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Barberspan Bird Sanctuary, Delareyville

The Barberspan Bird Sanctuary near Delareyville is primarily a water bird sanctuary and is centred on a 1000ha alkaline pan – the largest in a series of shallow natural lakes lying in the fossil bed of the Paleo-Harts River

Declared one of South Africa’s most important birding sites by Bird Life South Africa, the Barberspan sanctuary is also a RAMSAR accredited wetland and the site of significant ornotholigical research into various waterbird species. The pan and surrounding bush is a drought and dry season refuge for many species between April and October and supports over 320 species of bird and waterfowl, comprising over 20 000 individuals.

Species that can be seen include Pelicans, Greater Flamingo, Lesser Flamingo, almost every species of duck in South Africa, Red Knobbed Coot, egrets, herons and grebe – to mention just a few of the many bird indigenous and migratory bird species that congregate annually at Barberspan, nearby Leeupan and the various smaller pans in the area.

No powerboats are permitted on the pan, but certain sections are designated for angling and canoeing.

Facilities and accommodations for birders at Barberspan include several bird-hides and three self-catering houses set up for groups of up to 20 people as well as camping facilities.

To book accommodation and camping on the Reserve call 053 948 1854 or email.

Getting there: The Barberspan Bird Sanctuary is situated 17km north of Delareyville on the N14 in the direction of Sanieshof. It is about 3hrs drive from Johannesburg.

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