Hoedspruit – Manoutsa Vulture Colony
About the Birding
The Manoutsa Vulture Colony, situated on the cliffs of the Drakensberg Escarpment, holds up to 660 pairs of the vulnerable Cape Vulture making it the fourth largest colony in the world. Whilst the vultures are the main attraction, the site is also a good location to view other raptors such as Verreaux’s Eagle, Cape Eagle Owl and the different falcons.
About the Birding Site
The majority of birders actively plan birding trips to areas where they can either see a large number of birds in a short space of time or around rarities/localized species that would not easily be seen elsewhere. The Kruger to Canyons Birding Route offers both these highlights and a captivating wildlife experience to visiting birders.
Other Related Information
The colony is situated on the Manoutsa farm which can be accessed from the R527. The farm is situated on the escarpment side of the road approximately 1km to the west of the R36 turnoff. Pass through the gate and drive 5km along a dirt road to the farmhouse. The vulture colony is situated approximately an hour’s walk/climb from the house although it can be viewed from behind the house. Access is by prior arrangement only, using the details listed below.