Highlands and Wetlands – Wakkerstroom
About the Birding
The village of Wakkerstroom is a convenient place to stay during your birding exploration of the surroundings. Most of this exploration can be done from the comfort of your car as the network of nearly 1000kms of gravel roads radiate out from the village. Making use of the services of a trained local bird guide will elevate your experience and ensure you tick your species wish list.
About the Birding Site
The Wakkerstroom village is located at the southern edge of the province where it joins KwaZulu Natal. Lying in a valley, at an altitude of 1760m, much of the surrounding country is above 2000m, meaning cooler climate and a shortened summer growing season. The large wetland straddles the north-western side of Wakkerstroom with an area of approximately 700ha. This is one of the larger reed-marshes on South Africa and supports an interesting and diverse wetland fauna. A typical stroll through the wetland can produce up to 70 species of birds in a morning. A day spent exploring further out into the district could result in 110 species (including some special endemics), in the company of a local bird guide.
Other Related Information
All bird hides and routes are free. The BirdLife South Africa Wakkerstroom Centre (-27.351529, -30.113827) is open Monday to Friday 08h00 – 16h30. Over weekends, please call 071 718 1566 / 081 726 5282 for more information or maps of the area.
Bird Guide bookings: 071 718 1566 / 081 726 5282 / email@example.com
Wakkerstroom village restaurants and shops see www.wakkerstroom.co.za for additional information.
Text prepared by:
Kristi Garland and Lucky Ngwenya, BirdLife South Africa