North West – Breedtsnek Pass
About the Birding
This birding route is based on driving the pass from the south, in a northerly direction.
Shortly after crossing into the North-West Province (from Gauteng), on the R24, at precisely 25°54’50.9″S 27°26’57.0″E (-25.914149, 27.449155), you will see a turnoff to ‘T3 Panorama Route’ to the north (towards the Magaliesberg Mountains). This is the start of the Breedtsnek Pass road, and the first 4-5km pass through a mix of disturbed grasslands, farmed lands, scattered acacia patches along with a stream and associated wetland.
About the Birding Site
This exciting, yet rugged mountain pass takes you on a transect over the Magaliesberg Mountains between Maanhaarand in the south and Buffelspoort in the north. A wide range of habitats are encountered on the length of this public gravel road, ranging from disturbed grasslands and farmlands, densely wooded slopes (a mix of broad-leaved woodland and acacia on sandy soils, to almost forest-like dense woodland), small streams and vlei areas, to open, rocky mountainous grasslands with scattered shrubbery at the top of the Magaliesberg.
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Access and facilities:
This site is a public gravel road. Please note that this road is not maintained, and it has progressively gotten more rugged and bumpy each year. This road is not for the faint of heart, with a number of rocky obstacles that need to be negotiated. Please note that this road may be impassable in, or shortly after rains. A high clearance, and preferably a 4×4 vehicle is required.