Free State (North) – Greater Sasolburg (Meulsteenpan, Bongani Mabaso Eco Park, Heron Banks Wetlands and Wolwehoek)
About the Birding
There are a number of sites close to Sasolburg with access to the Vaal River and associated wetlands and tributaries, where visitors can expect good birds such as Goliath Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Giant Kingfisher, Tawny-flanked Prinia, African Jacana, Black Crake, Thick-billed Weaver, Squacco Heron and Great Crested Grebe. African Black Duck is resident on the river and the full suite of highveld ducks and geese, including Blue-billed (Hottentot) Teal, White-backed Duck and Maccoa Duck, can be ticked during a visit, especially at nearby Meulsteenpan.
About the Birding Site
First-time visitors to the greater Sasolburg area can be excused for not being overly enthusiastic about its birding potential. However, once they start exploring, they will be pleasantly surprised by the variety of habitats and their associated avifauna. Habitats in this extreme northern corner of the Free State include the Vaal River and its riverine woodland, grassland, agricultural pastureland, acacia savanna, broadleaved woodland, urban gardens, ephemeral and permanent wetlands, industrial purification reservoirs and a mosaic of protected areas, including the well-known Bongani Mabaso Eco Park and the Riemland Bird Sanctuary.
Other Related Information
Sasolburg is located on close to the Vaal River, east of the N1, from which it may be reached on the R59: -26.819250, 27.840619
The area has an extensive network of good country roads begging for exploration.