtaking sea views. Watsonia (70 sqm) is on the side of the house with one bedroom, one bathrooom, large living area and kitchenette - although it has no patio and no direct seaviews, it makes a very comfortable base from which to enjoy the surrounding area. The house overlooks False Bay and is set amidst natural Cape Fynbos - and you can see whales, seals, penguins, sunbirds, sugarbirds and a host of other birds right from Shearwater's main bedroom! An added delight is the regular night-time view of porcupines coming to the garden pond!Avian Leisure’s location in Cape Town makes it perfect accommodation for activities and sightseeing in the Cape Peninsula such as birding, pelagic birding, shark trips, whale watching, kayakking, hiking, sunbathing and swimming in the sea, or just enjoying the natural beauty in the Table Mountain National Park ... more   less 
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