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Albasini Levubu

Eastern Soutpansberg


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The Kliphuis is situated in Entabeni Plantation, high up in the mountains between pristine Afro-montane Grasslands and extensive Afro-temperate Mistbelt forests. The 63 year old Foresters House has been beautifully renovated into a comfortable place to stay with running hot water and a fully equipped kitchen. There are two one-day trails starting from the house taking one through forest and grassland environments. This is where one can find Forest Buzzard, Aryes´ Hawk-Eagle, Bat Hawk, Lemon Dove, Orange Ground-Thrush, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Olive Woodpecker and Black-fronted Bush-Shrike. The Kliphuis can accommodate 8 people or more by arrangement. A more rustic option is the hikers´ hut, which can accommodate 22 people for which you must bring all your own bedding, cooking and eating utensils. High clearance vehicles are recommended. Rates: RRR (for the whole house) & R (for hikers hut)
Tel: 013 754 2724 | Fax: 013 754 2790 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

 Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge

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- This 300 hectar farm is 10 km from Louis Trichard on the eastern slopes of the Soutpansberg mountains. The property stretches from the base of the mountain in a bushveld area through the montane forests on the eastern slopes of the mountain to the top of the range where proteas are found. There is a network of walking trails on the farm and birding is rewarding as all the habitats are easily assessable. Over 200 species can be found on the farm and some of the specials include Eastern Nicator, Gogeous bushshrike, African Wood Owl, Scaly Throated Honeyguide, Green Twinspot, Narina Trogan and African Crowned Eagle The accommodation consists of guest houses with self catering facilities, guest rooms and camping facilities. The guest houses and rooms are located in or around the original farm house. The farm house includes a lounge and dining area, open plan kitchen, reception, craft shop, verandahs and a refreshing swimming pool and garden. The Lodge can also cater for breakfast, lunch and dinner on request.
Tel: + 27 (0) 15 516 02 2 | Cel: + 27 (0) 83 342 41 6 | Fax: + 27 (0) 86 648 29 2 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

 Morning Sun Nature Reserve and Mashovhela Lodge

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The 2000 hectare reserve is in the heart of the Soutpansberg mountains. As the reserve in on the northern slopes of the mountain range and has a number of rivers and streams flowing through the area it has a wide range of habitats including arid mountain bushveld, rivirine forests and semi-deciduous scrup forest together with high mountain grassland, rock slopes and high cliffs. This results in a wide varitiey of birds including Verraux’s Eagles that nest in sight of the lodge, and in the riverine bush around the lodge Gorgous Bush-Shrike, Blue-mantled Crested Flycatcher, Narina Trogon, Purple-crested Lourie and flocks of exquisite Crested Guineafowl. A number of specials have been seen here on and off including Pink-throated Twinspot, Blue-spotted Wood-Dove, Golden-backed Pytlia, Cape Vulture, Peregrine Falcon, Black Stork and Bat Hawk. The lodge has 10 intimate en-suite chalets, have a unique ethnic feel, whilst offering complete comfort and privacy. Children are accommodated in our family friendly unit, and there is also a resturant and conference centre.
Tel: +27 (0) 15 517 7176 | Cel: +27(0) 79 602 5482 | Fax: +27(0) 12991 6930 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

Kruger National Park

North Western Flats


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A rare opportunity to experience wildest Africa…Set between the mighty Limpopo and Mogalakwena rivers and on the border between South Africa and Botswana, Bivack Game Lodge more than meets the challenge of living up to its name. Meaning “shelter”, Bivack is home to not only 2500 hectares of riverine and mopane bushveld but also to a great concentration and diversity of birdlife and wildlife. Some of the bird species that can be seen here include Verreaux’s eagles, Marabou, Yellow-billed, Abdim’s and Saddle-billed Storks, Goliath Heron, Martial Eagle, Great-spotted Cuckoo and Senegal Coucal. At night you can hear Rufous-cheeked European Nightjars or even Pearl-spotted and Spotted Eagle-Owl. Other regional specials include Meyer’s Parrot, Broad-billed Roller, Dusky Lark, Meves’s Starling, Tropical Boubou and Lark-like Bunting. Although Bivack’s 4-star fully catered bush camp can easily accommodate 15 people at a time, it limits the number of bookings it takes, ensuring that each stay is tailormade to our guests’ requirements. Well known for its friendly staff and excellent cuisine, it also offers a variety of activities, from driving and walking safaris to even a memorable visit to Mapungubwe. Bivack’s dedication to its natural environment, together with that of pampered luxury, ensures that it retains its reputation as the “unforgettable jewel of the north”.
Tel: +27(0)15 5751499 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

 Umkwali Tented Bush Camp

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This18 000 hectare property specializes in the ‘cheetah experience’ where you track cheetah on foot, but the vast property near Alldays is an excellent birding venue. The area has a strong Kalahari aspect to the habitat and as a result is a good area for the dry land species of Limpopo. Crimson Breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub Robin, Barred Wren Warbler and Kori Bustard can all be seen here while safely walking on trails in the reserve. There is also some good knob thorn woodland that is excellent for raptors like Ovambo Sparrowhawk, Gabar Goshawk and both Pale and Dark Chanting Goshawk can be seen here. The camp has 4 tents, each set on a wooden deck with an en-suite, open-air bathroom. The camp is lit by fire light and parrafine lanterns which seem to amplify the nights sound of Africa as Guests relax and enjoy the evening
Cel: +27 82 554 9016 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

North-eastern Venda

 Golwe, Vhurivhuri Picnic & Campsite

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Golwe Picnic and Campsite is a large shady site situated in a secluded valley in Venda off the Masisi Road. The site is rural and tranquil, an ideal place to get-away to. Bird watching is good in and around the campsite. At dawn one can hear African Broadbill around the campsite. Other special birds are Pink-throated Twinspot, Scaly-throated Honeyguide and Crowned Hornbill. Marked circular trails lead from the campsite up the valley and to a waterfall. The campsite offers a convenient base from which to visit Mpaphuli Cycad Reserve, Makhuya Park and the Gundani Brachystegia Woodland. We recommend booking Christopher Nethonzhe, who is the local site guide (Birdlife SA accredited) to guide you along the trails. Golwe is owned and run by members of the Vhurivhuri community. All proceeds go towards the development of the community and supporting unemployed people in the village. The campsite has ablution facilities with hot/cold water and flushing toilets, braai stands, picnic tables and 4 camp sites. Firewood is available to buy. The area is multifunctional and can accommodate people who want to have open-air meetings and parties. The site is accessible to 2-wheel drive vehicles and caravans. How to get there: From the south - Turn off the R524 towards Thohoyandou. Drive through Thohoyandou to Sibasa and straight on to the T-junction indicating Donald Fraser Hospital (left) and Masisi (right). Go right towards Masisi. Continue towards Masisi for another 37 km. (At time of writing the last 25km of this road which is gravel was to be tarred) Turn right off the road towards Lambani/ Gunda and follow the signboards to the site for another 1,8 km. From the north - Turn off the R525 at Masisi towards Tshikondeni Mine. Do not take the left turn to the mine but continue straight on towards Sibasa/Thohoyandou for another +/- 25km. The site is sign posted off this road to your right. Contact details: Booking is not required, but notice of your arrival is appreciated, so that preparations can be made. Christopher Nethonzhe: 076 302 9383 (Community Representative) Ernest: 076 196 3691 (Community Representative) Rates/Entry Fee: R5 per adult entry. R5 per vehicle. R30 per adult camping. Day visitors welcome.
Tel: 076 302 9383 | Cel: 076 196 3691 | |  More_Info_>>

 Gundani Mutsiwa Campsite (Brachystegia Woodland)

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This is the only known patch of Miombo (Brachystegia) woodland in South Africa. Miombo woodland is common in Zimbabwe and further north. A number of bird specials associated with Miombo have been seen here. These are White-breasted Cuckooshrike and Southern Hyliota. Frequently seen is Pink-throated Twinspot. If you are lucky you might find Blue-spotted Wood-Dove. There are unconfirmed reports of Red-throated Twinspot and Spotted Creeper (so please send reports of sightings of these species). A charming campsite has been opened at the woodland, funded by the Jensen Charity Foundation and facilitated by the birding route. The campsite will assist the community derive economic benefit from tourism, especially avi-tourism. The people who manage the campsite live in the village and are otherwise unemployed. All proceeds go directly into maintenance of the campsite and into a community fund. There are hot/cold showers, flush toilets, firewood for sale and 6 cleared tent sites. To make the best of the birding in the woodland, you should spend at least one night, preferably two, there. It can get hot, so use the late afternoon and early morning to bird. There is a marked trail into the woodland and thus 4x4´s are not required. However do be careful in the campsite, as the area is very sandy! If you do get stuck the camp assistants will help push you out. To get there: From the south - Turn off the R524 towards Thohoyandou. Drive through Thohoyandou to Sibasa and straight on to the T-junction indicating Donald Fraiser Hospital (left) and Masisi (right). Go right towards Masisi. Continue on this road for 12 km and turn left towards Thengwe. Continue for 5.1 km until and turn right towards Mutale. Continue for 21 km until you see the signboard to Gundani to your right. From this turn off it is 3 km to the campsite. It will take about 45min from Thohoyandou. From the north (Pafuri/ Musina) turn off the R525 and get onto the road that runs past Sagole Spa and the Big Tree. West of the Big Tree is a road to the south marked ´Sibasa´. Take this road, past Shakadza, to where the tar road begins. Follow the tar road until you see the signboard to Gundani, indicating left. Booking is not required, but notice of your arrival is appreciated, so that preparations can be made. John Thavhanyedza: 072 222 9154 (Community Representative) Vho-Musanda Miranda: 072 214 0258 (Community Headman) Rates: Entry Fee: R30 pp camping. R5 pp for day entry. R5 per vehicle.
Tel: 072 222 9154 | Cel: 072 214 0258 | |  More_Info_>>

Western Limpopo River Valley


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If you need to get into the bush, relax and feel un-pressured, this is the place to be. With little interference from the owners you really have the place to yourself. Mmabolela covers 5300 ha of dry bushveld with 12 km of Limpopo river frontage. It is renowned for its exceptional wealth of birdlife. Over 300 bird species have been recorded in the area. Specials include African Finfoot, Verreaux´s Eagle Owl, Broadbill Roller and Dusky Lark. The combination of permanent pools in the Limpopo River, tall riparian woodland and arid thornveld, intersected by numerous ephemeral streams provides a rich diversity of habitats and plant communities. In addition many migrants traverse the area during spring and autumn. There are a number of (self-drive) game drives and circuit routes that cover the entire reserve. The absence of elephant or lion makes walking, jogging and biking all possible. The Weerderdooper Homestead offers old-fashioned relaxation and quietude with three double rooms and the adjacent cottages four en-suite double rooms. The quaint Tuli homestead (paraffin & gas) has four double bedrooms. Both houses are fully equipped, staffed and only self-catering accommodation is offered. Visits to Mmabolela are limited to homestead guests only ensuring an exclusive ´go-where-you-will´ stay. Rates: R250 pp minimum of R1000 pd (Tuli Homestead) - R250 pp with a minimum of R1250 (Weerderdooper Homestead) for the whole house.
Tel: 014 767 1187 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

 Tuli Safari Lodge

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Tuli Safari Lodge operates in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, a beautiful, unspoilt corner of Botswana home to diverse wildlife, over 350 birds species and boasting a rich cultural heritage, just a few minutes’ drive from the Pont Drift border post. We offer varied accommodation options: • Tuli Safari Lodge: a charming home-from-home on the banks of the Limpopo. With friendly staff and just 8 individually designed suites, we can offer our guests a personalised, relaxed and exciting stay. All suites have double/twin beds, en-suite bathrooms, sitting areas and air conditioning. • Nokalodi: our rustic self-catering bush camp, with 4 en-suite meru-style tents and fully-equipped kitchen/braai area. Nokalodi overlooks beautiful riverine bush and is backed by a massive sandstone cliff where resident Black Eagles nest. • Molema: our community joint venture camp site (4 sites each with own reed-enclosed shower/toilet/basin & braai facility) and 4 fully-furnished self-catering chalets, located near the Platjan border post. The area is scenically very different to the rest of Botswana, with dominant basalt formations and large areas of rugged sandstone hills and ridges, together with a network of mostly dry riverbeds and riverine forests as well as open grasslands and marshy areas. Tuli is recognised as an Important Bird Area, and specials in the area include Kori bustard, Senegal coucal, Threebanded courser, Ayre’s Hawk Eagle, Bat Hawk and Pel’s fishing owl. As well as birding with our accredited local bird guide, you can enjoy game drives & walks, spend time at our hides and participate in our community & conservation projects. Tuli is a great destination in its own right, and also an ideal stop-off point en route to the Kalahari, Delta, Chobe & beyond, or a natural extension to a Limpopo/Waterberg/Northern Kruger trip. Email: or Web:
Tel: +267 264 5343 | Fax: +267 264 5344 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

 Venitia Limpopo Nature Reserve

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This De Beer’s property that is situated adjacent to the Mapungubwe National Park member of the national Diamond Birding Route. The 33 000 hectare reserve is dominated by mopane woodland and has beautiful riverine forests and sandstone cliffs in the north. Over 4oo species have been recorded in the reserve including Mayer’s Parrot, Meve’s Starling, Senegal Coucal and Tropical Boubou. The Lodge called Little Muck, can accommodate 17 people in three luxury air-conditioned chalets or in three separate air-conditioned double rooms. The central lodge has a fully equipped kitchen and an open dinning and recreation area with a pub, swimming pool and camp fire. Guests can choose to be self catering or fully catered. The lodge is set amongst the sandstone outcrops of the area and birds often seen around the camp include African Green Pigeon, Black-faced Waxbill, and Grey-backed Camaroptera. The reserve has a trained bird guide who can take guests to the local birding hotspots in the area or for walks in the reserve. You can also go wild dog tracking, and have the chance of seeing Elephant, White and Black Rhino and a variety of antelope species on the reserve.
Tel: 015 534 2986 or 015 | Fax: 015 534 0971 | e-mail:| venitia.reserve@debeersgroup.c  |  More_Info_>>

Western Soutpansberg

 Buzzard Mountain Retreat

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Buzzard Mountain Retreat was one of the first privately owned areas in the Soutpansberg to become known to the birding fraternity. To this day it is still one of the best-known birding spots in this area. It is situated on the southern slopes and top of the mountain. Habitat varies from Sweet Mixed Bushveld to Afrotemperate Mist-belt Forest to Afromontane Grasslands with Proteas where Cape Rock Thrush, Cape Grassbird, Malachite Sunbird and Gurney´s Sugarbird are found. From the high cliffs, overlooking the mountains one gets excellent views of a variety of raptors especially falcons. Look out for Lanner & Peregrine Falcon, Verreaux´s Eagle and Jackal Buzzard. Before descending from the cliffs keep a sharp eye out for the Cape Eagle-Owls as they live on this rocky plateau. Walk along the trails through the forests below the cliffs and look out for Orange-winged Pytilia, Green Twinspot, Lemon Dove, Forest Buzzard and Aryer´s Hawk-Eagle to name just a few. The very affordable accommodation consists of fully equipped self-catering stone cottages and basic wooden cabins for camping. Day visits must be booked in advance. Rates: R - RR (s/c)
Tel: 015 516 4896 | Cel: 083 469 2526 | Fax: 015 516 4896 | |  More_Info_>>

 Harnham House

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Harnham House is on the Bluegumspoort road not far out of Makhado (Louis Trichardt). The Bluegumspoort road runs along a valley on the top of the Soutpansberg mountains making it one of the most scenic drives in the area. The vegetation is montane grasslands with mosaic forest patches in the kloofs. On the property there are lovely mountain streams and dams. There are no marked trails, but you can wonder up the mountain at your leisure. Birds to see here are Long-crested Eagle, African Wood-Owl, Black Saw-wing, Cape Batis, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Streaky-headed Seed-eater. There are three options for accommodation: The House which has five bedrooms and sleeps 10 - 12 guests with a fully equipped kitchen, DSTV lounge, fire place, pool, Jacuzzi and private Boma; the Mountain Cottage which is a self catering unit with two bedrooms and sleeps 4 guests and lastly two 4-bed chalets on the dam with boma and braai areas. Camping is also available with ablution facilities. Full catering is by prior arrangement. Rates: RRR (s/c & c)
Tel: 015 517 7260 | Cel: 082 894 1636 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

 Lajuma Mountain Retreat

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Lajuma is situated high up on the southern slopes of the Soutpansberg mountain range. Ian Gaigher, the owner, has been very involved in setting up the Western Soutpansberg Conservancy and has a strong interest and knowledge of the mountain and its natural environment. The farm has afro-temperate forest, riverine forest, wetlands, woodlands, thickets and montane grassland. Bird specials are breeding pairs of Verreaux´s Eagle, African Crowned Eagle and Jackal Buzzard. Crested Guineafowl and Narina Trogon are abundant. Mountain Wagtail, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Grey Cuckoo Shrike and White-Starred Robin are found as well as six species of pigeons and doves. Three types of accommodation are available all of which are separate, en suite and fully equipped for self-catering. The Waterfall Lodge is situated in an isolated valley overlooking a small waterfall. The lodge consists of two chalets, each with a double and a single bed, and an enclosed lapa with kitchen, lounge and fireplace. The Forest Chalet is nestled against a forest with a view of the mountain in front. This can accommodate two people or a couple with small children. The Wilderness Camp can accommodate up to 30 people in six units. Rates: RR-RRR (s/c & c)
Tel: 015 593 0352 | Cel: 083 308 7027 | Fax: 015 593 0352 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

 Lesheba Wilderness

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Once you have been to Lesheba, you are going to want to go again and again. It stretches along the top of the Soutpansberg Mountains. The bird life is good: over 260 species have been recorded on this property alone. The tree diversity is also very high, with over 380 different plant species. Peter, your host, is passionate about trees and a walk with him will make you wonder why you have become a birdwatcher and not a botaniser. Game includes leopard, white rhino, wildebeest and giraffe, which you can see on foot or on game drives. A wide variety of habitat types are found on the farm: open grassland, woodland, arid mountain bushveld and afro-temperate mistbelt forest. There are 10 marked hiking trails of varying length, covering most of the farm. Two exclusive bush camps, both fully equipped for self-catering. Full catering is offered from The Village. Internationally acclaimed Venda artist, Noria Mabasa, helped create the Venda Village. At the village there is a luxury outdoor bathroom and a thatched lapa with fireplace. The Village sleeps 13 sharing; with en-suite accommodation. The second bush camp, Hamasha, has four en-suite bedrooms with a lounge, indoor fireplace and braai and sleeps 8 sharing. Rates: RRR (s/c) RRRR (c)
Tel: 015 593 0076 | Cel: 083 444 0456 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

 Medike Mountain Reserve

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Medike Mountain Reserve is nestled deep in the Sand River Gorge in the heart of the Soutpansberg Mountains. Marietjie and Hannes Underhay, the owners, have a deep love for the region as well as a broad knowledge of the natural history of the Soutpansberg. The best way to savour Medike´s rich ecological diversity is on foot. More than 30 km of marked hiking trails meander through forested kloofs, rugged gorges, waterfalls, archaeological sites and mountain streams. The diversity of natural habitats (Afrotemperate Forest, Woodlands, Riverine forest, Montane Grassland and Arid Mountain Bushveld) found on Medike, affords a large variety of fauna and flora. Nearly 200 bird species have been identified, including the Crested Guineafowl, Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, African Crowned Eagle, Eastern Nicator and the Narina Trogon. Other bird specials include the African Fish-Eagle, Osprey, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Little Sparrow-Hawk, Gabar Goshawk, Purple Crested and Knysna Turacos. Accommodation is fully equipped self-catering or with the option of meals. Murango Boulder Cottage sleeps 7 and is built into gigantic boulders on the banks of the Sand River. Dzhiawolala Pioneer Cottage sleeps 7 and is a restored old trading post, dating from the early nineteen thirties. Masianoke Log Cabin sleeps 4 and is nestled in the mountainside with a wooden deck overlooking the cliffs of the Sand River Gorge. Rates R-RR (s/c) RRR (c)
Tel: 015 516 0481 | Cel: 082 893 2958 | Fax: 088 015 516 0481 | e-mail:|  |  More_Info_>>

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