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Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, Klerksdorp

Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, near KlerksdorpThe 1000ha Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve just outside Klerksdorp is a popular birding and weekend holiday destination, with great weather, picnic areas, campsites, a caravan park, many bird species and herds of beautiful sable antelope.

The attractive reserve consists of acacia thornveld and grasslands, with small rock hillocks (koppies), an abandoned chalk quarry and 3 small pans that attract water birds in the wet season.

Many species of bird can be seen here at various times of the year, and in various locations on the reserve, all of which can be accessed via 2 ‘loop’ roads – on of 16k and another of 28km.

Bird species include various species of owl, ducks, waxbills, chats, robins, cuckoos, hornbills, honeyguides, wheateaters, cistolas, larks, goshawks and pipits among others.

Besides the Sable, there are also a number of other antelope species, including Gemsbok, and other acacia bushveld species on the reserve, such as giraffe, but no large predators.

The Faan Meintjies Reserve, caravan park and campsites are run by the municipality, and there is only a small fee for entry for day visitors between 10am and 4pm, and overnighting is very inexpensive.

Getting there: Take the District Rd north from Klerksdorp for 16km.

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