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The Klein River - Birdwatching

The Klein River - Birdwatching

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Meandering its way through Stanford until it meets up with the Hermanus Lagoon, the Klein River originates in its namesake, the Klein River Mountains. The River comprises of 80km, but only stretches across 5km as the crow flies from origin to where it meets the Lagoon. The Klein River is a popular attraction for Stanfordians and visitors alike to gather and soak up the balmy countryside days. The steadily flowing water and its surrounding grassy banks makes it a great spot to enjoy a lovely picnic while taking in the beautiful views of river, village and mountains. It’s also perfect for taking a quick dip in the cool water, gliding along the water by kayak or canoe, enjoying wonderful birdwatching and of course, indulging in a leisurely boat cruise with family, colleagues and friends. 


Along with providing us with stunning views and many fun ways to spend our days, the Klein River is also home to a variety of endemic bird species. The trees and reeds on the river banks provide shelter to various species like the African Swamphen, Darter, Little Egret, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbills, Egyptian Goose, Winged Stilt, Black Stork, African Fish Eagle and many more. 

Be sure to book your leisure cruise and experience all that the Klein River and its surroundings have to offer with Lady Stanford. 

Bird Species

More than 250 bird species can be spotted in the wider Stanford area, of which roughly, 120 bird species, nest and breed in the banks and reeds of the Klein River. Some of the bird species include:

  • Fish Eagle
  • Cape Weaver
  • Purple Heron
  • Moorhen
  • Cape Teal
  • Little Grebe
  • Black-Winged Stilt
  • Giant King Fisher
  • African Spoonbill
  • African Black Duck
  • Yellow Billed Kite
  • Greater Flamingo
The Klein River - Birdwatching

Lady Stanford River Cruise

Hop aboard the Lady Stanford for a scenic cruise along the Klein River toward the Hermanus Estuary bird sanctuary, and back. Lady Stanford River Cruises offers a spacious eco-friendly riverboat with two spacious levels, perfect for the ultimate photo opportunities. The Klein River is home to over a ...

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Along with providing us with stunning views and many fun ways to spend our days, the Klein River is also home to a variety of endemic bird species.

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Lady Stanford departs at scheduled times based on the season. Each trip can be on an exclusive or per person basis.