Limpopo Birding Routes

Soutpansberg Limpopo Where to Stay

Eastern Soutpansberg

Entavheni – Marianne McKenzie
Entavheni Kliphuis

The Kliphuis is situated in the Entabeni Plantation, high in the mountains between Afromontane grassland and extensive Mistbelt forest. Forest Buzzard, Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Bat Hawk, Lemon Dove, Orange Ground-Thrush, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Olive Woodpecker and Black-fronted Bush-Shrike can be seen here. There are two one-day trails starting from the house and passing through forest and grassland areas. The original forester’s house has been renovated and can accommodate 8 people on a self-catering basis. A more rustic option is the hikers´ hut, which can accommodate 22 people; your will need to bring your own bedding, cooking and eating utensils. A high clearance vehicle is recommended.

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Mashovhela Lodge
Morning Sun Nature Reserve: Mashovhela Lodge, Lokhovhela Mountain Cottages

This 2,000 hectare reserve is situated in the heart of the Soutpansberg Mountains. It lies on the northern slope of the mountain with a number of rivers and streams, resulting in a wide range of habitats including Arid Mountain Bushveld, riverine forest and semi-deciduous scrub forest together with high mountain grassland, rocky slopes and high cliffs. A large variety of birds are to be found: Verreaux’s Eagles nest in sight of the lodge; Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Narina Trogon, Purple-crested Turaco and Crested Guineafowl can be seen around the lodge. A number of specials sighted here include Pink-throated Twinspot, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Golden-backed Pytilia, Cape Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Black Stork and Bat Hawk. There are various accommodation options: Mashovhela Lodge has 6 en-suite chalets, 2 family units and 2 safari tents; there is also a fully-licensed restaurant and conference centre. Lokhovhela Mountain Cottages offer self-catering chalet accommodation for 16 people; a separate luxury en-suite cottage accommodating 6 people; and 4 en-suite dormitory-style chalets accommodating 4 people each. There are also several different camping options.

| 012 991 6930 | 079 427 6333| |


Zvakanaka is a 74 hectare farm in the Eastern Soutpansberg just north of Louis Trichardt / Makhado. The vegetation ranges from grassland to wetland and semi-deciduous scrub forest. There are numerous trails on the property, a serious walk to the top of the mountain will reward with stunning views in all directions. The variety of habitats on the farm ensures plentiful and varied birdlife; species to be found include Gorgeous Bush Shrike, Crowned Eagle, Eastern Nicator, Lemon Dove, Green Twinspot, Crested Guineafowl, Black Sparrowhawk, Narina Trogon, Grassbird, White-starred Robin and Scaly-throated honey guide. There are two self-catering cottages: Igababa Cabin accommodates 2 people and Madala’s Cottage accommodates 4 people. Both cottages are strictly non-smoking zones. There is also a campsite with four exclusive sites, 3 of which have cement-floor shelters with power points and lights; there are 4 toilets and 2 showers for communal use.

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