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Birdwatching in Witbank, Mpumalanga

Mpumalanga and the larger Witbank and eMalahleni area is home to hundreds of different species of birds and is excellent for birdwatching.

It is, therefore, no surprise that Birding is a major pastime and hobby for many local residents and visitors alike.

Witbank Birds

Birds that visitors are most likely to encounter include a wide variety of numerous species. To name a few, these include: Ibis Sacred, Spoonbill African,Kite Blackshouldered, Falcon Lenner, African Rale, Blue Crane, Finfoot African, Plover Threebanded, Lapswing Blacksmith, Greenshank, Redeyed Dove, Nightjar Fierynecked, Swift Palm, Giant Kingfisher, Bee-eater Eurasian, Hoopoe African, Hornbill Grey, Lark Clapper, Martin Rock and the Marico Sunbird.

Witbank and Middelburg birders belong to a single bird club – The Middelburg Bird Club – and meet regularly, share information, go on bird tours together and host guest speakers on a monthly basis.

Witbank Plover

The bird club has been around since 1987 and has compiled a Bird List of sightings within a 50km radius of Middelburg.

Read about the history of the Middelburg Bird Club

Popular places for birdwatching include the Witbank Dam, along the banks of Bankenveld Estate and nearby pans. See below for a more comprehensive list of birdwatching venues.


Birdwatching at Ribbokloof

Witbank Birding

Birder or not, you are bound to appreciate the abundance of Bird Life at Ribbokloof.
There are over 180 different fascinating bird species in the area, so be sure to bring along your camera and binoculars.

Visitors to the area often spot additional species here, making your birding trip exciting as you never know what you are about to discover.

There are mountains, streams, a dam, lush vegetation, and rolling hills, creating a varied environment that attracts many different kinds of birds. A few of the species you may come across are the Robins, Oxpeckers, Kingfishers, Hornbills, Woodpecker, Shrikes, Boubous and Starlings.

Bring your binoculars and bird books, and come and lose yourself in the sounds and sights of nature.

Address: Ribbokkloof Holiday Farm, Farm Uitkyk, Middelburg, 1050, Mpumalanga

GPS: S25 35’21.9” E29 49’023”

Telephone: +27 (0)82 388 3247


Distance from Witbank: 76.9km


Birdwatching at Olifants River Lodge

Birding Witbank

Set in the heart of Mpumalanga – S.A`s cultural homeland – The Olifants River Lodge illustrates our rich heritage in terms of our beautiful landscapes.

Through the ages, the broad Olifants river has cut deeply into the ground, leaving a deep valley that is filled with a variety of indigenous fauna and flora, including the protected Cycad`s. Birdlife is plentiful and a stay at the Olifants River Lodge will guarantee the delight of any birding enthusiast.

The Olifants River Lodge is situated 20 Kilometres outside of Middelburg, Mpumalanga. There are bold signs to direct you to a place where you truly can put your feet up and have a rest from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Address: Presidentsrus, Old Witbank Road, R555

GPS: S25° 45min 44.25sec.  E29°18min 46.23sec.

Telephone: +27 (13) 243 9401 / 2


Distance from Witbank: 34.9km


Birdwatching at Forever Resorts

Forever Resorts are well represented in Mpumalanga.

Isiyala, Amanzi Mountain Reserve, Matombu Wild, Loskop, and Waterfall Safari Lodge are all in close proximity to Witbank and offer a variety of birdwatching venues.

  • Loskop

    • GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -25.423291, Longitude: 29.386686
    • Telephone: +27 (0)13 262 3075
    • Email
    • Distance from Witbank: +/-78.3km
  • Isiyala Game Lodge

    • GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -25.482783, Longitude: 29.457495
    • Telephone: +27 (0)13 262 3075
    • Distance from Witbank: +/-61.3km
  • Amanzi Mountain Reserve

    • GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -24.470774, Longitude: 29.45602
    • Telephone: +27 (0)13 262 3075 / 6 / 7
    • Distance from Witbank: +/-85.3km
  • Matombu Wild

    • GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -24.470774, Longitude: 29.456602
    • Telephone: +27 (0) 13 262 3075 / 6 / 7
    • Distance from Witbank: +/-66.3km
  • Waterfall Safari Lodge

    • GPS Coordinates: Latitude: -25.438058, Longitude: 29.42914
    • Telephone: +27 (0)83 629 7410
    • Distance from Witbank: +/-72.3km

Map of Resorts:

Map Forever Resorts

This part of Mpumalanga is rich in diversity and gives visiitors a guaranteed oportunity to view various species of bird life in and around the reserves.

Click here for more information.

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