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Marievale Bird Sanctuary, East Rand, Gauteng Marievale Bird Sanctuary, East Rand, Gauteng

As part of a Ramsar wetland with adjoining grassland, Marievale Bird Sanctuary on the East Rand simply abounds with birds

Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, Greyton, Kwazulu Natal Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, Greyton, Kwazulu Natal

Mhlopeni Nature Reserve, near Greyton, Kwazulu Natal offers wide biodiversity in beautiful surroundings. Birdwatching, Hiking ...

Ntsikeni Nature Reserve – a little-known gem Ntsikeni Nature Reserve – a little-known gem

Nestled amongst the mountains in the foothills of the Drakensberg lies Ntsikeni Nature Reserve – an area of unique natural...

In photographs: a visit to Wakkerstroom In photographs: a visit to Wakkerstroom

So many stories are written about Wakkerstroom. They feature the same people and they all say the same...

A festival of birds in the Kruger National Park A festival of birds in the Kruger National Park

On a recent day trip to the Kruger National Park I was introduced to the private Mananga Trail – a discrete off-road route that...

Birding Hotspot: Gondwana Game Reserve Birding Hotspot: Gondwana Game Reserve

Superb specials await in the Southern Cape, at the world’s only Big Five fynbos reserve. It was a welcome break for my wife and...

Stanford birding Stanford birding

In this Overberg village, a nature reserve, dam,. lagoon, river and fynbos offer abundant birdlife. And then, nearby, there are ..

Forest Birding in Eshowe Forest Birding in Eshowe

Peter Chadwick heads for central KwaZulu-Natal in the hope of finding his 'lifer'. These days its not often I get the ...

Doorndraai Dam Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province Doorndraai Dam Nature Reserve, Limpopo Province

The Doorndraai Dam in Limpopo is a scenic venue offering game, birdwatching, fishing, watersports, hiking and camping.

Birding in Northern Gauteng, close to Tshwane (Pretoria) Birding in Northern Gauteng, close to Tshwane (Pretoria)

Bird watching in Northern Gauteng is most rewarding for broadleaved woodland species and water birds. Exciting endemics lure bird

All at Sea - Pelagic Birding in Cape Town All at Sea - Pelagic Birding in Cape Town

Cape Town is a beautiful city with a multitude of attractions. For birders the city offers the ideal opportunity for Pelagic ticks

The Ebenezer Dam, Magoebaskloof The Ebenezer Dam, Magoebaskloof

Only 60km from Polokwane and 40km from Tzaneen, the large Ebenezer Dam offers a superb weekend break, camping, boating and fishing

Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, Klerksdorp Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, Klerksdorp

The 1000ha Faan Mentjies Reserve near Klerksdorp is a good birding spot offering a great variety of bird species, game and camping

Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal

Ntsikeni Nature Reserve is situated in the southern area of KwaZulu-Natal about 50km north of Kokstad between the Midlands ...

Ngoye (Ongoye) Forest Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal Ngoye (Ongoye) Forest Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal

Ngoye (Ongoye) Forest Reserve is probably the most impressive indigenous forest reserve in KwaZulu-Natal because of its ...

Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal Dlinza Forest Nature Reserve, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal

this is a magnificent example of dense indigenous sub-tropical forest containing many fine examples of hardwood species, forest ..

Wag-n-Bietjie Eco Farm, Bothaville, Free State Wag-n-Bietjie Eco Farm, Bothaville, Free State

Eco Farm near Bothaville, Free State offers catch and release fly-fishing on the Vaal, hiking, birding and other outdoors pursuits

Caledon Nature Reserve, Motheo, Free State Caledon Nature Reserve, Motheo, Free State

The Caledon Nature Reserve near Wepener and Lesotho offers unique floating camp accommodation, great birding, fishing and scenery

Tuzigazi Waterfront, Richards Bay, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal Tuzigazi Waterfront, Richards Bay, Zululand, KwaZulu-Natal

Richards Bay Game Reserve’s location near to the largest coal handling port in the world should not put off visitors ...

Enseleni Nature Reserve, Richards Bay, Zululand Enseleni Nature Reserve, Richards Bay, Zululand

Enseleni Nature Reserve, established in 1948, is a 293 ha reserve between the towns of Richards Bay and Empangeni in Zululand ...

Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

Whilst the 150 species are obviously the main attraction, the 4.5 ha park, with its lush coastal vegetation and birds flitting ...

Umbogavango Nature Reserve, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal Umbogavango Nature Reserve, South Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

This 36 ha reserve was established at the site of the storm water trap dams serving the AECI industrial plant at Umbogintwini ...

Marievale Bird Sanctuary, East Rand (Ekurhuleni), Gauteng Marievale Bird Sanctuary, East Rand (Ekurhuleni), Gauteng

Serious birdwatchers will delight in the range of species that can be spotted at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary in the East Rand...

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary, East Rand, Gauteng Rondebult Bird Sanctuary, East Rand, Gauteng

Rondebult is a 95ha bird sanctuary with an excellent reputation as one of the best birding spots in Gauteng with over 190 species.

Marutswa Forest Trail and Bird Watching, Natal Midlands Marutswa Forest Trail and Bird Watching, Natal Midlands

The Bulwer Biosphere - Marutswa Forest Trail and Bird Boardwalk in Bulwer, KwaZulu-Natal is a marvel of natural beauty and birding

Bird Watching, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands Bird Watching, Balgowan, KwaZulu-Natal, Natal Midlands

Balgowan, in the Natal Midlands, forms part of the “KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route” - a Bird Watching paradise. This route consists

Uvongo River Nature Reserve, Hibiscus Coast, KwaZulu-Natal Uvongo River Nature Reserve, Hibiscus Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

This small reserve, about 28 ha in extent, is upstream from the mouth of the Ivungu River in Uvongo on the Hibiscus Coast ...

Seekoievlei Nature Reserve, Memel, Free State Seekoievlei Nature Reserve, Memel, Free State

This 27km winding RAMSAR Wetland drains into the Klip River, still pristine at its source. See Hippo and rare Wetland bird species

Birding around Memel, North Eastern Free State Birding around Memel, North Eastern Free State

The entire North East Free State around the town of Memel is a birder's paradise with RAMSAR wetlands and other diverse habitats

Sandveld Nature Reserve, Northern Free State Sandveld Nature Reserve, Northern Free State

The Sandveld Nature Reserve on the border between the Free State and the North West offers superb angling, bird and game viewing

Rooipoort Private Nature Reserve, Kimberley, Northern Cape Rooipoort Private Nature Reserve, Kimberley, Northern Cape

Not only is the setting beautiful at the Rooipoort Nature Reserve near Kimberley, it is stocked with wildlife and over 310 bird ..

Kamfers Dam birding, Kimberley, Northern Cape Kamfers Dam birding, Kimberley, Northern Cape

Kamfer's Dam near Kimberley has 180 recorded birds and is a conservation effort for the Lesser Flamingos. Waders and reed ...

TC Robertson Nature Reserve, Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu-Natal TC Robertson Nature Reserve, Umdoni Coast, KwaZulu-Natal

The TC Robertson Nature Reserve lies just outside Scottburgh on the Umdoni Coast on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal ...

Hiking Trails  and Birding at Langrietvlei Farm, Hopefield Hiking Trails and Birding at Langrietvlei Farm, Hopefield

On the farm Langrietvlei, 22km from Hopefield, on the Velddrif road, are two hikes along the Berg River. Set amongst the fynbos ..

Birding Routes in Darling and Yzerfontein, West Coast Birding Routes in Darling and Yzerfontein, West Coast

Combine bird watching on the Darling and Yzerfontein Routes with the spring flowers or visit in summer - a most enjoyable outing.

Birding in Velddrif, West Coast, South Africa Birding in Velddrif, West Coast, South Africa

Velddrif birding is a hotspot for waders with over 200 species in the area at the estuary of the Berg River, a proposed RAMSAR ...

Outdoor Activities near Piet Retief Outdoor Activities near Piet Retief

Enjoy fishing, hiking, birding and the great outdoors around Piet Retief near the Swaziland border, with Outdoor Heartbeat

Cobham Nature Reserve Cobham Nature Reserve

Great birding begins on the 15km gravel road leading up to this unspoilt slice of KZN's Little Berg.

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Kloof, Durban Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Kloof, Durban

Kranztkloof Nature Reserve is on the coastal escarpment to the west of Durban between the towns of Pinetown and Hillcrest ...

New Germany Nature Reserve, Pinetown, Durban New Germany Nature Reserve, Pinetown, Durban

New Germany Nature Reserve is situated about 15 km west of Durban in the town of Pinetown ...

Birding at Grootvadersbos Nature Reserve, Heidelberg Birding at Grootvadersbos Nature Reserve, Heidelberg

Grootvadersbosh Nature Reserve, a unique Afromontaine forest, is a birder's paradise - particularly for its forest species and ...

Birding in the Blue Swallow Reserve, Kaapsehoop Birding in the Blue Swallow Reserve, Kaapsehoop

The Blue Swallow Reserve in Kaapsehoop is named for the several nesting pairs of universally endangered Blue Swallow found there

Birding the Bot River Lagoon, Rooisand Nature Reserve Birding the Bot River Lagoon, Rooisand Nature Reserve

The beautiful Bot River Lagoon is a prime bird watching spot in the Overberg. It is incorporated into the Rooisands Nature Reserve

Birding at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens Birding at Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens

With over 96 fynbos and forest species recorded at Harold Porter, some specials include Verreaux’s Eagle, Orange-breasted Sunbird

The Komati River Gorge The Komati River Gorge

The Komati River Gorge is an impressive, bushy and wildlife rich canyon that offers swimming, birding and superb fly-fishing.

Wakkerstroom Wetland Reserve & Training Centre Wakkerstroom Wetland Reserve & Training Centre

Wakkerstroom Wetland Reserve is home to the largest population of threatened bird species in S. Africa and a popular birding spot

Boskop Dam Nature Reserve, Potchefstroom Boskop Dam Nature Reserve, Potchefstroom

Just north of Potchefstroom, the Boskop Dam Reserve offers great angling, birding, game viewing, camping and outdoor recreation

Barberspan Bird Sanctuary, Delareyville Barberspan Bird Sanctuary, Delareyville

A Ramsar Accredited Wetland, Barberspan Bird Sanctuary centres on a 2000ha alkaline pan which supports many species of waterbird

Punda Maria Punda Maria

The birdlife in this northern Kruger Park camp alone is enough to astonish you, never mind what's to be seen in the ...

Birding Routes, Ceres area, Western Cape Birding Routes, Ceres area, Western Cape

Ceres is close to some excellent birding areas, where there are endemics that are on any serious twitcher's lifer list.

Karoo Gariep Conservancy, Northern Cape Karoo Gariep Conservancy, Northern Cape

Hiking, horse trails, MTB, fishing and birding are on offer at the Karoo Gariep Conservancy near Hanover - home of the Karoo Hippo

The Khologha Forest Hiking, Biking and Birding Trails The Khologha Forest Hiking, Biking and Birding Trails

The Khologha Indigenous Forests are a magical outdoor experience. The wonderful canopies keep you shaded and are home to wildlife

West Coast - Destination Summer West Coast - Destination Summer

Lazy days along the shore, soaking up the sun and feasting on everything the season has to offer. Sound appealing? Then take a ...

The Debengeni Falls, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo The Debengeni Falls, Magoebaskloof, Limpopo

The Debengeni Falls in the Woodbush State Forest in the Magoebaskloof is a beautiful summer swimming hole and birder's paradise

Magoebaskloof - Polokwane Magoebaskloof - Polokwane

Magoebaskloof - Limpopo. A birding paradise amid misty mountains and tranquil natural forest.

Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve, Limpopo Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve, Limpopo

The Lekgalameetse Nature Reserve in the Limopopo Wolkberg offers hiking, birding,4x4 and guided walks through mountain paradise

Birding in Cape Agulhas Birding in Cape Agulhas

As a birding destination the triangle of land between Bredasdorp, Arniston and Agulhas offers a wide diversity with many fynbos ..

Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, Magaliesberg near Rustenburg Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, Magaliesberg near Rustenburg

The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve just south of Rustenburg offers great birding, hiking and sightings of the endangered Sable Antelope

Madikwe Game Reserve Madikwe Game Reserve

Lying in a transition zone, Madikwe Game Reserve is particularly rich in habitats and species ...

MoyaPark Bird Reserve, Bathhurst, Eastern Cape MoyaPark Bird Reserve, Bathhurst, Eastern Cape

More than 300 indigenous bird species can be seen at the 15ha MoyaPark Bird Reserve in Bathhurst in the Eastern Cape

Birding in the Karoo National Park, Beaufort West Birding in the Karoo National Park, Beaufort West

There are over 200 bird species and an excellent selection of Karoo specials. including Karoo Korhaan, Ludwig’s Bustard ...

 Montagu Leiwater Dam Birding Site Montagu Leiwater Dam Birding Site

The Leiwater Dam in Montagu is a unique urban setting for roosting birds of 18 species including Sacred Ibis, Herons, Cormorants

Mt Everest Private Game Reserve (Eagle Mountain), Harrismith Mt Everest Private Game Reserve (Eagle Mountain), Harrismith

Mt Everest Private Game Reserve, formerly Eagle Mountain, is a great rock climbing destination with many sandstone formations

The Midlands Meander Tourist Route, KwaZulu-Natal The Midlands Meander Tourist Route, KwaZulu-Natal

The Midlands Meander is one of South Africa's premier tourist routes, set in the heart of Kwazulu-Natal...

Birding Routes in South Africa - Tankwa Karoo Birding Routes in South Africa - Tankwa Karoo

The remote, arid and stony Tankwa Karoo offers a birding list of 174 species, of which 18 are endemics. The spectacular scenery ..

Tankwa Karoo Birding Route Tankwa Karoo Birding Route

A biodiversity hotspot, the remote, arid and stony Tankwa Karoo offers a birding list of 174 species, of which 18 are endemics.

West Coast National Park Birding, Western Cape West Coast National Park Birding, Western Cape

The West Coast National Park, is centered on a large tidal lagoon and covers an excellent cross section of west coast habitat ...

Paarl Mountain Reserve, Paarl, Cape Winelands Paarl Mountain Reserve, Paarl, Cape Winelands

The Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve is dominated by the huge massif of Paarl Rock and offers good fynbos birding where you may spot

Paarl Bird Sanctuary Paarl, Cape Winelands, Western Cape Paarl Bird Sanctuary Paarl, Cape Winelands, Western Cape

Paarl Bird Sanctuary is found in the heart of Paarl. A sewage works is set on 45 hectares and attracts a mixture of wetland and ..

Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay, Cape Overberg Harold Porter Botanical Garden, Betty’s Bay, Cape Overberg

The Harold Porter Botanical Garden is situated on the lower mountain slopes of the dramatic Kogelberg range and is reached by ...

Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty Stony Point Penguin Colony, Betty's Bay, Cape Overberg

Stony Point Penguin Colony is one of only two mainland colonies of African Penguin and is reached by the most beautiful coastal ..

Sir Lowry Sir Lowry's Pass Birding, Cape Overberg, Western Cape

This scenic pass crosses the Hottentots Holland Range and is home to two fynbos endemics, Cape Victorin’s Scrub-Warbler as ...

Strandfontein Sewage Works and Rondevlei Nature Reserve Strandfontein Sewage Works and Rondevlei Nature Reserve

The Strandfontein Sewage Works is the best waterbird locality close to Cape Town. Standfontein is best known for waterbirds ...

Soutpansberg Birding - The forest delivers on its promise Soutpansberg Birding - The forest delivers on its promise

After the successful and energetic day's birding at Shiluvari Lakeside Lodge and Hangklip Mountain in the Soutpansberg

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Cape Point

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve is part of the Table Mountain Nature Reserve. The fynbos in the park supports endemic birds ...

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town is a haven for endemic birds and a must for bird watchers. The beautiful setting ...

Kommetjie, Bird Watching, Cape Town, South Africa Kommetjie, Bird Watching, Cape Town, South Africa

Kommetjie is a birding spot on the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town. Blessed with beautiful stretches of pristine sandy beaches ...

Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Cape Town Boulders Beach Penguin Colony, Simonstown, Cape Town

Boulders Beach located in Cape Town is one of the best places in the world to view wild African Penguin ...

Seductive shores Seductive shores

The somnolent village of Chrissiesmeer, capital of South Africa's lake district, has deep roots in history, vibrant biodiversity

Birding at the Berg River Estuary, West Coast Birding at the Berg River Estuary, West Coast

Th Berg River estuary and flood plain cover a vast area around the town of Velddrif, extending 40km inland along one of ...

Birds amongst the rat race - birdwatching in Gauteng Birds amongst the rat race - birdwatching in Gauteng

Gauteng is the undisputed heavyweight champion of South Africa when it comes to the economic driving force of the country...

Birding at Die Vlei, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, West Coast Birding at Die Vlei, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, West Coast

Die Vlei, in the Rocher Pan Nature Reserve on the West Coast is a prime birding spot...

Verlorenvlei, Elands Bay, West Coast Verlorenvlei, Elands Bay, West Coast

Verlorenvlei is one of the most important eco-systems in the Western Cape and one of the largest natural wetlands in South Africa.

Tankwa Karoo National Park, Northern Cape Tankwa Karoo National Park, Northern Cape

The Tankwa Karoo National Park protects one of the most beautiful parts of the unique Tankwa Karoo in South Africa.

Birding in Goegap Nature Reserve, Springbok, Namaqualand Birding in Goegap Nature Reserve, Springbok, Namaqualand

Goegap Nature Reserve in the Namaqualand becomes a riot of flowers from August to October, attracting many opportunistic species

Richtersveld Birding Route, Namaqualand Richtersveld Birding Route, Namaqualand

On the shores of the Orange River on BirdLife South Africa's Richtersveld Birding Route live a myriad of spectacular birds.

West Coast Birding Day Trip West Coast Birding Day Trip

See the diversity of birds in the seashore, tidal mudflats, saltmarsh, strandveld, cultivated fields and Renosterveld habitats ...

The Niewoudtville Birding Route The Niewoudtville Birding Route

The Niewoudtville Birding Route is a favourite on BirdLife South Africa's birding list as the area is famous for its wild flowers.

Birding in the Succulent Karoo Birding in the Succulent Karoo

Endless fields of orange and yellow Namaqualand daisies, gazanias and pale blue or purple dainty flowers had brought us, like ...

Hide and seek Hide and seek

Wild's editor was inspired to shortlist a few parks with new bird hides, opened in the past year...

Goegap Birding Goegap Birding

The heat was already starting to put a shimmering haze onto the horizon and it was only nine in the morning....

Best South African Park for Birding: Ndumo Best South African Park for Birding: Ndumo

If you enjoy birding, there's one park that should be at the top of your list....

Welcome to the Woods Welcome to the Woods

Walking into the Tsitsikamma National Park forest is like stepping into a living, green hall with huge pillars...

Eastern Cape Birding Route – Tsitsikamma to the Wild Coast Eastern Cape Birding Route – Tsitsikamma to the Wild Coast

In summer, Cape Glossy Starling, Black-collared Barbet and Black-headed Oriole grace the treetops...