Mariepskop Nature Reserve
About the Birding
The Mariepskop Nature Reserve is located against the slopes and on top of the Drakensberg escarpment. The relatively small area on top of the escarpment (± 2000 m above sea level) is unique in supporting small areas of fynbos, a biome normally only found in the cape regions. This small and isolated pocket of fynbos harbours an extraordinary diversity of plant species that attract birds that are hard to see elsewhere on this Birding Route such as Gurney’s sugarbird, Greater Double-collared Sunbird and Cape canary.
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
At the Forestry Office, you can obtain a permit to visit the fynbos area on top of the escarpment. An obligatory guide will accompany you to the top to show you around and give information about the area, flora and fauna. There are a variety of hiking trails of varying distances and difficulty available. All the trails start at the Forestry Office, where a booklet with information about the various trails is available.