Free State (East) – Memel
About the Birding
The area boasts a checklist of approximately 250 bird species. A two to three day stay in the pleasant surroundings is highly recommended, particularly during summer (October to February), when many of the specials of the area are more conspicuous. Most areas are accessible, although road conditions (especially after summer rains) can vary. Lists of 80-100 bird species are usual, while up to 120-130 species may be seen over a weekend in summer.
About the Birding Site
The Memel district is one of South Africa’s top areas for endemic grassland bird species. The main birding habitats in the Memel area are extensive high-altitude plateau grasslands, particularly to the south and south-west of Memel, vleis/wetlands, including the extensive Seekoeivlei Wetland (A RAMSAR site part of Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve immediately to the north of Memel).
Other Related Information
Memel is situated in the north-eastern Free State, where it borders Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, close to the Drakensberg Escarpment. Memel is on the tarred R34, between Vrede (Free State) and Newcastle (KwaZulu-Natal), about 250 km from Johannesburg.
Memel village: -27.680550, 29.564539
Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve (entrance to Waterval): -27.642397, 29.559336