Bosch Luys Kloof Private Nature Reserve
About the Birding
Bosch Luys Kloof is located near the scenic Seweweekspoort, just off the famous R62. The lodge is nestled in an isolated valley in the Karoo, north of the Great Swartberg. It is surrounded by unspoilt mountain wilderness and more than 130 different bird species, including a number of endemics have been recorded. The two bird hides, the lodge’s garden and any one of our guided drives or various hiking trails will provide you with ample opportunity to see a number of different bird species. The lodge and Reserve do not allow day visitors, but a drive along the main gravel road ending at Gamkapoort dam on the border of our eastern boundary is accessible to the public, allowing the opportunity for great sightings.
About the Birding Site
There are a number of different vegetation types on the Reserve in turn creating a diversity of habitats for different bird species. Mountain Fynbos dominates the higher reaches along the southern border just north of the well-known Gamkaskloof (Die Hel), while Karroid Thicket makes up the rest of the Reserve south of the Bosch Luys Kloof River. A band of Acacia Riverine Thicket runs east to west along the centre of Bosch Luys Kloof on either side of the river all along the central valley floor and provides ample nesting sites for many bird species. Karroid Broken Veld and Inland Renosterveld dominate the northern section of the Reserve leading up to the Witteberg mountain.
Other Related Information
The Bosch Luys Kloof lodge and Reserve is not open for day visitors, but the main gravel road running all the way through the Reserve from our entrance gate (-33.350428, 21.457776) near to Seweweekspoort on the west to the Gamkapoort dam (-33.2992223, 21.625787) on the eastern end is accessible and provides great birding opportunities.
Text prepared by: Bruce Garven, Reserve General Manager, Bosch Luys Kloof