Free State (East) – Loch Lomond
About the Birding
The Loch Lomond Pan offers fantastic birding, specifically for species associated with water and wetlands. As an example, most of the duck and teal species occurring in South Africa can be located here in under an hour, this includes Yellow-billed-, African Black-, White-faced Whistling-, Fulvous Whistling-and the rather rare Maccoa Duck, Cape Shoveler, South African Shelduck, Cape-, Hottentot-, and Red-billed Teal, with even one record of a Knob-billed Duck.
About the Birding Site
Loch Lomond Pan (-28.191313°, 28.309553°) is located just north of Bethlehem town. This area is municipal property with free access on a dirt road, usually in good condition, but can become a bit muddy after heavy rains. The area used to be a public resort, but has been abandoned for many years. Many people however still utilise the area to fish and picnic. The old resort area is located on the opposite side of the pan from the local township, called Bohlokong.
Other Related Information
Recommended accommodation nearby:
No BirdLife Recommended Accommodations are currently available in the area.
Local guide information:
No BirdLife Recommended Tour Operators or local guides are currently available in the area.