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Albasini Levubu

 Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge

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Set against a backdrop of mountains and forests, ancient ruins and sacred lakes, Shiluvari welcomes you to the warm heart of ancient Venda. Situated on the banks of the Albasini Dam overlooking the Luonde Mountains Shiluvari is the ideal place from which to explore this “Land of Legend”. Excellent birding on-site includes 8 different heron species including Black-crowned Night Heron and White-backed Night-Heron. African Finfoot and Osprey (summer months) are commonly seen on the dam, Buff-spotted Flufftail is heard and occasionally Grey-headed Kingfisher and Honey Buzzard are seen. Shiluvari specialises in birding and offers guided trips into Afro-temperate Forest, Lowveld Riverine Forest and Miombo Woodland. On these outings specials are Arnots Chat, Bat Hawk and Pels Fishing-Owl. Shiluvaris cool, thatched chalets overlook the Dam and mountains, and can be booked on a B&B or DBB basis and focuses on the special requirements of the birding fraternity, namely: flexible catering arrangements and organising local qualified birding guides. Rates: RRR (c)
Tel: 015 556 3406 | Fax: 015 556 3413 | e-mail:| info@shiluvari.com  |  More_Info_>>

 
Bandelierskop

 Last Post Nature Reserve

Accomodation Bookings Required Camping Guides
Last Post is situated in a beautiful range of hills, which form the transition between Sweet Bushveld and Lowveld. The property has a variety of habitat types and high biological diversity. Both plant and bird populations will be of interest to any naturalist. The Nature Reserve is situated on the Bandelierkop Geological Complex with an undulating landscape and deep kloofs. Walking is the best way to explore the area, as the bird life is a feast. Purple-crested Turaco, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Wahlbergs and African Hawk-Eagles, Black-headed Oriole, Scarlet-chested Sunbird and Bennett´s Woodpecker are familiar sights. In the valley Orange-winged Pytilia has often been seen. There are two accommodation options available. Camp Mocking Chat is situated high above a gorge with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. It is a rustic yet comfortable camp with wooden decks and a swimming pool and braai area. The Camp can sleep 18 people in three en-suite stone & thatch cottages and three canvas tents on wooden decks with shared ablutions. Camping facilities are available at ´Emerald Spot´ Tent Camp where there are ablution facilities, a braai area, lapa and three tents on wooden decks. Facilities are both self-catering and catered on request. Guided walks and drives are also available. Birding courses can be arranged for larger groups. • Rates: RR(s/c) - RRR (c)
Tel: 082 888 4463 | Cel: 082 376 9918 | Fax: 086 601 5271 | e-mail:| tourism@lastpost.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 
Eastern Soutpansberg

 Kliphuis

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The Kliphuis is situated in Entabeni Plantation, high up in the mountains between pristine Afro-montane Grasslands and extensive Afro-temperate Mistbelt forests. The 63 year old Foresters House has been beautifully renovated into a comfortable place to stay with running hot water and a fully equipped kitchen. There are two one-day trails starting from the house taking one through forest and grassland environments. This is where one can find Forest Buzzard, Aryes Hawk-Eagle, Bat Hawk, Lemon Dove, Orange Ground-Thrush, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Olive Woodpecker and Black-fronted Bush-Shrike. The Kliphuis can accommodate 8 people or more by arrangement. A more rustic option is the hikers hut, which can accommodate 22 people for which you must bring all your own bedding, cooking and eating utensils. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Rates: RRR (for the whole house) & R (for hikers hut)
Tel: 013 754 2724 | Fax: 013 754 2790 | e-mail:| ecotour@klf.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

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- This 300 hectar farm is 10 km from Louis Trichard on the eastern slopes of the Soutpansberg mountains. The property stretches from the base of the mountain in a bushveld area through the montane forests on the eastern slopes of the mountain to the top of the range where proteas are found. There is a network of walking trails on the farm and birding is rewarding as all the habitats are easily assessable. Over 200 species can be found on the farm and some of the specials include Eastern Nicator, Gogeous bushshrike, African Wood Owl, Scaly Throated Honeyguide, Green Twinspot, Narina Trogan and African Crowned Eagle The accommodation consists of guest houses with self catering facilities, guest rooms and camping facilities. The guest houses and rooms are located in or around the original farm house. The farm house includes a lounge and dining area, open plan kitchen, reception, craft shop, verandahs and a refreshing swimming pool and garden. The Lodge can also cater for breakfast, lunch and dinner on request.
Tel: + 27 (0) 15 516 02 2 | Cel: + 27 (0) 83 342 41 6 | Fax: + 27 (0) 86 648 29 2 | e-mail:| farmlodge@mweb.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 Morning Sun Nature Reserve and Mashovhela Lodge

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The 2000 hectare reserve is in the heart of the Soutpansberg mountains. As the reserve in on the northern slopes of the mountain range and has a number of rivers and streams flowing through the area it has a wide range of habitats including arid mountain bushveld, rivirine forests and semi-deciduous scrup forest together with high mountain grassland, rock slopes and high cliffs. This results in a wide varitiey of birds including Verrauxs Eagles that nest in sight of the lodge, and in the riverine bush around the lodge Gorgous Bush-Shrike, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Narina Trogon, Purple-crested Lourie and flocks of exquisite Crested Guineafowl. A number of specials have been seen here on and off including Pink-throated Twinspot, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Golden-backed Pytlia, Cape Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Black Stork and Bat Hawk. The lodge has 10 intimate en-suite chalets, have a unique ethnic feel, whilst offering complete comfort and privacy. Children are accommodated in our family friendly unit, and there is also a resturant and conference centre.
Tel: +27 (0) 15 517 7176 | Cel: +27(0) 79 602 5482 | Fax: +27(0) 12991 6930 | e-mail:| info@mashovhela.com  |  More_Info_>>

 
Kruger National Park

 
North Western Flats

 BIVACK GAME LODGE

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A rare opportunity to experience wildest AfricaSet between the mighty Limpopo and Mogalakwena rivers and on the border between South Africa and Botswana, Bivack Game Lodge more than meets the challenge of living up to its name. Meaning shelter, Bivack is home to not only 2500 hectares of riverine and mopane bushveld but also to a great concentration and diversity of birdlife and wildlife. Some of the bird species that can be seen here include Verreauxs eagles, Marabou, Yellow-billed, Abdims and Saddle-billed Storks, Goliath Heron, Martial Eagle, Great-spotted Cuckoo and Senegal Coucal. At night you can hear Rufous-cheeked European Nightjars or even Pearl-spotted and Spotted Eagle-Owl. Other regional specials include Meyers Parrot, Broad-billed Roller, Dusky Lark, Mevess Starling, Tropical Boubou and Lark-like Bunting. Although Bivacks 4-star fully catered bush camp can easily accommodate 15 people at a time, it limits the number of bookings it takes, ensuring that each stay is tailormade to our guests requirements. Well known for its friendly staff and excellent cuisine, it also offers a variety of activities, from driving and walking safaris to even a memorable visit to Mapungubwe. Bivacks dedication to its natural environment, together with that of pampered luxury, ensures that it retains its reputation as the unforgettable jewel of the north.
Tel: +27(0)15 5751499 | e-mail:| info@bivack.com  |  More_Info_>>

 Mogalakwena River Lodge

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Mogalakwena is a four star lodge which offers a luxurious African experience. From the deck of the lodge one is able to view up to 25 species in a sitting, including African Finfoot, Black Crake, and Dwarf Bittern as well as many kingfishers and herons. There are resident Southern Pied Babbler and Crimson-breasted Shrike and many colourful waxbills, such as Black-faced, Blue and Violet-eared Waxbills. The lodge offers game drives, wildlife walks and giraffe tracking. Guests are able to visit the Craft Art Development Foundation where one can see the Pedi women producing a variety of crafts. There is a well-equipped conference and functions venue for executive and private functions as well as tailor made weddings. Mogalakwena River Lodge has a central lodge with four rooms, swimming pool, dining and open lounge areas. The four private chalets have exquisite views and privacy. This exclusive lodge caters for sixteen guests in eight double rooms with en-suite facilities.

Cel: 072 123 0505
e-mail: info@mogalakwena.com
Website: http://www.mogalakwena.com
Tel: 015 575 1192 | Cel: 072 123 0505 | Fax: 015 575 1119 | e-mail:| info@mogalakwena.com  |  More_Info_>>

 Umkwali Tented Bush Camp

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This18 000 hectare property specializes in the cheetah experience where you track cheetah on foot, but the vast property near Alldays is an excellent birding venue. The area has a strong Kalahari aspect to the habitat and as a result is a good area for the dry land species of Limpopo. Crimson Breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Barred Wren Warbler and Kori Bustard can all be seen here while safely walking on trails in the reserve. There is also some good knob thorn woodland that is excellent for raptors like Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Gabar Goshawk and both Pale and Dark Chanting Goshawk can be seen here. The camp has 4 tents, each set on a wooden deck with an en-suite, open-air bathroom. The camp is lit by fire light and parrafine lanterns which seem to amplify the nights sound of Africa as Guests relax and enjoy the evening
Cel: +27 82 554 9016 | e-mail:| visionafrica@mweb.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 
North-eastern Venda

 Golwe, Vhurivhuri Picnic & Campsite

Accomodation Bookings Required Camping Comunity Project Guides Roadside Attractions Trails Picnic
Golwe Picnic and Campsite is a large shady site situated in a secluded valley in Venda off the Masisi Road. The site is rural and tranquil, an ideal place to get-away to. Bird watching is good in and around the campsite. At dawn one can hear African Broadbill around the campsite. Other special birds are Pink-throated Twinspot, Scaly-throated Honeyguide and Crowned Hornbill. Marked circular trails lead from the campsite up the valley and to a waterfall. The campsite offers a convenient base from which to visit Mpaphuli Cycad Reserve, Makhuya Park and the Gundani Brachystegia Woodland. We recommend booking Christopher Nethonzhe, who is the local site guide (Birdlife SA accredited) to guide you along the trails. Golwe is owned and run by members of the Vhurivhuri community. All proceeds go towards the development of the community and supporting unemployed people in the village. The campsite has ablution facilities with hot/cold water and flushing toilets, braai stands, picnic tables and 4 camp sites. Firewood is available to buy. The area is multifunctional and can accommodate people who want to have open-air meetings and parties. The site is accessible to 2-wheel drive vehicles and caravans. How to get there: From the south - Turn off the R524 towards Thohoyandou. Drive through Thohoyandou to Sibasa and straight on to the T-junction indicating Donald Fraser Hospital (left) and Masisi (right). Go right towards Masisi. Continue towards Masisi for another 37 km. (At time of writing the last 25km of this road which is gravel was to be tarred) Turn right off the road towards Lambani/ Gunda and follow the signboards to the site for another 1,8 km. From the north - Turn off the R525 at Masisi towards Tshikondeni Mine. Do not take the left turn to the mine but continue straight on towards Sibasa/Thohoyandou for another +/- 25km. The site is sign posted off this road to your right. Contact details: Booking is not required, but notice of your arrival is appreciated, so that preparations can be made. Christopher Nethonzhe: 076 302 9383 (Community Representative) Ernest: 076 196 3691 (Community Representative) Rates/Entry Fee: R5 per adult entry. R5 per vehicle. R30 per adult camping. Day visitors welcome.
Tel: 076 302 9383 | Cel: 076 196 3691 | |  More_Info_>>

 Gundani Mutsiwa Campsite (Brachystegia Woodland)

Accomodation Bookings Required Camping Comunity Project Roadside Attractions Trails
This is the only known patch of Miombo (Brachystegia) woodland in South Africa. Miombo woodland is common in Zimbabwe and further north. A number of bird specials associated with Miombo have been seen here. These are White-breasted Cuckooshrike and Southern Hyliota. Frequently seen is Pink-throated Twinspot. If you are lucky you might find Blue-spotted Wood-Dove. There are unconfirmed reports of Red-throated Twinspot and Spotted Creeper (so please send reports of sightings of these species). A charming campsite has been opened at the woodland, funded by the Jensen Charity Foundation and facilitated by the birding route. The campsite will assist the community derive economic benefit from tourism, especially avi-tourism. The people who manage the campsite live in the village and are otherwise unemployed. All proceeds go directly into maintenance of the campsite and into a community fund. There are hot/cold showers, flush toilets, firewood for sale and 6 cleared tent sites. To make the best of the birding in the woodland, you should spend at least one night, preferably two, there. It can get hot, so use the late afternoon and early morning to bird. There is a marked trail into the woodland and thus 4x4´s are not required. However do be careful in the campsite, as the area is very sandy! If you do get stuck the camp assistants will help push you out. To get there: From the south - Turn off the R524 towards Thohoyandou. Drive through Thohoyandou to Sibasa and straight on to the T-junction indicating Donald Fraiser Hospital (left) and Masisi (right). Go right towards Masisi. Continue on this road for 12 km and turn left towards Thengwe. Continue for 5.1 km until and turn right towards Mutale. Continue for 21 km until you see the signboard to Gundani to your right. From this turn off it is 3 km to the campsite. It will take about 45min from Thohoyandou. From the north (Pafuri/ Musina) turn off the R525 and get onto the road that runs past Sagole Spa and the Big Tree. West of the Big Tree is a road to the south marked ´Sibasa´. Take this road, past Shakadza, to where the tar road begins. Follow the tar road until you see the signboard to Gundani, indicating left. Booking is not required, but notice of your arrival is appreciated, so that preparations can be made. John Thavhanyedza: 072 222 9154 (Community Representative) Vho-Musanda Miranda: 072 214 0258 (Community Headman) Rates: Entry Fee: R30 pp camping. R5 pp for day entry. R5 per vehicle.
Tel: 072 222 9154 | Cel: 072 214 0258 | |  More_Info_>>

 Pafuri Rivercamp

Accomodation Bookings Required Camping
Pafuri Rivercamp is a private tented tree house camp, on the banks of the Mutale River. Situated 3 km from the Pafuri Gate of Kruger Park, the camp is an ideal base from which to explore Northern Kruger, Mozambique, Makuya Nature Reserve and Venda. The atmosphere is informal and relaxed, so enjoy a drink next to the pool, or watch the sun go down from Sunset Ridge. Enjoy the freedom of Africa from their Main Camp, Bush Camp or secluded Campsites.

Fully equipped and serviced tents and kitchens, campsites, braai facilities, lapa / restaurant, swimming pool, tea and coffee, laundry, open parking, fridge in room, linen and towels supplied

Tel: 082 785 0305 | Cel: 082 785 0305 | e-mail:| info@pafuri.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 Xisaka Guest House

Accomodation Bookings Required
Xisaka Guest House (meaning nest) in a suburb of Giyani provides the perfect base from which to explore this under-birded area. Nsami dam is about 10km from Xisaka and is one of the best sites for summer waders in the Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route. The riverine bush of the Letaba river running through Giyani can also provide interesting birding. A trainee bird guide,who can be contacted via the geust house, can show you around the area. In the garderns of the guest house you may see, Red-headed Weavers, Klaass Cuckoo, African Green Pigeon and Jamesons Firefinch. The guest house has nine en-suite rooms , all named after birds in Xitsonga, with a large thatched lapa where meals are served. The owner Pat Dlamini provides delicious breakfasts and dinners of traditional Tshonga fair. Breakfasts are included in the cost of accommodation.
Tel: +27(0)15 8123986 | e-mail:| xisaka@exclusivemail.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 
Western Limpopo River Valley

 BALERNO BUSH LODGE

Accomodation Bookings Required
Balerno Bush Lodge is situated next to Mapungubwe National Park, and is a perfect venue for small groups visiting the Park. The camp is situated in a mix of mopane and broadleaved woodland with rocky outcrops. The farm has a dam which attracts a good variety of water birds and raptors. The camp is build into a rocky outcrop and the gardens around the camp attracts Paradise Fly-Catchers, Mocking Cliff-Chat and Red-winged Starlings. The camp, is made up of seven thatched bungalows, each with own bathroom, double bed and single bed. Bungalows are around a well equipped open plan lounge, farm kitchen, stoep, braai area, boma and plunge pool in the rocks. The Lodge is booked as a unit so you have the farm to yourselves. The farm is safe to explore on foot or vehicle and has very interesting sandstone koppies, game such as kudu, blue wildebeest, zebra and impala as well as various bird species. The owners can organize birders access to farm dams in the area if they have some prior warning. The camp sleeps 14 adults extra beds and can be arranged if needed. This is the ideal venue for self catering groups who want to explore the northern limpopo river area. Meals on request by prior arrangement.
Tel: +27 (0) 15 575 1074 | Cel: 27 (0) 829656934 | Fax: +27(0) 865248711 | e-mail:| balerno@lantic.net  |  More_Info_>>

 Mapungubwe National Park

Accomodation Bookings Required Hides Roadside Attractions Picnic
Whether you are a beginner birder or an experienced birder, you have to visit the Mapungubwe National Park. The abundance of birdlife is quite spectacular and there are lots of specials to find. Two large hides have been built, one in bushveld habitat and one on the Limpopo River. A Tree Top walkway through the forest canopy on the banks of the Limpopo River has also been developed especially for bird watching. All hides are wheelchair-friendly. The other attraction of the park is the great number and variety of archaeological sites. These date from early Stone Age and Iron Age to the present. The most notable of the sites is Mapungubwe Hill. The artefacts found on these sites reflect one of the most complex social and political entities in Africa during the 8th and 9th Centuries. Guided night drives are offered, but no walking trails, as there are dangerous animals in the Park. For an additional fee the park also offers an Eco-route, which is a self-drive route through some of the remoter parts of the park, and a guided trail into a limited motorised zone. The park offers a number of self-catering accommodation options: Leokwe Rest Camp (14 units), Limpopo Forest Tented Camp (7 units), Tshugulu Lodge (sleeps 12). Rates: RRR - RRRR (s/c)
Tel: 015 534 2014 | Fax: 015 534 2014 | |  More_Info_>>

 Mmabolela

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If you need to get into the bush, relax and feel un-pressured, this is the place to be. With little interference from the owners you really have the place to yourself. Mmabolela covers 5300 ha of dry bushveld with 12 km of Limpopo river frontage. It is renowned for its exceptional wealth of birdlife. Over 300 bird species have been recorded in the area. Specials include African Finfoot, Verreaux´s Eagle Owl, Broadbill Roller and Dusky Lark. The combination of permanent pools in the Limpopo River, tall riparian woodland and arid thornveld, intersected by numerous ephemeral streams provides a rich diversity of habitats and plant communities. In addition many migrants traverse the area during spring and autumn. There are a number of (self-drive) game drives and circuit routes that cover the entire reserve. The absence of elephant or lion makes walking, jogging and biking all possible. The Weerderdooper Homestead offers old-fashioned relaxation and quietude with three double rooms and the adjacent cottages four en-suite double rooms. The quaint Tuli homestead (paraffin & gas) has four double bedrooms. Both houses are fully equipped, staffed and only self-catering accommodation is offered. Visits to Mmabolela are limited to homestead guests only ensuring an exclusive ´go-where-you-will´ stay. Rates: R250 pp minimum of R1000 pd (Tuli Homestead) - R250 pp with a minimum of R1250 (Weerderdooper Homestead) for the whole house.
Tel: 014 767 1187 | e-mail:| mark@mmabolela.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 Mopane Bush Lodge

Accomodation Bookings Required Guides
Mopane Bush Lodge is the ideal base from which to go birding in the new MAPUNGUBWE NATIONAL PARK, with its riverine forest along the Limpopo River, sandstone cliffs and mopane bushveld. Possible bird species in the area are almost 400. The owners will also organize private visits to the Den Staat Wetlands. This locality, otherwise out of bounds, is one of South Africas premier waterbird sites. The wetlands are home to many herons, egrets, sandpipers, bitterns, plovers, storks, pelicans including Grey Crowned Crane and Green Sandpiper. Tropical Boubou, Mevess Starling, Meyers Parrot, African Mourning Dove, Broad-billed Roller, Kori Bustard, Senegal Coucal can be found in the Limpopo River Valley. Burchells and Double-banded Sandgrouse are found in the drier areas. Specially organised trips can be arranged to see the resident Collared Palm-Thrush and Pels Fishing-Owl. The lodge also offers easy access to the Mapungubwe World Heritage Landscape, San rock art sites and the tracking of endangered wild dog. It is situated on the Mapesu Nature Reserve, a safe environment for walking, birding, cycling and bush drives, with many species of game and over 220 bird species. There are two birding trails along the Mapedu River. Mopane Bush Lodge has accommodation for 16 in eight twin-bedded thatched chalets, each within its own kraal, with private en-suite bathroom, an additional outdoor shower, and a secluded veranda. Excellent food, with a personal touch, is served in the spacious dining room, in the boma under the magnificent night skies, in the lapa around the sparkling pool or in the bush. Lunch boxes can be provided for birding day outings. Come and enjoy personal service by the owners. Rates: RRRR
Tel: 015 534 7906 | Cel: 083 244 9200 | e-mail:| mopanebushlodge@limpopo.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 Tuli Safari Lodge

Accomodation Camping Comunity Project Guides Hides Trails
Tuli Safari Lodge operates in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, a beautiful, unspoilt corner of Botswana home to diverse wildlife, over 350 birds species and boasting a rich cultural heritage, just a few minutes drive from the Pont Drift border post. We offer varied accommodation options: Tuli Safari Lodge: a charming home-from-home on the banks of the Limpopo. With friendly staff and just 8 individually designed suites, we can offer our guests a personalised, relaxed and exciting stay. All suites have double/twin beds, en-suite bathrooms, sitting areas and air conditioning. Nokalodi: our rustic self-catering bush camp, with 4 en-suite meru-style tents and fully-equipped kitchen/braai area. Nokalodi overlooks beautiful riverine bush and is backed by a massive sandstone cliff where resident Black Eagles nest. Molema: our community joint venture camp site (4 sites each with own reed-enclosed shower/toilet/basin & braai facility) and 4 fully-furnished self-catering chalets, located near the Platjan border post. The area is scenically very different to the rest of Botswana, with dominant basalt formations and large areas of rugged sandstone hills and ridges, together with a network of mostly dry riverbeds and riverine forests as well as open grasslands and marshy areas. Tuli is recognised as an Important Bird Area, and specials in the area include Kori bustard, Senegal coucal, Threebanded courser, Ayres Hawk Eagle, Bat Hawk and Pels fishing owl. As well as birding with our accredited local bird guide, you can enjoy game drives & walks, spend time at our hides and participate in our community & conservation projects. Tuli is a great destination in its own right, and also an ideal stop-off point en route to the Kalahari, Delta, Chobe & beyond, or a natural extension to a Limpopo/Waterberg/Northern Kruger trip. Email: tuli@global.bw or Web:
Tel: +267 264 5343 | Fax: +267 264 5344 | e-mail:| info@tulilodge.com  |  More_Info_>>

 Venitia Limpopo Nature Reserve

Accomodation Bookings Required Guides Hides Trails
This De Beers property that is situated adjacent to the Mapungubwe National Park member of the national Diamond Birding Route. The 33 000 hectare reserve is dominated by mopane woodland and has beautiful riverine forests and sandstone cliffs in the north. Over 4oo species have been recorded in the reserve including Mayers Parrot, Meves Starling, Senegal Coucal and Tropical Boubou. The Lodge called Little Muck, can accommodate 17 people in three luxury air-conditioned chalets or in three separate air-conditioned double rooms. The central lodge has a fully equipped kitchen and an open dinning and recreation area with a pub, swimming pool and camp fire. Guests can choose to be self catering or fully catered. The lodge is set amongst the sandstone outcrops of the area and birds often seen around the camp include African Green Pigeon, Black-faced Waxbill, and Grey-backed Camaroptera. The reserve has a trained bird guide who can take guests to the local birding hotspots in the area or for walks in the reserve. You can also go wild dog tracking, and have the chance of seeing Elephant, White and Black Rhino and a variety of antelope species on the reserve.
Tel: 015 534 2986 or 015 | Fax: 015 534 0971 | e-mail:| venitia.reserve@debeersgroup.c  |  More_Info_>>

 
Western Soutpansberg

 Buzzard Mountain Retreat

Accomodation Bookings Required Camping Roadside Attractions Trails
Buzzard Mountain Retreat was one of the first privately owned areas in the Soutpansberg to become known to the birding fraternity. To this day it is still one of the best-known birding spots in this area. It is situated on the southern slopes and top of the mountain. Habitat varies from Sweet Mixed Bushveld to Afrotemperate Mist-belt Forest to Afromontane Grasslands with Proteas where Cape Rock Thrush, Cape Grassbird, Malachite Sunbird and Gurneys Sugarbird are found. From the high cliffs, overlooking the mountains one gets excellent views of a variety of raptors especially falcons. Look out for Lanner & Peregrine Falcon, Verreauxs Eagle and Jackal Buzzard. Before descending from the cliffs keep a sharp eye out for the Cape Eagle-Owls as they live on this rocky plateau. Walk along the trails through the forests below the cliffs and look out for Orange-winged Pytilia, Green Twinspot, Lemon Dove, Forest Buzzard and Aryers Hawk-Eagle to name just a few. The very affordable accommodation consists of fully equipped self-catering stone cottages and basic wooden cabins for camping. Day visits must be booked in advance. Rates: R - RR (s/c)
Tel: 015 516 4896 | Cel: 083 469 2526 | Fax: 015 516 4896 | |  More_Info_>>

 Camp Africa

Accomodation Bookings Required Camping

Camp Africa is situated on the fringes of indigenous forest and has a beautiful view over Makhado (Louis Trichardt) and of the plains to the south of the Soutpansberg mountains. The camp is on forestry land close to Hanglip Forest. Birds in the area are typical forest species such as Knysna Turaco, Lemon Dove, Chorister Robin-Chat and African Firefinch. A pair of Crowned Eagles nest in a large tree close to the camp. The camp is owned and run by Masazane Expeditions who run guided 4x4 and 2x4 trails in the Soutpansberg. The camp consists of five huts (originally used on the old Soutpansberg Hiking Trail). Each hut contains two single beds and a double bunker, i.e. four beds. The kitchen area has two fireplaces and a double sink. The ablution block has a separate ladies and gents’ area, each having its own toilet, washbasin and two showers with hot water from a geyser. There is also an outside lapa-fireplace. Tel: 082 829 5421 • Fax: 015 516 4819 • e-mail: mailto:info@masazane.co.za• web: http://www.masazane.co.za/ Rates: R (camping) RRR (per hut)

Tel: 082 829 5421 | Fax: 015 516 4819 | e-mail:| info@masazane.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 Harnham House

Accomodation Bookings Required Camping Trails
Harnham House is on the Bluegumspoort road not far out of Makhado (Louis Trichardt). The Bluegumspoort road runs along a valley on the top of the Soutpansberg mountains making it one of the most scenic drives in the area. The vegetation is montane grasslands with mosaic forest patches in the kloofs. On the property there are lovely mountain streams and dams. There are no marked trails, but you can wonder up the mountain at your leisure. Birds to see here are Long-crested Eagle, African Wood-Owl, Black Saw-wing, Cape Batis, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Streaky-headed Seed-eater. There are three options for accommodation: The House which has five bedrooms and sleeps 10 - 12 guests with a fully equipped kitchen, DSTV lounge, fire place, pool, Jacuzzi and private Boma; the Mountain Cottage which is a self catering unit with two bedrooms and sleeps 4 guests and lastly two 4-bed chalets on the dam with boma and braai areas. Camping is also available with ablution facilities. Full catering is by prior arrangement. Rates: RRR (s/c & c)
Tel: 015 517 7260 | Cel: 082 894 1636 | e-mail:| alls@mweb.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 Lajuma Mountain Retreat

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Lajuma is situated high up on the southern slopes of the Soutpansberg mountain range. Ian Gaigher, the owner, has been very involved in setting up the Western Soutpansberg Conservancy and has a strong interest and knowledge of the mountain and its natural environment. The farm has afro-temperate forest, riverine forest, wetlands, woodlands, thickets and montane grassland. Bird specials are breeding pairs of Verreauxs Eagle, African Crowned Eagle and Jackal Buzzard. Crested Guineafowl and Narina Trogon are abundant. Mountain Wagtail, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Grey Cuckoo Shrike and White-Starred Robin are found as well as six species of pigeons and doves. Three types of accommodation are available all of which are separate, en suite and fully equipped for self-catering. The Waterfall Lodge is situated in an isolated valley overlooking a small waterfall. The lodge consists of two chalets, each with a double and a single bed, and an enclosed lapa with kitchen, lounge and fireplace. The Forest Chalet is nestled against a forest with a view of the mountain in front. This can accommodate two people or a couple with small children. The Wilderness Camp can accommodate up to 30 people in six units. Rates: RR-RRR (s/c & c)
Tel: 015 593 0352 | Cel: 083 308 7027 | Fax: 015 593 0352 | e-mail:| Leopard@Lajuma.com  |  More_Info_>>

 Lesheba Wilderness

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Once you have been to Lesheba, you are going to want to go again and again. It stretches along the top of the Soutpansberg Mountains. The bird life is good: over 260 species have been recorded on this property alone. The tree diversity is also very high, with over 380 different plant species. Peter, your host, is passionate about trees and a walk with him will make you wonder why you have become a birdwatcher and not a botaniser. Game includes leopard, white rhino, wildebeest and giraffe, which you can see on foot or on game drives. A wide variety of habitat types are found on the farm: open grassland, woodland, arid mountain bushveld and afro-temperate mistbelt forest. There are 10 marked hiking trails of varying length, covering most of the farm. Two exclusive bush camps, both fully equipped for self-catering. Full catering is offered from The Village. Internationally acclaimed Venda artist, Noria Mabasa, helped create the Venda Village. At the village there is a luxury outdoor bathroom and a thatched lapa with fireplace. The Village sleeps 13 sharing; with en-suite accommodation. The second bush camp, Hamasha, has four en-suite bedrooms with a lounge, indoor fireplace and braai and sleeps 8 sharing. Rates: RRR (s/c) RRRR (c)
Tel: 015 593 0076 | Cel: 083 444 0456 | e-mail:| magic@lesheba.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 Medike Mountain Reserve

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Medike Mountain Reserve is nestled deep in the Sand River Gorge in the heart of the Soutpansberg Mountains. Marietjie and Hannes Underhay, the owners, have a deep love for the region as well as a broad knowledge of the natural history of the Soutpansberg. The best way to savour Medikes rich ecological diversity is on foot. More than 30 km of marked hiking trails meander through forested kloofs, rugged gorges, waterfalls, archaeological sites and mountain streams. The diversity of natural habitats (Afrotemperate Forest, Woodlands, Riverine forest, Montane Grassland and Arid Mountain Bushveld) found on Medike, affords a large variety of fauna and flora. Nearly 200 bird species have been identified, including the Crested Guineafowl, Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, African Crowned Eagle, Eastern Nicator and the Narina Trogon. Other bird specials include the African Fish-Eagle, Osprey, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Little Sparrow-Hawk, Gabar Goshawk, Purple Crested and Knysna Turacos. Accommodation is fully equipped self-catering or with the option of meals. Murango Boulder Cottage sleeps 7 and is built into gigantic boulders on the banks of the Sand River. Dzhiawolala Pioneer Cottage sleeps 7 and is a restored old trading post, dating from the early nineteen thirties. Masianoke Log Cabin sleeps 4 and is nestled in the mountainside with a wooden deck overlooking the cliffs of the Sand River Gorge. Rates R-RR (s/c) RRR (c)
Tel: 015 516 0481 | Cel: 082 893 2958 | Fax: 088 015 516 0481 | e-mail:| medike@mweb.co.za  |  More_Info_>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
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