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SSet in the scenic Waterberg Mountains lies the small Bushveld town of Modimolle (previously named Nylstroom). The Sotho name Modimolle refers to the mountain, meaning the ‘God(s) have eaten.’ The imposing Kranskop Mountain that rises above the surrounding landscape is a natural beacon on the N1 Highway that runs between Pretoria and Polokwane en route to the Kruger National Park. This area is well known for its abundant plants and indigenous trees, prolific birdlife and free roving game. Nature and adventure enthusiasts also enjoy spending time hiking, game viewing and other outdoor activities. The bustling town of Modimolle boasts several historic venues and monuments for those who enjoy South Africa’s rich heritage. Here, in the heart of the Bushveld on a 64-hectare farm, are Birdsong Cottages, a series of self- catering cottages 14 kilometres outside the town on the R101. At Birdsong, guests wanting to escape city life bustle can choose between budget, standard and luxury cottage units. Nestled in the bush, Birdsong Cottages get their name from the plentiful birdlife that flock to the Nylsvley Nature Reserve, a 30-minute drive away. Birdsong is an easy 90-minute drive from Pretoria and 2 ½ -hour drive from Johannesburg. As soon as guests turn off the R101, they start to unwind. Driving on the eight-kilometre gravel farm road, guests pass through beautiful natural bush before reaching the peaceful cottages nestling in the hills. The farm also features a country pool, two farm dams and surrounding gardens. Birdsong Cottages boasts a pleasing variety of accommodation to suit everyone; from comfortable budget or standard four- and eight sleeper cottages at the foot of the two farm dams; to a luxurious four-sleeper rondavel and upmarket six-sleeper thatched villa located on the hill overlooking the dams. For couples, friends, families and small groups that enjoy peaceful natural surroundings, few can beat what Birdsong Cottages has to offer! There’s an added bonus; Birdsong Cottages are ideal to hold small parties, functions, conferences and weddings. The Uitkyk venue offers conference facilities for up to 30 delegates, while the picturesque wedding chapel can seat 50-60 people.