North West – Barberspan Nature Reserve
About the Birding
This Nature Reserve is located just off the N14, between the towns of Sannieshof and Delareyville. At precisely here (26°36’05.1″S 25°36’31.3″E, or -26.601407, 25.608699), take signposted turnoff to Barberspan/Deelpan, and follow the road for 6.3km, until you reach the entrance gate. The reception offices are located just within this entrance gate, where you must check in and pay your entrance fee. This is the ‘birding area’ portion of the nature reserve (the area you passed closer to the N14 is the ‘fishing portion’.
About the Birding Site
This area covers two large expanses of water, one of which is the RAMSAR registered Barberspan pan, and the surrounding wetlands. This area is fed by the Harts River and is one of the largest waterfowl sanctuaries in Southern Africa. The water area extends over an area of 2000 ha and the whole reserve covers an area of 4000 ha. Barberspan is a registered Important Bird Area. Aside from the large pan and water habitat, the sanctuary is otherwise dominated by open grasslands with small pockets of acacia thornveld.
Other Related Information
Access and facilities:
The entrance gate is located precisely at these coordinates (26°32’44.7″S 25°36’23.6″E, or -26.545750, 25.606550), and the reception offices are a short distance through this gate.
Angling: R20,00 per person per day (Only Angler pays this fee – includes children) + gate entrance fee