Limpopo Birding Routes

Soutpansberg Limpopo Where to Stay

Western Soutpansberg

Buzzard Mountain Retreat
Buzzard Mountain Retreat

Buzzard Mountain Retreat is situated on the southern slopes and top of the Soutpansberg. Habitat varies from sweet mixed bushveld to mistbelt forest and Afromontane grassland. Proteas are found in the grassland and Cape Rock Thrush, Cape Grassbird, Malachite Sunbird and Gurney´s Sugarbird may be seen. The high cliffs overlooking the mountains provide excellent views of a variety of raptors, including Lanner and Peregrine Falcon, Verreaux´s Eagle and Jackal Buzzard; Cape Eagle-Owl live on the rocky plateau. The trails through the forests below the cliffs allow for sightings of Orange-winged Pytilia, Green Twinspot and Lemon Dove. Forest Buzzard and Ayres´s Hawk-Eagle can also be seen. Day visits must be booked in advance. The affordable accommodation consists of self-catering stone cottages, basic wooden cabins or camping.

 | 083 469 2526 |

Camp Africa
Camp Africa

Camp Africa is situated on forestry land close to Hanglip Forest with a view of the plains to the south of the Soutpansberg. 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 nearby. The camp consists of five huts which were originally used on the old Soutpansberg Hiking Trail; each hut contains two single beds and a double bunk. There is a kitchen area, ablution block, outdoor lapa, licensed bar and grassy campsites. The camp is owned and run by Masazane Expeditions who also conduct guided 4x4 trails in the Soutpansberg.

| 082 829 5421 | | |

Harnham House
Harnham House

Harnham House is nestled in a valley in the Soutpansberg 14km north of Louis Trichardt / Makhado just off the Bluegumspoort Road. The vegetation is largely grassland with forest patches in the kloofs; there are also mountain streams and dams. There are no marked trails, but you are free to explore around the 500ha property. Birds found here include Long-crested Eagle, African Wood Owl, Black Saw-wing, Cape Batis, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike and Streaky-headed Seedeater. There are various accommodation options. The Guest House has five bedrooms, a fully-equipped kitchen, lounge with fire place, pool, jacuzzi and boma.  Mountain Cottage is a self-catering unit with two bedrooms accommodating 6 guests. There are two 4-bedded chalets at the dam and there is also a campsite with ablution facilities. Full catering can be arranged in advance.

| 082 894 1636 | | |  

Lajuma Mountain Retreat

Lajuma is situated high on the southern slopes of the Soutpansberg; it has been declared a Natural History Site and forms part of the Luvhondo Nature Reserve within the UNESCO Vhembe Biosphere Reserve. The property has Afromontane and riverine forest, wetlands, woodlands, thickets and grassland. Bird specials include breeding pairs of Verreaux´s Eagle, Crowned Eagle and Jackal Buzzard. Crested Guineafowl and Narina Trogon are abundant; Mountain Wagtail, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Grey Cuckooshrike and White-Starred Robin can be seen, as well as six species of pigeons and doves. There are three types of accommodation, all of which are en-suite and fully-equipped for self-catering. Waterfall Lodge is situated in an isolated valley overlooking a small waterfall; it consists of two chalets, each with a double and single bed, and an enclosed lapa with kitchen, lounge and fireplace. Forest Chalet is nestled against a forest looking onto the mountain; it can accommodate two people or a couple with small children. The Wilderness Camp can accommodate up to 30 people in six units. The Lajuma Research Centre hosts students involved with various research projects in the area.

| 083 308 7027 | 087 910 0450 | | |

Leshiba Wilderness

Leshiba stretches along the top of the Soutpansberg Mountain; a wide variety of habitat types are found on the property: open grassland, woodland, arid mountain bushveld and mistbelt forest. There are 12 marked hiking trails of varying lengths. Over 260 bird species have been recorded here as well as over 380 different plant species. Game includes leopard, white rhino, wildebeest and giraffe, which can be seen on foot or mountain bike. Leshiba also offers guided walks, horse riding and game drives. There are four accommodation options: The Venda Village Lodge is a Venda-style village created together with internationally-renowned Venda artist, Noria Mabasa. The Village has 5 en-suite traditional huts and courtyards, lounge with fireplace, pool deck and luxury open-air bathroom with a view! There are two luxury suites with private plunge pools and patios sited close to the lodge with fully-equipped kitchens and lounges; guests can choose self-catering or full catering. The remotely-situated Hamasha Bush Camp accommodates 8 people in two units with 2 en-suite bedrooms each, with a lounge, kitchen and braai area. Luvhondo is ideal for groups and can accommodate 16 people in twin beds or 28 people in bunk beds.

| 011 483 1841 | 082 881 1237 | | |

Madi a Thavha
Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

This 300 hectare farm is located on the western slopes of the Soutpansberg 10km from Louis Trichardt / Makhado. It extends from a bushveld area at the base of the mountain up to the forest and to the top of the mountain where Proteas can be found. The network of walking trails on the farm passes through these different habitats. Over 200 species can be found on the property; some of the specials include Eastern Nicator, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, African Wood Owl, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Green Twinspot, Narina Trogon and 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 and around the original farmhouse with a surrounding garden and nearby swimming pool. There is also a craft shop and the Lodge can cater for breakfast, lunch and dinner on request.

| 015 516 0220 | 083 342 4162 | |