Bird Viewing Opportunities

The North West offers exciting and rare bird viewing opportunities. Far more than the “Big Five” Friends of the feathered kind, grab your binoc’s, don your boots and visit our numerous birding venues, albeit on foot, in a hide or on canoe.

We offer many rewarding experiences..

Barberspan Bird Sanctuary

One of the largest waterfowl sanctuaries in South Africa. Over 350 bird species have been recorded here. It has a total bird count of approximately 12000 birds. Some of the more striking recorded species include Pinkbacked Pelican, Goliath Heron, Black Egret, Yellow Billed stork, African Spoonbill, Greater Flamingo and Lesser Flamingo, White faced Duck, South African Shell Duck, Cape Shoveller, Purple Gallinule, Wood Sand Piper, Marsh Sandpiper, Green Shank, Curlew Sandpiper, Caspian Tern and Levaillant’s Cisticola.
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Cape Vulture Conservancy

Tel: +27 (0)12 252 0335/
The largest and most successful colonies of the vulnerable Cape Vulture occur in the magnificent Magaliesberg conservancy.

Delareyville Salt Pans

Tel: +27 (0)53 948 0900/

Large salt pans near town attract thousands of flamingoes in summer months. A not to be missed birding experience.

Dome Trails

Dome Highland Trails / Koepelroetes
Tel: +27 (0)18 294 8572/
Fax: +27 (0)18 297 7976
Cell: +27 (0)82 856 9736/
email: [email protected]

An “ornithologists’ paradise” 400 bird species and ample small game to behold whilst hiking the numerous trails, canoeing, abseiling or rock climbing in breathtaking mountainous terrain. A variety of accommodation is available.

Groot Marico Bushveld Tours

Tel: +27 (0)14 503 0085/
Cell: +27 (0)83 272 2955/ (Santa van Bart)

More than 450 species have been recorded in this beautiful terrain. Book well in advance as tours are popular.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Tel: +27 (0)83 529 8282/
75 000 hectares is home to the biggest game relocation programme ever. Over 10 000 animals of 27 major species have been re-introduced under “Operation Phoenix”. View the “Big Five”. Qualified, armed rangers will accompany you on open Land Rover safaris or bush walks. An abundance (260) of resident and migrant bird species can be found.
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Makalani Bird Park

+27 (0)12 253 0656/
Located near Hartbeespoort Dam. Daily bird shows – a must for the children.

OPM Prozesky Bird Sanctuary

Tel: +27 (0)18 299-5130/2/
Over 200 bird species occur adjacent to the Mooi River in a 60 hectare sanctuary with viewing shelters.

Pilanesberg National Park

Tel: +27 (0)14 555 5355/
55 000 hectare supports over 7 000 head of game, including the Big Five and 300 bird species. Facilities include pools, golf courses and restaurants. Accommodation ranges from tents to luxurious chalets. A large diversity of flora and fauna, where the “Big Five” roam and over 300 bird species occur. Guided day and night game drives are available, as well as hot air balloon safaris.
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