Limpopo Birding Routes

Capricorn Letaba Where to Stay

Polokwane

Simply Wild Lodges
Simply Wild Lodges

Simply Wild Lodges are located in the 5500 hectare Munnik conservancy, 55km north-east of Polokwane on the R81 to Giyani. A variety of habitats can be explored here including low lying semi-deciduous scrub, mixed forest on mountain slopes, sour broadleaved bushveld, riverine thickets and farm dams. Over 250 bird species can be seen here, including Purple-crested Turaco, White-crested Helmet-Shrike, African Green Pigeon, Flappet Lark, Striped Kingfisher, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black Cuckooshrike and Sombre Greenbul. Raptors include African Harrier-Hawk, Jackal Buzzard, African Hawk-Eagle, Brown and Black-chested Snake-Eagle and Lanner and Peregrine Falcon. Mahuto Lodge offers fully-catered packages or self-catering accommodation. It has seven en-suite chalets with a fully equipped kitchen, large dining area, pool, bar and boma area. Fig-Tree Retreat is a rustic camp with no electricity in a secluded region of the Middle Letaba Valley, There are 7 rooms and a central ablution facility with hot showers; a fully equipped kitchen, pool and boma / braai area. Battery-powered lanterns are provided.

Game drives and guided bush walks can be arranged. Self-drives are permitted and for the more adventurous there is a 4x4 route which meanders up and down the Middle Letaba Valley and through the most beautiful parts of the Buffelsberg Mountains. The route is well-marked and ranges from fairly moderate to highly challenging. 

| 082 456 3097 | genecide@mweb.co.za | www.simplywild.co.za |

Thabaphaswa
Thabapashwa Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails

Thabapashwa Hiking and Mountain Bike Trails lie in a mountain range between Polokwane and Mokopane. There is a combination of thornveld and broadleaved woodland as well as riverine areas along a few small streams; 2000 hectares of the farm is dominated by huge granite outcrops. This range of habitats provides for interesting sightings on the property. The rocky outcrops and mountains are home to two pairs of Verreaux’s Eagle, Lanner and Peregrine Falcon, Rock Kestrel and Cape Eagle Owl. Shelly’s Francolin, Striped Pipit, Cape Rock Thrush and Mountain Chat are also seen in the rocky areas. Other specials that can be found here include Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Secretary Bird and Freckled Nightjar; there have also been sightings of Yellow-spotted Nicator, Grey-headed Kingfisher and Meyer’s Parrot. The accommodation on the farm is varied and has been built into and around the big boulders. Dome Rock Camp can accommodate 26 people in 5 huts, each with its own boma and washing-up area. Ablutions are in reed enclosures with hot and cold running water and flush toilets. One deep-freeze serves the whole camp; the huts can be booked separately. Kanniedood Camp accommodates 14 people and has a huge deck overlooking the farm. It can only be reached by 4x4 vehicle or a 10-minute hike. There is also a fully-equipped self-contained thatched cottage and a campsite. There are over 95km of hiking and mountain biking trails on the farm; as well as 7 bolted rock-climbing routes for those who would like to try something different!

 | 015 491 4882 | 082 389 6631 | thabaphaswa@absamail.co.za | www.thabapaswa.co.za |