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Albasini Levubu

 Albasini Dam (DWAF)

Roadside Attractions Picnic
The Department of Water Affairs owns an extensive part of the water frontage on the dam. This can be reached quite easily through the main gate, near the dam wall. From this point one should look out for Osprey in summer as they are often near this end of the dam. The normal array of waterbirds such as White-breasted Cormorant, Green-backed Heron, African Darter can be seen here, but best of all is the large tract of sour bushveld criss-crossed by numerous roads which you can drive or walk along. Here you will find plenty of bushveld birds and will be able to push up your species totals for your trip. This is one of the few places in the region that you can find Yellow-throated Longclaw. To get there: Take the R524 east from Makhado; 21 km out of town turn right down the gravel road marked ´Albasini´. The picnic site is 2.5 km further on, on the right. Just through the entrance gate take a sharp turn right and find your way along the roads. Please note that the best birding on the dam is done by boat trip organized by Luonde or Shiluvari on the southern side of the dam. Opening Hours: 7:00 - 18:00 • Entry Fee: R15 per vehicle, R5 per person.

 Jacana Dam

Roadside Attractions
This little dam has produced Lesser Jacana. It is not clear if the birds are breeding on the site, nor how long they have been here, but it is worth the visit nonetheless since it would be on your way to Kruger or North Eastern Venda. Other birds seen here are African Pygmy Goose, Thick-billed Weaver, a number of Widow species and Common Moorhen (look out for Lesser Moorhen as it is sure to be found here too). Sometimes the vegetation between the road and dam can be quite thick making access to the edge of the water awkward. To get to the dam from Makhado (Louis Trichardt) take the road to Thohoyandou/Punda Maria. Pass the Entabeni turn off, pass three turn-offs to Levubu, 3.3km after the unexpected 4-way stop, turn right at the 4th sign to Levubu. This is a gravel road. Exactly 2 km down this road you will see the dam on your left. If you are coming form the east (Kruger or Thohoyandou) turn right at the first sign to Levubu, 3km past the sign ´Welcome to Makhado Municipal Area´. The dam will be 2km down this road on your left. If you are coming from Levubu, turn left at the ´Levubu Filling Station´ towards Thohoyandou. Drive for 1.6 km and turn right towards ´Hoewes´. The dam is 3.5 km down this road on the right. Take a look at Africa Birds & Birding Vol.6 No. 5 (Oct/Nov 2001). This issue has some wonderful photographs of Lesser Jacana, which will help you recognise the bird when you see it, as it can be easily confused with an immature African Jacana.

 Levubu Post Office Tree

Roadside Attractions
There is a large Mobola Plum tree (Parinari curatellifolia) right outside the Levubu Post Office. During the early summer months (Aug Nov) Grey-headed Parrots often feed in this tree during the day. If you are in the Levubu area spend some time around the tree and you may be lucky. They can sometimes be seen flying over the rugby fields, just to the north of the post office. How to get there: take the 2nd Levubu turn off from the Makhado (Louis Trichardt) Punda Maria road (R524). After 4.6 km you will reach a T-junction, turn left towards ´Levubu Oos´. The Post Office is 2km on, on the LHS, just before the Primary School (and before the next T-junction).

 Muirhead Dams

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This is the only reliable place in South Africa to find Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, one of our region´s top 10 birds. Other species found on and around the dam are African Pygmy Goose, Horus Swift, Dark-capped Yellow Warbler, Red-backed Mannikins and Lesser Moorhen. This private farm dam is magical. A bird hide has been built on the dam and trails have been laid out around the dam. The owner of the property kindly allows birdwatchers to visit his dam free of charge. Please respect his privacy and his property. To get there: From the R524, 21 km east out of Makhado, turn left into the property ´Royal Macadamia´. As you turn off the main road, keep right. Pass the macadamia nut orchard (on your left) and banana plantation (on your right) and 800 meters on, park your car next to the bat box (just before crossing the dam wall). Find your way around the dams following the paths. Horus swifts use the soil bank, just across the wall. The Blue-spotted Dove is usually found on the northern side of the dams. If you are there after hours then look around the pack sheds just to the west of the dam for the dove.

 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:|

Eastern Limpopo River Valley

Eastern Soutpansberg

 Entabeni Forest

Roadside Attractions
Entabeni Forest is an Afro-temperate Mist-belt Forest situated on the Entabeni Plantation. The forest boasts good specials such as Orange Ground-Thrush, Black-fronted Bush-Shrike, White-starred Robin, Green Twinspot, Knysna Turaco, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Collared Sunbird and Brown Scrub-Robin. The forest is extensive, but only parts of it are easily accessible. A main forestry road passes through one patch of the forest and close to another. The road is used by forestry vehicles, so drive carefully. To get there: About 35 km out of Makhado (Louis Trichardt) on the R524 turn onto the road marked Entabeni. Drive along this road to the gate. There are no signboards, so set your odometer. (NB 0km-gate, 1 km-turn right. 2.5km- turn left). The first site is 9km from the gate and the second is 11 km from the gate. Birding in the first forest patch is done along the road, as there are no paths into the forest here. It is recommended that you go onto the second site. Turn right at the triangle intersection, 9.9km from the gate. Look out for a track to your left 250 meters on. A ‘Private No Entry’ sign marks this track. Take the track anyway and another 250 meters on where the pine compartment ends and the road enters indigenous forest. Park your vehicle here and walk along the road ahead. The Orange Thrush is seen at the first stream and the Black-fronted Bushshrike a little further on. It will take you about ½ hour to drive from the R524 to the forests. Do not try to find the picnic site as you might get lost. On your way up, look out for Aryes´ Hawk-Eagle and Bat Hawk at dusk. Entry fee: R5 p/p and R10 p/v

 Roodewal Nature Reserve

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This is the most reliable site for African Broadbill. The best time to hear the Broadbill is just before dawn and just after dusk. The Broadbills can be heard for longer periods during the day in the summer months. Other species often seen here are Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Eastern Nicator, Narina Trogon, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Green Twinspot and Red-faced Cisticola. The vegetation is Semi-deciduous Scrub Forest which is a low canopy forest with a mix of woodland, riverine and Afro-montane tree species. This is a forest type that has recently spread across the Soutpansberg and has unfortunately replaced much of the mixed grasslands that used to cover the mountains 100 years ago. The birding is nonetheless very good. To get there take the R524 (Thohoyandou/Punda Maria road from Makhado), 15.8 km after leaving Makhado you will see a sign: Welgevonden (in red letters). Turn left onto this gravel road and drive 4.1 km. Here, at the end of a Macadamia nut orchard, is a small concealed track that runs steeply down to the left into a thick patch of forest. Park at this point if the road looks wet. The track goes on 300 m before reaching a small parking area and picnic site. Two marked trails have been laid out leading from the parking spot. One trail leads you up the Levubu River and the other up one of its tributaries. Both trails go past the Crowned Eagle nest, which is situated in the pine compartment. There is also a picnic site consisting of chairs and tables. Enjoy the birding: Roodewal is one of my favourite sites. NB: There is a boom on the road to the forest, which opens in the morning and closes in the evening. If you are planning a very early start at the forest you will need to make arrangements for the boom to be opened with Erina Lombard on 083 452 2091.
Cel: 083 452 2091 |

 Wyllies Poort Tunnels

Roadside Attractions
The Wyllie´s Poort Tunnels, about 20 km north of Makhado (Louis Trichardt), are worth a stop. From the viewing/parking area between the two tunnels you can pick up Drakensberg Prinia and Mocking Cliff-chats in the rocky gorge below and Short-toed Rock Thrush hopping above the tunnels. A pair of Verreaux´s Eagles are usually seen soaring in the sky above. Remember you are on the N1 with heavy traffic so take care.

Kruger National Park

 Pafuri Picnic Site

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One of the best-known birding spots in this area is this lovely picnic site in the far north of the Kruger National Park. The reason that this area has such good bird specials is because of its proximity to the Mozambique coast and the Limpopo River that acts as a migration corridor to birds normally found further east and north. Do not restrict yourself to the picnic site alone, but cover the whole area along the S64 and S63 roads. The bridge over the Levubu River is particularly rewarding. Bird specials are African Cuckoo Hawk, Pel´s Fishing-Owl, Bohm´s Spinetail, Trumpeter Hornbill, White-crowned Lapwing, Tropical Boubou and Black-throated Wattle-eye is found at Crooks Corner. The Park gate is open between 5:30 - 18:30 in summer and 6:00 - 17:30 in winter. An entry fee is charged. The picnic site is on the Levhubu River 25 km from the Pafuri Gate.

North Western Flats

 Blouberg Nature Reserve

Roadside Attractions
The birding on Blouberg Nature Reserve is well worth the visit. Put quite a bit of time aside as there is a lot to do and see. The reserve covers a wide variety of habitats including a small Sycamore fig forest and wetland that has a resident flock of Crested Guineafowl and is visited by Greater Painted Snipe in the summer. The reserve boasts over 270 species among which are Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, Crimson-Breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub-Robin and Southern White-faced Scops-Owl. It is also home to a significant breeding colony of Cape Vultures, numbering 700 breeding pairs. The highlight of the reserve is its ´Vulture Restaurant´ where, from a hide, you could see Cape Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Hooded Vulture, White-headed Vulture and White-backed Vulture. The ´Restaurant´ is best visited in the winter months. Seeing these vultures at close quarters is an experience not to be missed. To get to the reserve turn west towards Bochum at the cross-roads in Vivo. About 8.6 km down this road turn right towards Kromhoek. The reserve is another 8.4 km down this road on the LHS. For a visit please phone the reserve office for arrangements. You can get a map and a general information leaflet at the office. If you are interested in visiting the Cape Vulture Colony contact Janine Snyman — see below on the Blouberg Vulture Colony. Opening hours are: 6:00 - 19:00 • Entry Fees are: R20 per vehicle, R10 per adult, R5 per child.
Tel: 015-593 0702 |

 Blouberg Vulture Colony

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Situated on the southern cliffs of Blouberg mountain is the largest breeding colony of endangered Cape Vulture in Southern Africa. The colony has approximately 700 breeding pairs. Cape Griffon is endemic to Southern Africa and numbers are declining throughout their range due to poisoning and the muti trade. Janine and Peter Snyman have dedicated their lives to protecting this colony. They are involved in a number of activities ranging from raptor rehabilitation to environmental education in the local community. When they are able to, they monitor the breeding cliffs. This they have done annually for over 10 years. They run an environmental centre and a reptile-breeding project on site. Over the last few years a Ruppell´s Vulture, which is normally a rare visitor to Southern Africa, has been breeding in the Blouberg Colony. Janine will guide field trips to the vulture colony and during breeding season there is a chance of seeing the Ruppell´s Vulture. Booking is essential and a fee is charged. As they run a Non Profit Organisation all donations are welcome. A visit to the project is highly recommended. Access is through Blouberg Nature Reserve.
Tel: 0730111770 | e-mail:|

 Langjan Nature Reserve

Roadside Attractions
Langjan is conveniently placed on the road between Vivo and Alldays, making it an easy stop to and from the Limpopo Valley or Alldays. The reserve became known to the birding world in 1989 when an Egyptian Vulture was spotted here. It has been seen since, but it is not a regular visitor. The reserve has a bird list of over 260 species. A Kalahari floristic element influences the typical Bushveld vegetation in this area. Thus species such as Marico Flycatcher, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Acacia Pied Barbet and Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk are commonly seen here. Other birds likely to be seen are Red-crested Korhaan, Magpie Shrike, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Namaqua Dove, Lesser Grey Shrike and Blue Waxbill. The reserve is criss-crossed by a series of roads, but note that some roads are very sandy and require 4x4 vehicles. There are no hiking trails, but walking is allowed. Opening hours are: 7:30 to 16:00 • Entrance Fee is: R20 per vehicle R10 per adult, R5 per child.
Tel: 015 593 0126 |

North-eastern Venda

 Golwe, Vhurivhuri Picnic & Campsite

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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 |

 Gundani Mutsiwa Campsite (Brachystegia Woodland)

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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 |

 Sagole Big Tree

Roadside Attractions
This tree has been recorded as the largest Baobab tree in the world. This is the best place to see Mottled Spinetail in the late evening and early morning. It is on communal land with relatively poor roads. If you do plan to wait for the birds, make sure you are confident to drive back in the dark to your accommodation. The closest places to stay are Gundani Mutsiwa Campsite and Popallin Ranch. If arranged in advance, staff from Popallin can take you to the tree. There has been some effort made by the authorities to formalise access to the tree by building a good gravel road to the site and by putting a fence around the tree. The signage to the tree has improved over the last few years. To get there from the R525 follow signs to Sagole Spa (Tshipise). The tree is west of Sagole Spa (Tshipise) and is marked off the ´Mutele B - Folovhodwe´ road with a signboard reading ´Big Tree´. If you get lost, just ask for directions. From Gundani Mutsiwa Campsite go north towards Muswodi. When you reach a T-junction turn right towards Sagole Spa (Tshipise) and continue until you see the signboard to the ´Big Tree´. There are usually hordes of children selling Baobab Pods, buy a few as it is a poor area and then ask them to leave you in peace.

South Western Flats

 Spies Dam

Roadside Attractions
The dam is on the southern side of the R522 about 26 km from Makhado (Louis Trichardt). The water in the dam is seasonal as is the birdlife. The western end of the dam is not as good as the eastern end for birds unless you have a scope. Birds that have been seen here are, amongst many others, Comb Duck, African Black Duck, White-faced Duck, Little Grebe (Dabchick), Great Crested Grebe, Yellow-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, White-fronted Plover, Kittlitz´s Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Black-winged Stilt and on occasion Greater Flamingo. In the surrounding dry acacia veldt look out for White-bellied Sunbird, Marico Flycatcher, Chestnut-backed Sparrowlark, Kalahari Scrub-robin, Chestnut-vented Tit-babbler, Long-billed Crombec, Crimson-breasted Shrike, a variety of seed eaters and lots more. On the old fields below the dam wall you might find some interesting larks and cisticolas. Take the Vivo road from Makhado (Louis Trichardt). The dam is visible from the road 24 km out of Makhado on the left hand side. When you see the dam stop next to the road just before the railing to get a view of the reed beds below. Be careful here as the road is quite narrow. Once you have established what condition the dam is in, drive on till you see a BP Garage and General Dealer on the right; almost opposite this turn left down a straight gravel track. When you get to the fork in the track park your car under the tree and walk onto the dam wall with your scope. Remember: if you open a gate, close it behind you again. No prior arrangements or entry fee is necessary.

Western Limpopo River Valley

 Mapungubwe National Park

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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 |

Western Soutpansberg

 Buzzard Mountain Retreat

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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 |

 Hanglip Forest

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An easily accessible Afro-temperate Mist-belt forest with a picnic site and short trails. This is an old birders haunt and the birding is good. Listen out for the resident Scaly-throated Honeyguide in the picnic site. This is the best place to find White-starred Robin and Yellow-streaked Greenbul. A short (20min) circular walk starts from the picnic site (Follow footprints which start from the road 10m before the boom gate at the picnic site, opposite the pine compartment). Getting there: In Louis Trichardt (Makhado), take Krogh Street due north, towards the mountain. Krogh Street becomes Forestry Road and takes you straight to the Hanglip Plantation gate. From here follow the main road all the way up to the Picnic Site, there are some signboards. It is about 8 km from the gate to the Picnic Site. Entry fee is: R10 p/v R5 p/p • Rates: R

 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:|

 Wyllies Poort Tunnels

Roadside Attractions
The Wyllie´s Poort Tunnels, about 20 km north of Makhado (Louis Trichardt), are worth a stop. From the viewing/parking area between the two tunnels you can pick up Drakensberg Prinia and Mocking Cliff-chats in the rocky gorge below and Short-toed Rock Thrush hopping above the tunnels. A pair of Verreaux´s Eagles are usually seen soaring in the sky above. Remember you are on the N1 with heavy traffic so take care.

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