Limpopo Birding Routes

Soutpansberg Limpopo Where to Stay

North Western Flats

Blouberg Nature Reserve

Blouberg Nature Reserve covers a wide variety of vegetation and habitats including a small Sycamore Fig forest, Tamboti woodland and a wetland which has a resident flock of Crested Guineafowl and is visited by Greater Painted Snipe in the summer. The reserve has over 270 species, including Grey Tit-Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, Crimson-Breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub-Robin and Southern White-faced Owl. One of the highlights of the reserve is the ´Vulture Restaurant´ and hide, which is best visited in the winter months. Cape, Lappet-faced, Hooded, White-headed and White-backed Vultures and even a Rüppell's Vulture can be seen at close range. There is a large Cape Vulture breeding colony on the nearby cliffs, where a male Rüppell's can be seen nesting with a female Cape Vulture. There is also a good variety of game species in the reserve, including buffalo, eland, gemsbok, cheetah, leopard, caracal, spotted and brown hyaena. Visitors can choose between four types of accommodation, ranging from the fully-equipped Mashatu Camp cottages; tented Tamboti Bush Camp; private Molope Bush Campsites with ablution block; to the very basic Modumele Wilderness Campsite. The reserve also offers a 4-day Wilderness Trail.

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Chinaka Game Lodge
Chinaka Game Lodge

Chinaka Game Lodge is on a 4,100ha property just north of Vivo, close to Blouberg Nature Reserve and the Soutpansberg. The vegetation comprises sweet and mixed bushveld with farm dams and there is a wide variety of plains game as well as leopard, caracal, brown hyaena and bat-eared fox. There are hides at the dams and Chinaka offers game drives and walking trails. There is a good mix of bushveld birds and a range of raptors, with some special birds including Crested Guineafowl and Kori Bustard. Accommodation options include three self-catering rooms with a well-equipped outside communal kitchen; and four chalets accommodating two, three or four people. There is a small restaurant, bar, dining area, TV lounge, pool, braai area, deck overlooking a waterhole and even a mobile bush spa! Chinaka is a suitable venue for small weddings or conferences and also offers corporate team-building experiences and school holiday camps. Guided hikes to Blouberg Nature Reserve can be arranged.

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Mogalakwena River Lodge
Mogalakwena River Lodge

Mogalakwena River Reserve covers 4,000ha of bushveld with a variety of habitats and fauna and flora. The viewing deck of the Lodge is an ideal site to view African Finfoot, Black Crake, Dwarf Bittern and various Kingfishers and Herons. Other resident birds include Southern Pied Babbler, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Black-faced and Violet-eared Waxbill. Mogalakwena River Lodge has a central building with four en-suite rooms, dining and open lounge areas and a swimming pool; as well as four separate en-suite chalets. There is also a well-equipped conference and function venue; Bush Camp; Artist’s Retreat and Research Centre. The lodge offers game drives, bird and game walks; guests are also able to visit the Craft Art Development Foundation where Pedi women produce various crafts.

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