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Welcome to the GLBR - Greater Limpopo Birding Route

 
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The Limpopo Province, with its vast unexplored areas and diverse habitats, offers one of the most exciting birding destinations in Southern Africa.  Habitats range from vast tracts of montane grassland to afro-temperate forests, bushveld and wetlands. 

 

GLBR Introduction

 

This website gives you enough information to access many of these habitats and landscapes.  The Eastern Escarpment (including Magoebaskloof) and the Soutpansberg mountain range create relief in the landscape which allows for the development of afro-temperate forests.  The lowland rivers such as the Limpopo, Levubu and Letaba rivers form corridors for species normally associated with coastal forests.  Nylsvley is one of the best known wetlands in South Africa and due to its importance for
birds has been declared a RAMSAR site. 

Many different kinds of woodland and bushveld types are found within the province hosting an incredible variety of birds.

There are a number of species that are easier to find in the Limpopo Province than in the rest of the country.  These are Short-clawed Lark, Shelley's Francolin, Grey-headed Parrot, African Broadbill, Crested Guineafowl.  In addition to this, many Central and East African bird species reach their southern-most distribution here and thus will not be found anywhere else in the country.  These include species such as Black-fronted Bushshrike, Arnott's Chat, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Racket-tailed Roller, Senegal Coucal and Tropical Boubou.

The province has three National Parks and numerous provincial and municipal reserves within its borders.  Kruger National Park, Mapungubwe and Maraklele National Parks are visited by hundreds of birdwatchers every year.  Provincial Nature Reserves and Municipal Reserves are important sites for bird conservation.  For example Blouberg Nature Reserve which is the home to one of the largest Cape Vulture breeding colonies in Southern Africa and Polokwane Nature Reserves has healthy populations of Short-clawed Lark.

Because Limpopo Province has tracts of relatively unexplored habitats as well as its more famous sites, intrepid birders are fortunate to have the opportunity to make exiting discoveries wherever they venture.


Birding in the Greater Limpopo Area

 

This is an ideal destination for both the beginner and the experienced birder.  The abundance of birds will always make a short trip to the region well worthwhile.  The area boasts 35 Southern African endemics and 48 Southern African near endemics. 

Over 600 bird species have been recorded in the province of which 420 are resident.  The area offers pleasant and easy bird watching, but if you are chasing species see the Regional Specials and our 'Big 10' hit list for each sub-route. 


About the Greater-Limpopo Birding Routes (GLBR)

 

The GLBR grew out of the original 'Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route'. 

It now consists of four sub-routes: the 'Soutpansberg-Limpopo Birding Route (SLBR) and the Capricorn-Letaba Birding Route (CLBR) the Waterberg-Nylsvley Birding Route (WNBR) and the Kruger to Canyons Birding Route (K2C).  

The GLBR is managed by a executive committee made up of representatives from each route and run by a project manager in partnership with Birdlife South Africa .


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