North-east Venda – Sagole Big Tree
About the Birding
This tree has been recorded as the largest Boabab tree in the world and is the best place to see Mottled Spinetail, particularly in the late evening and early morning. It is on communal land with relatively poor roads and, if you do plan to wait for birds, make sure you are confident to drive back in the dark to your accommodation. The closest places to stay are Gundani Mutsiwa Campsite and Pafuri River Camp.
If arranged in advance, staff from Pafuri River Camp can take you to the tree. There has been some effort made by the authorities to formalize access to the tree by building a good gravel road to the site and by erecting a fence around the tree and entrance fees are now required. The signage to the tree has improved over the last few years.
Other Related Information
From the R525 follow signs to Sagole Spa (Tshipise). The tree is west of Sagole Spa and is marked off the “Mutele B – Folovhodwe” road with a signboard reading “Big Tree”. If you get lost, just ask for directions.
From the Gundani Mutsiwa Campsite go north towards Muswodi. When you reach a T-junction turn right towards Sagole Spa and continue until you see the signboard to the “Big Tree”.
GPS: -22.50011963935697, 30.633201541937215
Scholars/Learners (6 – 17 years): R15
Children under 6 years: Free